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The Etruscan Coast

The Etruscan Coast covers the entire territory of the province of Livorno, including, along the coast, the municipalities of Livorno, Rosignano Marittimo, Cecina, Bibbona, Castagneto Carducci, San Vincenzo and Piombino, and the inland municipalities of Collesalvetti, Sassetta, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima.

It takes its name from the numerous Etruscan remains, including many necropolises, mainly between the Gulf of Baratti and Populonia – originally the only Etruscan town along the coast. Populonia was one of the twelve settlements called Dodecapolis – the city-states that were part of Etruria.

The name Costa degli Etruschi (Etruscan coast) was later given to the entire coastline of the province of Livorno.

The coast is mainly sandy, in the stretch between Rosignano Solvay, to the north, and the Gulf of Baratti to the south, with golden beaches – except for the coastal stretch, between Rosignano Solvay and Vada, where you can find the impressive White Beaches.

Further north, the promontories of Castiglioncello and Quercianella shape the coastline near Livorno, with the Monti livornesi nature reserve behind them.

To the south, we find the promontory of Piombino, with Populonia on its summit, which divides the Gulf of Baratti from the town of Piombino, marking the boundary between two seas – the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian.

 

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