The 'Centro Storico' of Piombino, once capital of a Principality, contains much artistic evidence of its past.
Of particular note, and dating from between 1200 and 1500. are: the medieval fortifications consisting of a keep and outworks, known as 'il Torrione' and 'il Rivellino'. the castle, the churches of la Misericordia and Sant'Antimo, the little church of Cittadella, la Casa delle Bifore ('the House of the Mullioned Windows', 13 thc.) and the Fonti di Marina (ornamental water springs). You can see them in the movie.
A typical seaside town, Piombino was under the domination of the Appiani and Ludovisi-Boncompagni families before passing to the sister of Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century.
It was visited by Cesare Borgia (il Valentino), and Leonardo da Vinci who did designs for the fortifications.
For information contact:
the A.V.T. office at the Piombino municipality, tel. (0039)0565/63269
Piombino Municipality Tower
Seasonal office, Fiorentina,
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This area of weatery land extends for about 109 hectares and is the last remaining piece of marshland in the Val di Cornia which until 1832 covered about 1,500 hectares.
The greater flamingo, the greater white heron, the little egret the gray
heron, the avocet, and the osprey can
There are paths through the area and two observation points.
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