While not necessarily “easy” to get to, Piombino is well worth visiting on many levels. It has sun, sand, sea, history, nature, art, great food, and wonderful people! If you are not arriving by automobile, or boat, then chances are you are taking a train, in which case you need to change trains at the Campiglia Marittima station, for one that goes to Populonia and Piombino. It’s a short ride, approx. 15 minutes, and then you will arrive in the center of town. Since I was arriving from Massa Marittima, which has no train station, I decided to take a taxi from Massa to Piombino. It cost approx. E 65.00, and was a lovely 45 minute ride through the Tuscan countryside.
Piombino is situated at the tip of a promontory, overlooking the Thyrrenian Sea. Like most Italian cities, there is a centro storico, or historical center, and also a newer part of town. I was staying on the edge of town, in an area that used to be it’s own separate village, but has now been taken in by the city of Piombino, called Salivoli. This area is best known for it’s Marina, which is Piombino’s tourist luxury yacht port. I had rented on booking.com a two bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, and a terrace overlooking the sea. Since the apartments are on a hill, there was an elevator to take you down to the port area, next to which is a small, lovely beach.One of my neighbors seemed to be enjoying the sunshine as much as I was!
This is a lovely neighborhood. While it isn’t teeming with shops, or restaurants, there are a few, and the center of town is a fifteen minute walk away.This is the local beach bar/restaurant. The tiny church of San Giuseppe Artigiano simply charmed me!
Walking towards the center of town, I passed a lovely park, overlooking the sea. As I walked through the center of town, I saw the auto garage in the blue building, and thought how lovely it was! Imagine!
The centro storico is enclosed within what remains of the town walls. A section, with a gateway, called the Rivellino dates back to 1212. I found this sculpture fascinating!
Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the central street that runs from the new town, to the waterfront. Along it are shops, art galleries, bar/cafe’s, and restaurants, all of which spill over onto the side streets.
Palazzo Comunale is home to the municipal offices of Piombino.
see Piombino – Day One – pt 2