Follonica is a town and comune (township) of province of Grosseto in the Italian region of Tuscany, on the Gulf of Follonica, about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of the city of Grosseto.It was founded in 1834 by Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany for the workers of a new ironworks plant. However, the area was already settled in Etruscan and Roman times, and a medieval castle (Castello di Valli), whose ruins overlook now the modern town from a nearby hill, existed since at least 884. Until 1923 it was a frazione of Massa Marittima.
Follonica is a popular tourist site during the summer, mostly visited by the Italians themselves. The city has been awarded the Blue Flag every year for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater.
The beach that is spread before the town of Follonica is made up of very fine sand, there are plenty of beach resorts but also a lot of free beach. However in the Gulf of Follonica, moving it towards Punta Ala to Piombino that there are numerous other beaches renowned for their beauty. Among the most famous are remembered Cala Violina, The Boschetto, Prato Ranieri and Cala Martina.
MUSEO DELLE ARTI IN GHISA DELLA MAREMMA
The Museum was conceived to tell the technological, artistic and human story of the Follonica ironworks in its heyday, at the peak of its production.
The new permanent exhibition brings the old foundry back to life with interactive and multimedia displays arranged in three broad sections, one on each floor: Art, History, Production.
In each thematic section, different rooms develop and investigate specific aspects and explore issues directly connected with the smelting and casting of iron.
Using historical documents and primary evidence, videos and reconstructions, the exhibition sheds light on the complex network of interrelations spawned by the creation of this small, but historic ironworks.