Etruscan Archeological Parks

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TThe Etruscan Coast goes from Livorno to Piombino, winding along a strip of land with lush vegetation and clear blue waters. The scenic beauty, artistic and culinary specialties make of this region an ideal destination for holidays. Among the rich Mediterranean colors emerge countless ruins of the ancient Etruscans history.he Etruscan heritage of Tuscany is not confined in museums, but it can be enjoyed in its original contest, green areas that are nowadays archaeological parks.

Park of San Vincenzino
Located near Cecina in a charming natural oasis a Roman building with splendid open spaces, gardens areas and loggias reminds us of the ancient civilizations in Tuscany. Already during the second half of the First century BC, the building was equipped with a water system consisting of several passages that filtered water and gathered it in a huge underground cistern. During the Second and Third centuries AD thermal baths and the dining room were added. The latter was adorned with a nymphaeum. Subsequently part of the living areas were used to produce oil.
Around the Fifth century this house ended in such a profound state of disrepair that by the Seventh and Eighth centuries its territory was used to host an extensive necropolis of Etruscan tombs. At the archaeological site you can see many artifacts from the villa, such as ceramic vases, coins and utensils.

Archaeological Park of San Silvestro
Located behind Campiglia Marittima, the park shows centuries of mining and metalworking. The tour continues through museums, mines and a hamlet founded about one thousand years ago.
Along the archaeological route the train follows the route of the mining production from their extraction place, the Valley of Temperino until the processing plants in Valley of Lanzi. In the background you can admire the remains of the fortified village of Rocca San Silvestro, the heart of the Park at the foot of Monte Calvi. Built on the initiative of the family of Della Gherardesca, interested in exploiting the mineral resources of the area, the village is on two levels: on top dominate the noble mansions, while at the bottom are relegated to industrial and residential houses.

Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, Italy
This scenic park extends from the slopes of the promontory of Piombino to the Gulf of Baratti. The scenic fascination of this natural frame has remained unchanged for centuries. Here you can find archaeological remains of particular importance.
Populonia is perched on a promontory overlooking the sea. The Etruscans founded the city and made of it one of the major centers of their civilization, and the sole on the coast. Besides the walls and the faint traces of royal Etruscan huts stand the remains of another massive Populonia. This is the Roman city with temples, shrines and baths. Walking along streets, flanking woodlands and low Mediterranean bush, one reaches the industrial area and the necropolis, which rest on the hills that surround the Gulf of Baratti. Here among the forests of this promontory you will discover the ruins of the Benedictine monastery of San Quirico, the last trace of a lost city.