Piombino is a well-known city in Italy among tourists. Many who want to explore Elba Island quite often choose this city as their home base. And this is due not only to the convenient geographical location and developed infrastructure for yacht charter, but also the unique atmosphere, which Napoleon Bonaparte's sister called “my little Paris”.
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Piombino, a city in the Tuscany region of west-central Italy. It is located at the tip of Cape Piombino under Mount Massoncello, on the coast opposite the island of Elba. However, Piombino is not just a gate to the island of Elba. Those who use it as such are usually quite surprised at the pleasant aspects of the compact medieval center, which Napoleon Bonaparte's sister called "my little Paris." There is fantastic food, and views of the Elbe (only 10 km).
You will learn all about the culture and mining in these places at the Archaeological Museum. You can look into the 14th-century Sant Antimo church by first walking under its mosaic lunette with the image of the Archangel Michael, and then heading inward to the left aisle, to see the striking late-gothic baptismal marble font , created by Andrea Guardi in 1470. There is a classical monastery of the Tuscan Renaissance monastery built by the same Andrea Guardi. You can visit the Museum of the castle and the city, which not only contains historical artifacts that tell the history of the city, including the center for posting documents on the Resistance in Val di Cornia, but also has the best sea view in Piombino.
The main gate to Piombino was the torrione, or the gate of St. Antoninus. It dates back to 1200 and is the oldest monument of Piombino . Between torrione, the large tower and Torre dell'Orologio, you will spend most of your lazy evenings. First, of course, you need a little walk. If you are in Piombino during the off-season, you will join the locals and go to the sea, walking past the clock tower and going down to Bovios Square, and wait for the sunset to complete the fantastic view of the Elbe (and maybe Corsica ) which you get from the edge of the square.
If you're hungry in the summer, by all means, just turn around and have dinner at the restaurant, La Rocchetta. If it's too early, head back to all the bars and eateries that vie for visitors between the two towers. If this does not stimulate your appetite, head to the venerable Caffè Nanni, where you can choose a glass of local wine. Mojito's list also seems endless. Reasonably priced drinks and the pieces of food you get with drinks are a bonus.
Ferries depart from the port of Piombino to call Portoferraio on the north side of Elba Island. Four companies provide access: Ferries Corsica / Sardinia, Moby, Toremar and BluNavy. The journey takes from 40 minutes to an hour , depending on the type of ferry.
Piombino anchors at the southern end of the Etruscan coast, a relatively unknown place. A visit to the city of Populonia and the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia will introduce you to the mineral resources of the region and the impressive way the Etruscans used it.
The Etruscans were excellent masters of metal, masters of casting and masters of forging of bronze and iron products. On the Via del Ferro route you will see reminders of Etruscan iron working from the 6th to 3rd century BC, about the part of the ore coming from the nearby island of Elba. In fact, the coastal burial grounds, the necropolis of San Carbone, were buried under a huge pile of slag left after the process. Only when Italians needed iron for World War I did they look at the slag and find that the ancient process recovered only about 40% of the metals. When they removed the slag for processing, they discovered graves under a pile of slag.
North of Piombino is one of the most famous wine-growing regions of Italy. A wine and olive oil road on the Etruscan coast leads you to its heart, Bolgeri, a wine village with many fine restaurants and wine shops. It was here that the Super Tuscany revolution began, and this is a place that I highly recommend visiting.
The nearest airport to the city is 31.61 km from the center of Piombino - Marina Di Campo (EBA). The airport serves international and local flights.
The second in distance from the center of Piombino is 56.49 km, the airport is Baccarini (GRS). The airport serves international and local flights.