The Val di Cornia Parks are protected areas that preserve and enhance the environmental characteristics of this region which is notoriously rich in history, archaeology, landscape and nature.
Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Park (Piombino)
It covers about 80 hectares between the promontory of Piombino and the Gulf of Baratti. It is divided into an upper town, the acropolis situated on the promontory, and a lower town, at sea level, focused on port activities where the Necropolis of San Cerbone and the Podere Casone are located. A path connects the visitor centre to the experimental archaeology laboratory, and from here you can walk a nature trail and Via delle Cave (Quarry Route) leading to the Necropolis of the Caves.
Populonia Archaeological Museum (Piombino)
The museum exhibits over two thousand items, including prehistoric artefacts, findings from the excavations of the Etruscan necropolis in Populonia and relics from Roman times. Culturally and functionally related to the Baratti Archaeological Park, the museum is the main exhibition centre of the Val di Cornia Park System.
San Silvestro Archaeo-mineral Park (Campiglia Marittima)
The Temperino mine, an underground tunnel showing the evolution of mining techniques from ancient times to the present day, the medieval village of Rocca San Silvestro, built by miners and smelters in the 10th and 11th centuries, and the numerous archaeo-mineral trekking routes make this park an actual open-air archive of mining history.
Fortress of Campiglia Marittima
Restored in 2008, it is an extraordinary viewpoint overlooking the Val di Cornia; small museum located inside.
Museum of the Castle and the City of Piombino
In addition to displaying metal and ceramic materials, it also provides space for exhibitions and temporary displays.
Sterpaia Coastal Park (Piombino)
Over 300 hectares of typical upper Maremma landscape of the early 20th century: dunes, wetlands, agricultural clearings, wooded areas and a rare portion of coastal wet forest. The centuries-old oak wood is worth seeing, a relict of the lowland forests that once covered much of the coast.
The Rimigliano Coastal Park (San Vincenzo).
150 hectares of light-colored sand and Mediterranean scrub, it has got an extraordinary variety of species, shapes and colors, dominated by holm oaks and stretches of shady pine forest.
The Montioni Natural Park (Suvereto, Piombino, Campiglia Marittima)
Area associated with mining activities, coal production and logging. Approximately 7000 hectares of forest where you can venture on the trails left by shepherds and miners, woodcutters and charcoal burners.
The Poggio Neri Forest Park (Sassetta)
This area is criss-crossed by well-equipped footpaths among magnificent specimens of chestnut, holm and oak trees. Inside the Museo del Bosco you can see on display tools of the forest trades and a faithful reconstruction of the world of charcoal burners.