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Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia

Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia

The Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia is a large green area where important Etruscan and Roman remains are preserved. In the 1990s, some experts identified some perfectly preserved Etruscan necropolis not far from the beach of Baratti.
These are mound tombs and tombs carved into the rock that for centuries have been buried and protected by heaps of iron. In Etruscan-Roman times, this area was in fact an active industrial center for the processing of iron that was extracted from the Island of Elba.
Those that today are the small villages of Baratti and Populonia were very animated cities, protagonists of local commerce. From the first century BC, the area lost importance and was depopulated remaining almost uninhabited until the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
In the park area, several Roman monuments, Etruscan temples and necropolises have come to light and can now be visited by the public. The main attractions of the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia are certainly the Necropoli of San Cerbone, the Necropoli delle Grotte and the Roman Acropolis.
Visitors can walk freely within the protected area following well-marked paths, or in the company of an expert guide. Some information boards indicate the presence of various attractions. These are very simple natural paths to follow, suitable for the whole family.