The Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia extends between the slopes of the promontory of Piombino and the Gulf of Baratti, including the area where the ancient Etruscan and Roman city of Populonia once stood, known since ancient times for its intense metallurgical activity to iron production.
The Archaeological Park is part of the Parks of the Val di Cornia and was inaugurated in 1998. It is divided into two visit areas that allow you to grasp the transformation of the landscape and the city over the centuries:
• in the lower part it is possible to see the two necropolises of the Etruscan phase, the calcarenite quarries and the industrial quarters, where the hematite ore from the Elba island deposits was worked to obtain iron ingots.
• in the upper part it is possible to visit the acropolis of Populonia, with the temples, buildings, mosaics and streets of the Roman phase, and the remains of the huts of the first Etruscan settlement and the walls that surrounded the city on the sea side.
Inside the park there is an Experimental Archeology Center that allows visitors to manually reproduce ancient objects, using archeologically certified working methods.
From Saturday 11 January and throughout the month of February, open Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 17. Open by reservation for groups and schools from Tuesday to Sunday.
In the afternoon, admission is allowed until 2.30 pm for the visit of the two necropolises of the Grotte and San Cerbone (2 hours and 30), and until 3.30 pm for the visit of the necropolis of San Cerbone (1 hour).
In the event of a weather alert or prohibitive weather conditions, the organization of the guided tour services may undergo changes and denied access to some areas.
Guided tour hours (except for reserved groups):
Necropolis of San Cerbone 10.30am - 11.30am - 12.30pm.
Guided tour Acropolis: 3.00 pm (visit only with guide / full tour 1 hour and 30). Meeting at the gate of the acropolis. It is possible to buy the entrance ticket directly on site.