Populonia, an Etruscan rebirth

June 3, 2010 / Places
Populonia, Tuscany
populonia1Populonia, the only Etruscan city built on the sea, is safe from developers as well as released from its past as an industrial wasteland. 3000 years ago black smoke from the furnaces polluted the whole area as boats came from Elba loaded with iron ore and forests were depleted for the smelting on the Baratti Bay beach.

Oddly from the time of the Roman occupation until Mussolini appeared requiring the re-smelting of the millennia old iron slag for the war effort, nothing very much happened here.

populonia2Then, under the mountains of slag, the Etruscan tombs emerged and today this enchanting, beautiful area is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

The Etruscan God of the area, Fufluna, God of love and wine, birth, death and rebirth, no doubt roams the area once again with that enigmatic Etruscan smile. Nature reborn and never looking better!


– Photos courtesy of Frida. Many thanks!

Pat Carney

by Pat Carney

Pat Carney-Ceccarelli (www.campigliaworkshop.com) happily divides her time between Campiglia Marittima and Cambridge, UK.

3 Responses to “Populonia, an Etruscan rebirth”

  1. Lovely to see you contribution Pat… and especially about one of the nicest places in this area… keep writing! :o)

  2. louise

    Absolutely lovely. what an interesting place. How come it is such a secret?


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