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!
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 its 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.
Many people arrive in Piombino, to catch the ferry to Elba.
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.
The city’s ancient port, or the Porticciolo di Marina, still functions today.
The Fonti di Marina are a charming sight.
Piombino is home to a tiny aquarium, which, unfortunately, was closed.
Piombino’s monument to Giuseppe Mazzini is on the waterfront walkway.
Every 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.
Corso Italia is Piombino’s main shopping street. Sections of it are closed to traffic.
I had made a reservation in advance for dinner, at a place called Al Baccanale. From the different reviews that I had read, this was the most creative kitchen in town. I wanted to try it!
The food at Al Baccanale was wonderful. While à la 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.
Next up: More from Piombino, including a hike through the Populonia Archaeological Park, and the Museo Archeologico del Territorio di Populonia!
Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear. If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Piombino, as well as other Italian destinations. Grazie!