Piombino has a history that goes back for many years.  It was the site of an old Etruscan port.  Then, in the Middle Ages, it was considered one of the ports of the city of Pisa.  There is history everywhere you look.  And beauty, too!DSCN5366DSCN5376DSCN5378

At the end of Corso Vittorio Emanuele,  you reach Piazza Bovio, which is a beautiful square that juts out into the sea, complete with a lighthouse at it’s end.  This is a lovely place to watch the sunset, go for an afternoon stroll, have a drink at one of the bars along the square, or simply sit and stare out at the islands of Elba and Montecristo.  There is a map in the Piazza showing you which islands are which, as you stand there, looking at them, off in the distance.DSCN5391DSCN5392DSCN5383DSCN5393DSCN5399

Many people arrive in Piombino to catch the ferry to Elba.  DSCN5410DSCN5416DSCN5425DSCN5430DSCN5434DSCN5445DSCN5461DSCN5476DSCN5480DSCN5485

The sea plays an important part in the lives of the citizens of Piombino.  This is even reflected in their homes and places of business.DSCN5491DSCN5498DSCN5499

The city’s ancient port, or the Porticcioli di Marina still functions today.DSCN5500DSCN5505DSCN5508

The Fonti de Marina is a charming sight.DSCN5523DSCN5524DSCN5526DSCN5528DSCN5541

Piombino is home to a tiny Aquarium, which, unfortunately, was closed.DSCN5556DSCN5558Piombino’s monument to Giuseppe Mazzini.DSCN5563DSCN5569DSCN5592DSCN5596DSCN5601DSCN5602.JPGEvery so often, one stumbles upon signs in the city, which explain an event that occurred on that spot.  The signs are in Italian, and English.DSCN5612DSCN5625Corso Italia is Piombino’s main shopping street.  Sections of it are closed to traffic.DSCN5629DSCN5633DSCN5672DSCN5674DSCN5705DSCN5713DSCN5716

I had made a reservation in advance for dinner at a place called Al Baccinale.  From the different reviews that I’d read, this was the most creative kitchen in town.  I wanted to try it.DSCN5359The food at Al Baccinale was wonderful.  While ala-carte options were available, I opted for one of the tasting menus.  It was delicious and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Piombino, who wants to try something other than traditional, local cuisine.  DSCN5729DSCN5735

Next up: More from Piombino including a hike through the Populonia Archeological Park and the Museo Archeological del Territorio di Populonia, and Punto Falcone.


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  1. I very much enjoyed your comments and seeing the informative, beautiful photographs. You caught the texture and flavour of the city.

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