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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.
Rio Marina is located in the eastern part of the Italian island of Elba, inside a small inlet that is surrounded by hills which are characterised by a red earth which is due to iron oxide mining that took place in the past. The extraction of iron oxide took place in the region dating back to Etruscan times and together with fishing was the main activity of the village's residents until recently. Today, the village is a tourist resort that has many of the amenities and facilities tourists would expect. A popular attraction in the village is the Church of San Rocco which is an embattled tower in the port that has an octagonal base and was commissioned in 1534 by Giacomo V Appiano as a defensive lookout. The island's Mineral Park is another popular attraction and is where a variety of minerals that can be found on different parts of the island can be seen. There are around 1,000 different minerals to see and it is also possible to visit a mine.
From the port there are connections with the mainland, as an alternative to Portoferraio.