Port of Piombino
Thanks to its favourable location at the border between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ligurian Sea, the port of Piombino has become the third busiest port in Italy, with more than three million passengers setting out from here on routes to Sardinia, Corsica, Pianosa, Capraia, and above all the Island of Elba, for which it is the only embarkation point that connects the mainland with all the ports on the island. The seaport of Piombino remains of considerable commercial importance today. Established for unloading iron ore from Elba, it grew considerably thanks to steel plants being established very nearby. It was reconstructed after the Second World War and its capacity greatly increased during the ’60s thanks to the development of mass tourism on the Island of Elba.
Thanks to radical renovation of the infrastructure, from the ’90s to the present day, the port of Piombino has become a functional, modern structure for regulating and receiving passengers in transit. Just a few steps from the docks stands the maritime station, which houses an information office, a newsstand, cafe, restaurant, pizzeria, and various services, as well as the official ticket offices of the shipping companies Moby Lines, Toremar, and Blu Navy. Next to it you’ll find a free car park for short stays and one for long stays. The Magona and Trieste jetties are assigned to transport vessels, mainly for processed steel products, while the Dente Nord wharf, the Piazzale Premuda, and the Elba jetty are used for ferries departing for the Island of Elba and the Batteria wharf is used for boarding ferries to Sardinia.
The port of Piombino is easy to get to. It is connected to the main transport routes, both national and European, via theheavy-traffic state roadSS 398 (SGC Variante Aurelia), which connects to the Tuscan-Lazio corridor (E 80) and the Tuscany – Umbra – Marche corridor (E 78).
It is also easy to get to Piombino by train. The Piombino Marittima railway station is right in front of the boarding areas and is about 80 metres from the maritime station.
The line from Piombino Marittima to Campiglia joins with the Genoa – Pisa – Rome line. From Pisa you can get a direct train to Florence and Bologna.
Sarzana, on the other hand, you can take a train in the direction of Brennero, via the Pontremolese line, while Grosseto is connected to the Siena – Chiusi line.
Some coach tour companies also run connections between Milan –Piombino and Florence – Piombino, and vice versa.