Follonica is situated in the centre of Tuscany in the province of Grosseto and has about 20,000 inhabitants.
This town is located on the Tyrrhenian coast, in the centre of the homonymous golf course and in front of the island of Elba. It abounds in metal industries, paper mills and chemical industries and its seaside tourism has boomed in recent years.
The hills on which Follonica stands have been inhabited since the 6th century B.C., even though the present town arose when Follonica became the hub of the Grand Duke of Tuscany's foundries.
It is named after the Latin word 'fullona', i.e. the place in which fabrics were dyed.
St. Leopold, who is celebrated on 15th November, is Follonica's patron saint.
Grosseto Maremma's Archaeological and Art Museum,
Piazza Baccarini, 3
Iron and Cast-Iron Museum
Largo Felice Cavallotti, 1
58022 Follonica (GR)
Scarlino Territorial Documentation Centre
Via della Rocca
58020 Scarlino (GR)
Tel. 0566 59380
Maremma's Nature Park
Maremma's Nature Park, to the south of Grosseto, stretches across the Uccellina Mountains and overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea between the Ombrone River mouth and Talamone. It is possible to go on walks in the park to discover the local flora and fauna.
ENTE PARCO REGIONALE DELLA MAREMMA
[MAREMMA REGIONAL PARK AUTHORITY]
via del Bersagliere, 7/9 - Alberese (GR) Tel. +39 0564 393 211 Fax. +39 0564 407292
Montioni Park is situated in Follonica's hinterland. It is entirely covered in Mediterranean undergrowth. Here it is possible to visit the old Alum quarries and, by following signposted itineraries, you might even encounter specimens of local fauna such as wild boar, roebuck and deer
As from the 8th century B.C., the Etruscans spread from the banks of the Tiber River to Emilia Romagna, which is why this territory is called Etruria. Tuscan Maremma abounds in major evidence of this ancient, mysterious people who were steeped in history, culture, architecture and craftsmanship. The area's main archaeological sites are the Vetulonia and Baratti-Populonia necropolises. Larger settlements are to be found in Roselle, a small town near Grosseto. A few kilometres from Podere Cafaggi in the Accesa Lake neighbourhood, you can visit the remains of an Etruscan settlement, which blend into the lake's exquisite surrounds. To further your knowledge about the Etruscan civilization through its items and finds, you can visit Vetulonia's 'Isidoro Falchi' Archaeological Museum, which is full of this evidence.