A week near Volterra – Baratti and the seaside

A week near Volterra – Baratti and the seaside

We spent the second half of our holiday exploring the Tuscan coast between Livorno and Piombino with the little stretch that runs from San Vincenzo to the Piombino promontory being our favourite. Apart from in San Vincenzo itself, there is an atypical wildness and absence of sun-lounger infested beaches that reminded us more of the Scottish coastline than the Italian one. This quiet and non-commercialised atmosphere was nowhere more prominent than in the tiny little harbour of Baratti and the bay that shares the same name. Behind the beach you will find a vast stretch of protected stone pine (umbrella pine) forest and, close to Baratti, an archaeological park containing the foundations of Etruscan settlements – in particular, a necropolis and acropolis. The acropolis of Populonia can be found on the Piombino promontory above Baratti, along with a medieval castle. The entire promontory can be walked using a network of well signed footpaths and cycle trails.

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The images above were all taken at Baratti, while the two below are in San Vincenzo.

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Click here for the article describing the first half of our holiday…