TUSCANY BY CAMPER
Experience the excitement of Val di Cornia
Val di Cornia, in Tuscany, Italy, facing the island of Elba, is the ideal place to experience a unique territory, rich with natural beauty and surprising archaeological evidence. An energetic mix or arts, culture and nature, with spa and wellness, sports and taste. Let us take a camper trip around the towns of Campiglia Marittima, Piombino, Sassetta, Suvereto and San Vincenzo.
Surrounding the towns of Campiglia Marittima, Piombino, Sassetta, Suvereto and San Vincenzo, this is a land of enchanting landscapes, moving from verdant hillsides to untouched sandy beaches.
Cradle of the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilisations, the valley is a great alternative to the traditional tourist destinations: the last stretch of sea of the Etruscan Coast hosts extraordinary features and unmissable sites.
To fully appreciate the charm of this area, you should visit the Val di Cornia Park System, a blend of parks and museums that offers the chance to spend your leisure days between nature and archaeology. The system’s winning formula? Fascinating revelations from the past, new things to learn and tales from the ancient finds, enriched by guided tours and learning workshops.
Our camper itinerary is designed for a 3 day trip
DAY ONE. BARATTI TO PIOMBINO BY CAMPER.
Arrival at Baratti. We wait by the rest area in Caldanelle (shuttle bus connection to the coast), at the parking lot of the Archaeological Park of Baratti.
We visit the Necropolis of the Archeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, a real open air museum shining with ferrous waste. An amazing visit, a journey through Populonia, the only Etruscan city by the sea. A network of paths links the city of temples and houses (the Acropolis) to the industrial city and the necropolis of San Cerbone and the Caves. Today as in the past, the paths take you over stone paved roads, woodlands and Mediterranean maquis, opening over surprising views of the island of Elba.
We move to the centre of Piombino (10 km), resting at the parking area, partly reserved for campers, overlooking the island of Elba. We can walk to the Archaeological Museum of Populonia, for a quick lunch at the Citadel's café.
After lunch we visit the Museum, one of the main exhibition areas in the Livorno area. Boredom here is impossible: aquarium displays, life size reproductions of ancient activities, videos of archaeological findings, great landscape reconstructions, all give life to the precious findings kept in the rooms. Don’t miss the Baratti amphora, a silver masterpiece that arrived by sea, symbol of the Museum and the beauty of the area.
We then walk to the Museum of the Castle and Medieval Ceramics, a great monument which was recently beautifully restored. Its walls guard an exceptional finding: hundreds of 13th century ceramic vases found by archaeologists in the vaults of the church of S. Antimo sopra i Canali, near the city’s ancient harbour. An interactive installation tells the story of the archaeological diggings around medieval Piombino.
In the evening we take a walk in the centre of historical Piombino. Overlooking the sea, Piombino is a town rich with history and safeguarded natural environments. It is nice to walk along ancient streets that open onto the sea view, tracing the evidence of its medieval and renaissance past and the steps of Leonardo da Vinci, first, and Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi later. We recommend a stroll in Piazza Bovio, a fantastic panoramic point overlooking the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
- Via della Pace – Piombino – 15 places – coord. N. 42° 56’ 16” E 10° 31’ 18.8”
- Loc Caldanelle – Bivio Baratti 60 places– coord. N 43° 00’ 07.6” E 10° 31? 41.2”
- Parco della Sterpaia - 300 places in the following parking lots: Perelli 1 – Perelli 2 – Perelli 3 – Mortelliccio - Carbonifera – Torre Mozza 1 and Torre Mozza 2. Loading and unloading in the Perelli 3 parking lots, coord. 42° 57’ 19.5” E 10° 37’ 15.4” and in Carbonifera parking lot, coord. 42° 57’ 05.2” E 10° 41’ 02.3”
RESERVED REST AREAS
- via L. da Vinci (by the Citadel Museum) - 2 places - coord. N 42° 55' 25,1" E 10° 31' 19,2"
- via G. Bruno (by the Castle of Piombino) - 4 places - coord. N 42° 55' 14,8" E 10° 31' 60"
DAY TWO. FROM CAMPIGLIA MARITTIMA TO VENTURINA TERME BY CAMPER.
San Silvestro Park - Temperino mine
We transfer to the Archeo-mining Park of San Silvestro (Campiglia Marittima), resting by the Park’s parking lot.
Guided tour of the park, including the mines. Experience the places where minerals were extracted and processed from Etruscan times to 1976, on foot and on a miners’ train. Visiting the mine (with temperatures averaging 13-14° C inside) and riding a miners’ train are fun new ways to experience ‘history’.
We now move to Campiglia Marittima (La Pieve resting area) and visit the town centre.
Campiglia Marittima is today one of the best kept delightful medieval town in the Etruscan Coast; a small stone jewel with a maze of stone paved lanes. The Rocca dominates the town centre, with its museum and public park.
After the visit, we roll down a road flanked by terraced hills with centuries-old olive groves towards Venturina Terme, where we find the Spa Park with its facilities.
The night rest is in the Venturina rest area, only 50 metres from the entry to the ‘Il Calidario’ spa. Here we pamper ourselves with a regenerating soak in the warm thermal waters.
- Campiglia Marittima loc. la Pieve 10 places coordinates N 43° 03’ 24.05” E 10° 36’ 53.09”
- Venturina Terme loc. Terme del Calidario 50 places coordinates N 43° 02’ 11.3” E 10° 35’ 59.2”
- Venturina Terme via del lavoro 5 places coordinates N 43° 01’ 50.9” E 10° 36’ 33.3”
DAY THREE. SUVERETO BY CAMPER.
In Suvereto, we choose the rest area located in Via dei Forni and we walk around the medieval village, still surrounded by walls. We can visit great monuments and enjoy the tranquil charm of the town centre and its lanes and little squares.
- Via dei forni – 20 places - coord. N. 43° 04’ 32.2” E 10° 40’ 40.5”