If you are on vacation on the Etruscan Coast in Tuscany, take the opportunity to discover “The Parks of the Val di Cornia” a system that includes 2 Archaeological Parks, 4 Natural Parks, 3 Museums and 1 Documentation Center. Experience a unique adventure to discover the Etruscans, miners and quarries, and enjoy splendid trekking routes and walks in the unique scenery of the Val di Cornia.
Each park has its peculiarities that distinguish it from others and each deserves a careful visit.
The Sterpaia Coastal Park
A strip of clear and fine sand that extends for about 10 km between the Gulf of Piombino and that of Follonica. Bathed by a crystalline sea, repeatedly awarded with the Blue flag, the Sterpaia Coastal Park beach,
where the Bagno Orizzonte is also located, is ideal for families with children who can play safely and peacefully here. Behind the beach lies a humid forest that reminds us of the ancient coastal landscape of the Maremma.
The Coastal Park of Rimigliano
Extended south of San Vincenzo, a municipality in the province of Livorno, the Rimigliano Park can be ideally divided into two parts: the area that develops over the sea and the innermost area that extends into the Tuscan countryside.
The first is characterized by dunes and clear sand with a rich vegetation and shaped by the sea winds, the second, larger, includes the agricultural areas, the area of the ex-Rimigliano lake, and the forest.
The archaeological park of Populonia and Baratti
The archaeological park extends between Piombino and the Gulf of Baratti and includes the area where the ancient Etruscan and Roman city of Populonia stood. The park, ideal not only for those who love archeology but also for lovers of trekking and walks in the open air,
includes the two necropolises, quarries and industrial areas where metals were worked, the acropolis of Populonia, with the temples, mosaics and buildings from the Roman era, the remains of the first Etruscan settlement and walls.
Archaeological Mines Park of San Silvestro
Located behind the village of Campiglia Marittima, it is is definitely a fascinating destination both from a naturalistic and mining, historical and geological point of view. Among mining galleries, museums and a village that hosted the miners about a thousand years ago,
you will experience a unique and particular experience even with the children who will learn about the mining history of the area on the train that crosses the Temperino mine.