Baratti and Populonia
If you like to have a break from your seaside holiday in an half day exursion you can discover one of the most f interesting archeological sites in our country. Take the Aurelia road towards San Vincenzo and then procedining along Via della Principessa until the junction of Baratti.
Populonia , placed on the top of the hill overlooking Baratti ,once was built to defend the territory from foreig attacts ; actually you can visit the acropolis and the small mediovel village animated by artisanal shops and typical restaurants.
Baratti , besides to preserve the ruines of the Etruscan civilization, is famous for its bay and the natural harbour that was known by the time of the Etruscans: this area was used from this ancient population in the processing of iron from Elba Island.
The necropolis of Baratti and its tombs is one of the most important testimonies of the Etruscan funerary architecture ; inside the tombs many archeological finds left us informations about the life and culture of these populations
The archaeological site is open from March to October.