PIOMBINO – Day Two – pt 1

I woke with a plan for the day, all set in my head.  I’d checked the weather on the internet before leaving the apartment, and the forecasters promised a sunny morning, with a chance of showers in the afternoon.  That being the case, I thought that this might be a good opportunity to explore the Parco Punta Falcone, which was right behind the Marina di Salivoli. DSCN5991So, with a goal in mind, I left the apartment, and headed out on my little adventure.  I found a pedestrian pathway across the street from the apartment complex which looked promising, so I took it.DSCN5753DSCN5754DSCN5758DSCN5759DSCN5768The pathway took me past a parking lot, at the north end of which, was one of  the entrances to the Archaeological Park of Populonia & Baratti.  Somehow I had missed the path to Punta Falcone.  Oh, well!  Since I was there, I thought that I might as well explore this park a bit.  I remembered, from the online maps that I found, that this park was quite large.  And, it is!  I began to walk along an old roman road, which is now a path used by hikers, and dirt bike riders, and which runs along the shore.  Further into the park, I knew that there were things that I wanted to see – ruins, etc.  I wasn’t sure just how far i’d get, what with the forecast for the day, and all, but I decided to leave it all to fate, and begin to walk.  Within minutes I was rewarded with some of the most incredible views imaginable!DSCN5769DSCN5770DSCN5785DSCN5788DSCN5802DSCN5804DSCN5812DSCN5821Every so often, it was nice to look back and see how far I’d gone.DSCN5828DSCN5837On the Park’s website, they warned that the pathway included two bridges which might be a hindrance to some people.  I came upon one of them.DSCN5841DSCN5847DSCN5850DSCN5851DSCN5855DSCN5870DSCN5862DSCN5865I came upon a sign that showed you exactly where you were in the Park.  Now, I’d been walking for almost two hours, and to be honest, hadn’t really gotten that far into the Park, at all!  Knowing that the weather forecast was not great, I decided to head back towards town, saving the rest of the Park and it’s treasures for another visit.DSCN5879Two guys on dirt bikes where the only other ones out in the park that day.  There were still plenty of areas for me to explore in the actual city of Piombino, so I headed back there.  All along the shoreline, there are paths that one can take to access a small beach, or a fishing area. DSCN5915DSCN5920DSCN5923DSCN5957Even the utility sheds in Piombino make you smile!DSCN5965DSCN5966DSCN5967DSCN5969DSCN5971DSCN6000

Next up:  Piombino Day Two – pt 2

 

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!

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