Guide to visit the Etruscan Coast
The Etruscan Coast is a long stretch of coast that goes from Livorno to Piombino and includes many towns in the province of Livorno. On the coast we find seaside resorts such as Castiglioncello, San Vincenzo and Baratti, while inland we find delightful villages such as Bolgheri, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima.
The name derives from the presence of numerous Etruscan finds, especially necropolis, which inhabited these parts in remote eras especially in the area around the Gulf of Baratti and Populonia, a hamlet founded by the Etruscans. In the area there are also archaeological parks such as the Parco archeominerario di San Silvestro and the Parco archeologico di Baratti e Populonia. Very beautiful also the naturalistic areas among which there are the Parco costiero di Rimigliano and that of the Parco della Sterpaia.
Main places to visit in the Etruscan Coast
- Castagneto Carducci
- Campiglia Marittima
Renamed in the early twentieth century in honor of the italian poet Giosuè Carducci, Castagneto Carducci is a pleasant hilltop village where the great poet spent most of his childhood. Here we find museum about this poet and a literary park, that includes some itineraries to discover the places that inspired his works.
In a tour of the Etruscan Coast, a stop in Bolgheri is a must. Here are produced some of the finest wines in all of Tuscany such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia. In addition to its wines, Bolgheri is famous for its long tree-lined avenue leading from the provincial road to the gates of the village and to the castle that welcomes visitors upon their arrival.
Sassetta is a small and charming village in the Val di Cornia. Inserted in a valuable naturalistic context, made of woods and forests, the village preserves some interesting monuments and a peculiar artistic vivacity linked to the activities of the Simposio di Scultura (Sculpture Symposium).
Suvereto is a village of the outback rich in history and culture. Here we find many monuments, churches, museums and a fortress that dominates the town from above. In addition to the Rocca Aldobrandesca, the Pieve di San Giusto with its museum and the Palazzo Comunale are undoubtedly worth seeing.
Campiglia Marittima is a pretty hilltop hamlet, located about 8 kilometers from the coast, which has well preserved its historic urban fabric. Here there are many things to see such as the Rocca, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Propositura of San Lorenzo.
Piombino is one of the main ports of Tuscany; ferries to the island of Elba leave from here. In the historic center there are some monuments to visit such as the Palazzo Comunale and the Castle, and a couple of interesting museums, such as the Museo archeologico del Territorio di Populonia, but the thing that more than any other attracts the interest is probably the spectacular Piazza Bovio overlooking the sea: a truly unmissable viewpoint!
As we said at the beginning, Populonia was founded by the Etruscans and in its surroundings you can admire many works of this ancient people. To get in touch with this culture I suggest you to visit both the Parco di Archeologico-naturalistico di Populonia e Baratti and the Museo Etrusco di Populonia. After the Etruscan period, Populonia also knew a Roman phase of which there remain many evidences clearly visible thanks to the excavations of the acropolis. Finally, there is also a beautiful fortress from which you can appreciate a magnificent view of the sea.