Gulf of Baratti and Populonia
Between Poggio San Leonardo and the promontory of Piombino, a short distance from Fattoria Palazzeta, there is a pristine beach surrounded by greenery: it is the Gulf of Baratti. Along the entire bay of the bay there is a wonderful golden sand that when lit by the sun brings back a thousand colored reflections. Among the grains of sand there are in fact microscopic pieces of iron that shine in the light of the sun. They are the scraps that Etruscans and Romans left on the ground after the processing of iron coming from the Island of Elba.
There are numerous Etruscan necropolis near the gulf and the nearby town of Populonia. The latter was an important Etruscan stronghold which, given its strategic position, allowed the inhabitants to enjoy a beautiful view of the sea.
Today the historic center of Populonia is a destination for excursions and walks that offers picturesque alleys and beautiful vantage points. Here is also the Archaeological Museum in which are preserved many artifacts found on the territory and inside the necropolis.
Most of the historical heritage of the area is however collected in the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, a large green area with many routes for visitors.
TYPICAL HAMLETS AND ART TOWNS NEARBY
Wonderful art towns and typical hamlets around Fattoria Pallazeta are worth a visit. Click on the photos below to see more details.
VOLTERRA (42,5 Km)
SAN GIMIGNANO (71,0 Km)
PISA (61,4 Km)
FLORENCE (159 Km)
SIENA (106 Km)
LUCCA (87,3 Km)