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GULF OF BARATTI BEACHES
Baratti A long sand beach with centuries-old pine trees lying behind it. In the northern part of the gulf the foreshore is quite deep, but this slowly diminishes coming towards the moorings for pleasure craft under the rocky promontory. A peculiarity of the sand in the central and final part of the gulf is that it has taken on a dark brown colour due to the presence of residues from the Etruscan iron-working in the adjoining archaeological area. There is a small bathing establishment with bar, but the greater part is free beach. Access – reached by car/motorbike on a metalled road heading to Populonia Alta, coming form the ‘Principessa’ provincial highway connecting Piombino and San Vincenzo. There are car parks in front of the various entrances to the beach. An area for camper vans is to be found on the via delle Caldanelle fronting onto the ‘Principessa’ highway connecting Piombino and San Vincenzo. There are public bus services departing from Piombino and other nearby centres, Populonia Station, Venturina, Campiglia and San Vincenzo. In summer, a ‘beach bus’ service is operative, a service specifically aimed at linking up the beaches of the territory.
Pozzino. This is a beach on the northern side of the Gulf of Baratti. It may be reached by sea and from the via della Principessa, or by using a pathway along the coast.
URBAN COASTLINE BEACHES
Calamoresca. A beach of mixed rough sand and gravels in a small bay that interrupts a long stretch of high, rocky coastline with sparse mediterranean scrub. During the week it is used by many young people. Access – distance from the city centre, 3 kilometres. Reached going down from the car park along a wide, cemented pathway, only on foot (5 minutes) or by bicycle. Also accessible for diversely able people. There is a public bus service from the terminus in the centre of Piombino. It has a small bathing establishment with restaurant and bar which is also open in the winter.
Fosso alle Canne. A bay of gravel and rock, lost in the perfumed mediterranean scrub, used to get some shade during the hot beach hours. The presence of rocks at the very edge of the sea means that the water is transparent. Access – may be reached only on foot or by mountain bike from the car park of the nearby Calamoresca beach; on arrival at the Spiaggia Lunga beach, continue on foot. This latter is also uncontaminated and uncrowded.
Il Canaletto. Free beach of rough gravel in the centre. It has a small bathing establishment with bar, connected to the next-door Hotel Restaurant Esperia. Access – on foot with an easy stairway down from the roadway on the high rocky coast of the city (via Lungomare Marconi). Public bus from the terminus in the centre. At the beginning of the last century this was the first equipped beach in Piombino, with the characteristic ‘bagnetti’ – raised cabins – and in the post-war period with the famous ‘Nastro Azzurro’. Today it has a bar restaurant and a small bathing establishment. To the side of these lies the modern yacht marina. Spiaggia dei Frati – Frati beach. A city beach of rock and shingle, under the high and tormented coast on which the city lies. It has no services and is particularly suited to lovers of diving and snorkelling, given the presence of more or less large rocks in low water quite near the coast. Access – easily reached on foot on a laid out pathway going down from the road level and car park. There are two separate entrances, one from via Amendola and the other from the ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ walls at the citadel, near the Archaeological Museum of the Territory of Populonia
Spiaggia Lunga – Long beach. A beach of shingle and rock. There are no services and so it remains uncontaminated. Boasts a privileged position on the promontory, beneath the high, rocky coast and the mediterranean scrub. Access – reached only on foot or by mountain bike from the car park of the nearby Calamoresca beach, and for this reason uncrowded.
EAST COAST BEACHES
Quagliodromo. Bringing to mind the old beach at Pontedoro, this is interesting due to the presence of the square ‘retone’ nets of the fishermen along the river Cornia, which flows into the sea to the left of the beach. It is a free beach, but there is a small bathing establishment with a bar. Access – reached by car/motorbike along a dirt track which forks off the ‘geodetic’ highway. Access also for the diversely able.
East coast beaches in the Sterpaia Coastal Park. Along the eastern coast, there is a stretch of shallow sandy beach. The whole coastal stretch is characterised by the pinewoods that lie behind the beaches. The waters of these beaches have been given the ‘Blue Banner’ award for environmental quality. The beaches are – Torre Mozza, Carbonifera, Il Pino, Mortelliccio, Sterpaia, Carlappiano, Perelli Due, Perelli Uno.
Beaches where dogs are allowed.
Access for domestic pets is allowed on the Piombino coastline in respect of the provisions laid down by law regarding animals. In particular, in permitted areas they may run free under the care of their owners, except in cases where the law obliges the use of muzzles and leads.
Beaches with access for diversely able people. The bathing establishments along the coast have been built bearing in mind the criteria of equal access for the diversely able. In the central part of Sterpaia (the ‘Bosco Sterpaia’ area), near to the Nano Verde cafeteria, there is a structure with access for the diversely able made up of a protected pathway to reach the beach, shaded terraces equipped as rest areas on the beach and in the pinewood, with access ramps, washing facilities with access for all, and a refreshment centre with access for all. The park area is equipped with all services necessary to guarantee a comfortable and pleasan
t stay for all users. Of the eight washroom blocks recently built, four are accessible for the diversely able, in the following places – “Carlappiano”, “Sterpaia”, “Mortelliccio”, “Il Pino”. Wooden flooring has also been constructed to allow wheeled equipment (pushchairs, wheelchairs) access to the beach from the car parks, and to cross the dunes. These are indicated by signposts on the streets and on the roadways in the park, Walkways allow visitors with reduced mobility to reach the sea in the bathing establishments of Perelli 2, Perelli 3, Carlappiano, Mortelliccio, Carbonifera and Pappasole. Some of the establishments, situated near the indicated exits, lay on carriages for bathing and have laid out pathways that allow access to the neighbouring free beaches. There are also walkways in the stretches of free beach distributed along the coast, and particularly at Bosco Sterpaia (structure near the “Nano Verde” kiosk), Carbonifera (free beach between the “Il Pino” restaurant and the “Onda Blu” bathing establishment), Torre Mozza (free beach between the “Torre Mozza” restaurant and the “Bagno Nino” bathing establishment).
BATHING ESTABLISHMENTS There are many kilometres of free beach long the stretches of coast with access to the sea, but there are also long stretches served by bathing establishments able to satisfy all customer needs.
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