The promontory of Populonia and the gulf of Baratti are today one of
the most characteristic landscapes of the Tuscan coast. Rolling hills,
Mediterranean underbrush on steep slopes that drop sheer into the blue
sea, history and archaeology, all come together to evoke pictorial images.
Here, we encounter traces of ancient populations, starting from the beach
of Baratti: an open-air museum shining with iron scoria that testifies to
the impressiveness of the Etruscan industrial city of Populonia.
From here, climbing up the past the necropolises of San Cerbone and Le Grotte,
we reach the acropolis of the Etruscan city and the medieval village of Populonia,
led by archaeological artifacts narrating millennia of history.
up high above the cliffs over looking the Mediterranean
is the hill top village of Populonia and the castle fortifications
that surround this ancient town.
in the heart of the tiny main street is the most incredible
restaurant known as Il Lucumone, owned by Giuseppina Grasso
(Pinuccia) who is proud to have a two Michelin Star rating
(which out of a three star measure, puts this restaurant
at the top of the world literally and figuratively).
chef, Maria Capaccioli invited us into her kitchen and
prepared some amazing dishes, including a stuffed Zucchini
blossom with Sheep Milk Ricotta, Pureed Pumpkin with Capers,
Sword Fish Rolled with Egg, a special Pasta “Trofie”
with Longostine and Salt Crust Baked Orata Fish! Plus
an array of desserts that just wouldn’t stop coming!
a wonderful experience to find such a romantic location,
eating some of the freshest, most delicious recipes, and
having to pinch ourselves that we’re here experiencing
all of this at Restorante Il Lucumone!