The Chiesa dell Immacolata is a beautiful church, and worth a visit, while in Piombino.
Nearby is the Museo Archeologico del Territorio di Populonia. The museum is housed in what used to be part of the Citadel, once home to the Princess Elisa Baciocchi, sister of Napoleon. This is a wonderful museum, filled to the brim with things to see. Again, as is the case in most of the museums in the smaller cities, I had the place pretty much to myself.This fish mosaic dates back to the 2nd Century BC.The Tesoretto Rimigliano are roman coins that were found at sea, and are now kept submerged. Also on view is the famous Silver Amphora of Baratti – an amphora from the 4th century BC which was discovered by being pulled up in the nets of one of the local fishermen. It is decorated with 134 beautiful medallions.
In the piazza through which one enters the museum is also located the quaint, lovely little church, the Cappella della Madonna di Cittadel. The chapel is named this after a terracotta Madonna & Child by Andrea della Robbia, kept inside.
Also in the same piazza is a beautiful cistern. The Cisterna di Cittadella was built by Andrea di Francesco Guardi.
On the opposite side of the museum, from the Piazza, is a part of the city’s defensive walls, designed by Leonardo DaVinci.
Piombino’s train station is located right in the middle of town.
The Castle, or Cassero Pisano was built under Cosimo I De Medici, and now houses the Museum of the Castle & of the City. Unfortunately, for me, it was being renovated and was not open to the public at the time of my visit. I will have to wait for my next trip to Piombino to explore it further.
Once again, I stumbled upon the city’s cemetery.
Outside of the castle is a cat sanctuary.
I ate at two restaurants that deserve mentioning. The first, Enoteca di Via Mozza is right on the main pedestrian street in the old town. Being an Enoteca, they have a wonderful selection of wine as well as oil, etc for sale. The food was very good (pasta w/ricci di mare – pasta w/sea urchins), and the portions were large. The second was a place called La Sirena. It is located at Lungomare Guglielmo Marcone 5/a. This is a bar/cafe during the day, but in the evenings, a small room to the side becomes a dining room. A cab driver recommended it to me, and I am so glad that I listened to him. The food here is wonderful. It is home cooking at it’s best! Because Piombino is on the sea, the menu is entirely made up of fish dishes. Everything is fresh! I loved my meal
Next up: Ladispoli