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The Italian town of Piombino is located in the Province of Livorno in Tuscany. It lies on the border between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ligurian Sea, in front of the island of Elba and on the northern side of Maremma. The town can trace its origins back to when it was an Etruscan Port which then became an important port in the Middle Ages of the Republic of Pisa. A great time to visit is in August when "Agosto con Gusto" is in full swing. It is a significant food and wine fair that celebrates the gastronomy and culinary traditions of Piombino. Other visitor attractions in the town include the Museum of the Citadel and the City where the town's prehistoric, Etruscan and Roman past can be further explored. For the more energetic visitor, there are a number of trekking and bicycle paths along the coastline which lead through Mediterranean scrub towards the modern port of Salivoli.
From the port of Piombino ferries depart direct to the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Elba Island is just 10km from the coast), as well as to Sardinia and Corsica.
The small Italian island of Pianosa is the 5th largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago and has a surface area of just over 10 sq. km and a coastline of 18 km. The island lies around 13 km to the south west of the island of Elba which was made famous by Napoleon. The island derives its name from its geography as it refers to the island's flat plains which are only 29 meters above sea level at the highest point. The island's inhabited history dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, the Palaeolithic era, and was the cause of much animosity between the cities of Genoa and Pisa who both wanted control over the island. In the 19th century, Napoleon visited Pianosa and declared it as the most interesting island near Elba with its interesting flora and forna.
The island forms part of the Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago Toscana (the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago) and as a result is protected from external interference, property speculation and environmental damage. Because the island's wildlife is so important it is not possible to visit the island without first obtaining a special permit that is issues by the National Park. Shipping and fishing are also prohibited within one mile of the island's coast.