You can not leave this place without tasting its cuisine accomplished by typical dishes made with local products, accompanied by excellent wines. Together with wine and oil, among the most valuable resources of the Val di Cornia, you can enjoy fruits, vegetables, legumes and cereals, often obtained by biological cultivation, and various types of packed, hand-crafted food such as honey, cheese and salami.
Visiting the Parks and museums of Val di Cornia, you will discover the history of the Tuscan dinner table.
Do you know for example that the name of the city of Populonia, Popluna, comes from the wine god called Fufluns? Do you know that the production of wine for the Etruscans was destined to be something more than a mere consumption, but was a real ritual and also a rich source of health? Visiting the Archaeological Museum in the Territory of Populonia, in the banquet hall, you can discover the everyday customs lived by the Etruscans, a very important social time directly inspired by the Greek-Eastern world, which women could also take part in.
And do you know what items they needed for cooking and setting the table in the Middle Ages? What did they eat at that time? You can find out by going through the Museum of the Castle and Medieval Ceramic halls in Piombino. With an innovative multimedia exhibition that exposes hundreds of decorated medieval pottery and helps to explain the entire life cycle of the finds, from their production to their usage in the kitchen and at the medieval dinner table.
These and many other stories of food and wine can be discovered by visiting the Parks and Museums of the Val di Cornia!