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Metalliferous Hills


30 min.

The area slopes gently from the mountaineous zone of the Cornate di Gerfalco down through the hills and continues to the wide Gulf of Follonica and the Maremma coastline north of Grosseto.

It is an area of lovely and diverse landscapes. It moves from the oak woods of the interior through the typical Mediterranean scrub and reaches white, sandy beaches, washed by a transparent sea and crowned by thick green pine forests.

Important tourist sites such as Follonica and Scarlino offer their visitors beautiful beaches furnished with every possible comfort. The area is known above all for its mineral resourses which lend a unique appearance to the countryside and have been mined from ancient times to the present.

The Etruscans were skilled craftsmen and merchants and developed a highly evolved society whose principal activity revolved around these mineral resourses. The remains of ancient furnaces and Etruscan mines can still be seen all along the Gulf of Follonica and in the Metalliferous Hills.

The best known Etruscan and Roman cities such as Gavorrano, Montieri and Monterotondo were mining centers and achieved their importance thanks to the abundance of copper, silver and iron.

Still today the colors of the minerals and the vegetation mix and alternate, creating striking settings for castles, churches, fortresses and watchtowers. Massa Marittima, that small but significant Medieval City Repubblic, offers two important and contrasting historical attractions, both in Piazza Garibaldi.

The one is temporal and military, the Fortress and the Tower; the other the most important religious monument in the province, the Duomo. The splendid square is the focal point of town activity.

 

 

THE CORNIA'S VALLEY


30 min.

The Parks of the Val di Cornia, in the province of Livorno, which stretch along the coastal strip opposite the Island of Elba, tell the thousand-year-old story of a country where the remains of the Etruscan town of Populonia and the evidence of the past activity of mining and metal-working are entwined with the splendid natural environments of Mediterranean sea and scrub.

The various archaeological and natural sites of our Parks make this area an interesting alternative to the traditional tourist destinations: a place where nature and archaeology converge to let you discover the charm of the “Toscana Minore”.

A Tuscany which is still unknown but from a tourist standpoint is greatly appreciated by those who have already discovered it.

Piombino, situated on a headland facing the Tuscan Archipelago, has a wealth of interesting history and protected natural areas, making it one of the loveliest, most fascinating areas of the Costa degli Etruschi to explore. Fascinating reminders of the Etruscans are preserved in the Baratti-Populonia Archaeological Park.

Piombino, which was governed for a time by Napoleon's sister, Elisa Bonaparte, was an important centre in medieval and renaissance times, and old traditions survive side by side with today's dynamic, efficient town.

The setting is splendid kilometres of coastline with sparkling sea, nature reserves and productive countryside crossed by the Costa degli Etruschi Wine Route, home to Val di Cornia DOC wines.
All kinds of water sports can be enjoyed here, and the countryside is full of trails for hiking, biking and horse riding. Local dishes made with fish or products from the countryside are full of aroma and flavour.

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