Baratti and Populonia Archeological Park

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Baratti and Populonia Archeological Park

Baratti and Populonia Archeological Park
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Mary Orthodontist
Warrington, UK17 contributions
Interesting place
Jul. 2020 • Family
The place is interesting, stories heard here are something new, not that what u can read from the books of history. Maybe better to visit in the morning or in the May/September-many objects are located under the full sun with no hope for shadow. Recommended 9 out of 10
Written 23 July 2020
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Poland121 contributions
Interesting museum
The video in the begining gives you an insight into Etruskan culture. It is worth seeing it before visiting other places connected with this culture. The ticket is cheap (5€) and also covers the visit at the tower nearby. In the museum there are interesting exhibits.
Written 3 July 2019
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Stuttgart, Germany85 contributions
What you need to know before you go...
May 2019 • Family
There are really 3 different sites to see here: you can do them in any order but here's what you need to know. If you choose to bike here -- the ride up to Populonia is steep and windy so I'd recommend you drive unless you're an elite cyclist!
The medieval tower is located at the top to the right of the parking lot and the views from the lot itself of the Bay of Baratti are spectacular! On a clear day I suspect you can see Elba Island, etc. Inside this walled city you'll be surprised to find a supremely hip and artsy collection of shops and restaurants. Truly fabulous. The entrance to the tower (paid) is inside the walls as well and worth a visit because climbing up to the top (watch your head!!!) is completely stunning! Views for days - must see! My daughter had what she described as the best chocolate gelato EVER at a cafe here (sorry, didn't catch the name!) but it's midway down the main corridor on the left and has a counter for selling meats and cheeses as well.
Leaving the walled city and tower you can take a very short walk down the road to the Acropolis which houses Roman ruins (bath houses, etc.) and takes about an hour to walk through (there is a fee). You can also get a ticket here to see the Necropolis, you'll have to drive back down the mountain and hike 40 minutes into the woods to see them. Unfortunately, we did not do this part because of the length of time involved and our kids were ready to go swimming! BUT...Populonia is a must see!
Written 28 May 2019
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Florence, Italy10,182 contributions
After almost forty years from my first visit, a very welcome experience.
Mar. 2019 • Couples
Almost forty years ago I visited for the first time a part of the Etruscan ruins of Populonia, precisely the "Necropolis of San Cerbone", very close to the Gulf of Baratti.
The area was already very evocative back then, but I visited it quickly, since it was not equipped with organized paths and exhaustive signposts, as it is now. So, when I went later (more than once) to the nearby Baratti beach in the summer, I wasn't encouraged to repeat my visit.
Instead I have recently learned that, after the creation of a true Archaeological Park (which in turn is part of the "Parks of the Val di Cornia" regional system), over the years the areas to be visited have been extended and above all they have been organized with signposted routes, well done explanatory panels (Italian / English) and guided tours (also in languages ​​other than Italian; but as far as I understand the latter are by reservation). I also learned that a complete visit to the Archaeological Park takes quite a whole day.
I then went at the visitor center, at the "Necropolis of San Cerbone" at the opening time (10 am), I inquired about the times of the guided visits (free, in the sense that they are included in the ticket price) and I purchased my ticket for a complete route (20 euros - 15 euros for the over 65; a fair price in relation to what is visited).
We therefore made use of the guided visit to the "Necropolis of San Cerbone" (10:30 am), then of the one to the "Via delle Cave" (path of Quarries; 12:30 am), finally of the one to the "Acropolis" (we were able to take advantage of the last visit, that of 4 pm).
We also traveled, without a guide assistance, the paths connecting the first two necropolises (located at the bottom of the valley), relying on the paper maps provided at the entrance: We thus traveled the winding deviation through the "Via del Ferro" (Iron path; so called because it touches, inter alia, the ruins of two Etruscan buildings once destined for the "roasting" of iron ore to extract the metal), then the signposted path - equally winding - leading to the "Via delle Cave".
The set of visits, both in the morning and in the afternoon, fully satisfied us: thanks to it, we had a complete and evocative view of the story of this extraordinary Etruscan metallurgical city, as well as - as it has repeatedly been reiterated - the only important Etruscan city that arose on the seashore. This vision has also made us want to visit the "Archaeological Museum of the Populonia territory", located in the nearby city of Piombino and which houses almost all the findings of the settlement.
Finally, a tip. If, as we did, you participate in the 10:30 am guided tour in San Cerbone, if then you follow the "Via del Ferro" and you then intend to be at the meeting point by 12:30 for the guided tour of the "Via delle Cave", after you have passed through the "Experimental Archeology Center" buildings, please DO NOT trust the signposts indicating the meeting point, as they will lead you to that point via the longer route. Instead, trust the map that was delivered to you, and that clearly indicates the shortest route. The latter at some point branches off, ascending on the right side of the main route.
Doing so, you will avoid to arrive late at the 12:30 briefing.
Written 1 April 2019
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Geneva, Switzerland26 contributions
Important historical monument
Aug. 2018 • Family
We were welcome by a friendly guide who adapted the explanations such that our children (6 and 8 years old) could understand
Written 10 August 2018
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Montespertoli, Italy70 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Aug. 2018 • Family
We enjoyed a wonderful guided tour of the necropolis at Baratti. Our guide was friendly, well informed and very helpful. I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit! There is plenty to see and several options depending on the time you have available.
Written 5 August 2018
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Tyler H
Florence, Italy132 contributions
A Walk through the Necropolis with the Archaeologists
Apr. 2018
I had the fortunate opportunity to be guided by two archeologists who are specialized in the Etruscan culture and history. I was enamored by the size of the some of the tumuli and the frequency of the tombs carved into the hillsides. The Etruscans are truly a special group of people and if you have the chance to see their tombs and learn more about thier lifestyle I highly recommend visting the park and taking a tour with a guide!
Written 11 June 2018
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Moreno B
Lucca, Italy31 contributions
Take the guided tour of the necropolis
Sep. 2017 • Family
The necropolis is well kept although many of the tombs were damaged during the last century when the slag was removed for iron. It is recommended that you take the
Guided tour so you have a better understanding of what you are looking at. Unfortunately there is no museum and if you wish to
see artifacts, you will need to visit the museums in Piombino or Florence. So this is a little disappointing. In Populonia there is a small private museum with some interesting items. The Castle in Populonia is well worth a visit. You have an excellent 360 degree view from the tower. Recommended for taking a break from the

The beach in Baratti is stunning but in the last 15 years it has become very popular so it can get very crowded, especially in July and August but it is still worth a visit.

Written 13 September 2017
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René Z
Delfgauw, The Netherlands43 contributions
Beautiful place
Jun. 2017 • Couples
The village is beautifully situated on top of a hill or mountain. Once upon a time you can park the car easily and then continue on foot to the village and castle. The castle does not matter much but the view from the tower is breathtaking. The tower to the tower and museum misses about eight euros for two people. It is small and cozy and a little street with small shops and restaurants.
Written 13 June 2017
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Lima, Peru794 contributions
A must-see for those interested in Etruscans
Jun. 2017 • Couples
This is a special kind of site in that it is for archaeology buffs, not necessarily the general public on a Tuscany tour of "big" sites and "big" wines. My wife and I are both retired archaeologists and we absolutely loved it. You park near the access highway and walk about 10 minutes to the visitor center and a large cluster of excavated and partially restored Etruscan mound tombs. One mound has been completely reconstructed and accessible with a guide. The others areas are self-guided and don't have a lot of specific information, but we found them fascinating. Then from the visitor center you take a 40-45 minute hike up to a series of Etruscan tombs carved into the local tufa-type stone. No, they are not filled with treasures and paintings, but there are a lot of them and they are pretty cool. We were there in June and it was hot, but most of the hike is in the shade and we were never miserable. If you are interested in Etruscan archaeology and have more than a few days in Tuscany, this should definitely be on your list.
Written 11 June 2017
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