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Small Guide: The Parks of Val di Cornia

Explore the offer of the Val di Cornia Parks Circuit and choose which ones to visit during your holiday!

The Val di Cornia Parks Circuit includes a series of parks and museums that offer a fascinating journey through the Etruscan history, mining heritage and natural wonders of the region. In this guide, we’ll explore what makes each park special and how to make the most of a visit to this extraordinary racetrack.

Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia

The Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia is one of the pearls of the circuit. Located on the coast, this park offers a dive into the Etruscan past with its necropolises and the remains of the ancient city of Populonia, the only Etruscan city built directly on the sea. The park is divided into different thematic areas:

  • The Necropolis of San Cerbone: Here are the monumental tombs, including the Tomba dei Carri, which testify to the importance of the city in the Etruscan era.
  • The Acropolis of Populonia: An area that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Gulf of Baratti and where it is possible to visit the remains of temples and public buildings.

San Silvestro Archaeological and Mining Park

This park is a true paradise for industrial archeology enthusiasts. Located in the hinterland, near Campiglia Marittima, the San Silvestro Archaeological Mining Park tells the story of the mining and metallurgical activity that has characterized the area since ancient times. Key attractions include:

  • The Miner’s Museum: Where it is possible to discover the harsh living and working conditions of the miners.
  • The Mining Village of Rocca San Silvestro: A perfectly preserved medieval village, which offers a unique insight into life in the past.

Parco Costiero della Sterpaia

The Sterpaia Coastal Park is an oasis of biodiversity along the Tyrrhenian coast. This park offers miles of golden beaches, coastal dunes and shady pine forests, ideal for a day of relaxation or hiking and cycling. Its main features are:

  • The Beaches: Wide and sandy, perfect for families and sea lovers.
  • Wetlands: Habitat of numerous species of migratory birds and flora typical of coastal wetlands.

Montioni Natural Park

Located between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto, the Montioni Natural Park is a hilly area that offers paths immersed in the Mediterranean scrub and historical remains, such as the remains of the Roman baths and the Napoleonic residence of Princess Elisa Bonaparte. Main activities include:

  • Excursions and Trekking: With various routes that allow you to explore the local flora and fauna.
  • Historical Visits: To the ruins of the Roman baths and the ancient mining settlements.

Tips for the Visit

The Val di Cornia Parks Circuit offers an unforgettable experience for those who want to immerse themselves in the history, culture and nature of Tuscany. Whether you are an archeology enthusiast, nature lover or simply looking for a relaxing holiday, this circuit has something to offer everyone. Plan your visit and get ready to discover one of Italy’s best kept secrets! You can find lots of information, routes and activities directly on the Val di Cornia Parks website

Something new… soon La Casa nel Castello will also be part of the circuit affiliated with I Parchi. You will find all the updated information in the Experiences section.

Below you can read and download the other Little Guides: The Little Guide is a project of the Casa nel Castello and La Gualda Vecchia

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