Populonia

Populonia

Populonia is an ancient village in the Val di Cornia, located on the Etruscan coast in the province of Livorno. It was one of the main cities of the Etruscan dodecapolis, as evidenced by the remains of its walls, archaic necropolis and port. Populonia reached its peak around the 6th century B.C., thanks to the wealth derived from metallurgical and commercial activities.

Today the remains of the ancient city can be seen in the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, set up on the promontory: you can admire the Necropolis of the Caves, with rock tombs from the 7th century B.C., the Necropolis of the Tumuli, the Castle of Populonia and the Archaeological Museum. From the park there is a unique view of the Gulf of Baratti, with the Island of Elba in the background.

Populonia's economy is based mainly on seaside tourism, favored by a rocky, unspoiled coastline washed by a crystal clear sea. In addition to beaches, the area offers birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking and archaeological visits. Typical products include Ansonica white wine, cacciucco di mare, and Baratti tuna.

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