The Fulloni, the bellows foundries, or perhaps the Folliculum, a small made manual bellow in goat skin, gave the name to the village of Follonica.

FollonicaThe 'Fulloni', the bellows foundries, or perhaps the 'Folliculum', a small made manual bellow in goat skin, gave the name to the village of Follonica.
The village expanded greatly thanks to the iron and cast iron working.
Follonica became, for its geographical position and its ancient traditional melting skils, the center of the Tuscan Grand Duchy economic re-balancing.
Leopoldo II wanted in Follonica, where there were already some ironworks, a foundries area called Imperial Royal Foundries. They rapresented at that time an industrial complex that was in the van in that activity.
The nucleus of the actual town was born in 1832 when houses for skilful workers were built around the furnaces, realizing a village-factory.
The population growth was evidence of the Grand Duke of Tuscany good government: in 1854 its inhabitants were hardly 364, in 1880 they were 3193, after the second world war 7000.

Valli Castle is the most ancient medieval settlement in the territory of Follonica, and it is mentioned in a document which dates back to 884.
The complex is four kilometers far the town. Valli Castle - today transformed in a residence - is completely altered regarding its original appearance.
The Castle, cited in a document of the 884, now conserved in the archiepiscopal archives in Lucca, had belonged to the Abbey of Sestinga since 1106. The small village born close to the castle, was acquired in 1161 by Ildebrando di Arrigo, Earl of Forcoli, who yielded the right to collect the bishop of Massa tenths
The property of the castle passed to the Aldobrandeschi and then, in 1278, to Pisa.
In the XIV century it was acquired for 500 fiorini, by Gherardo Appiani entering therefore to share part of the dominions of the Lordship in Piombino together with the territory of Follonica, that controlled it up to 1838.

Montioni natural Park is in the provinces of Grosseto and Livorno and belongs to the municipal districts of Follonica, Suvereto and Piombino.
It lies between the river basins of Cornia (to the north) and of Pecora (to the south) and it is almost entirely covered by forest.
Up to the half of the XX century, the exploitation of the park for the production of coal, degraded the forest and the so called Mediterranean 'macchia', that is an artificial forest, where prevailed the essences of fast growth as the broom, the small frassine, the carpino, the corbezzolo, took its place. An indiscriminate and quite easy cut of the new vegetation could be planned every 11 - 12 years to obtain a good coal of medium dimension.
Torre mozzaAfter the giving up of the coal production, the spontaneous growth of the most resistant species started again: among the hightest ones, the ilex or holm-oak are present at every heights, while the oak and the carpino in the valley.
The forest trees are reproducing, above all in the inner zone named 'Tre cancelli' , considered a Natural and Integral Territory near the Pieve of the Pastorale, the ancient atmosphere of the Mediterranean 'ilex grove' .
The Park has an extension of approximately 7000 hectares and reaches its maximum height of 300 meters in Poggio al Checco.
In the Park there are many important historical and artistic evidences: the rests of Prehistoric settlements and of Etruscan and Roman age, medieval buildings as the Pievaccia (or Pieve of the Pastorale), the ruins of a Castle in Old Montioni, the Thermal Baths in Montioni and an alum quarry .

Follonica: discover the surroundings

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 13 km from Follonica

    Villa Punta Ala

    Beautiful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery and tranquility of the exclusive tourist destination Punta Ala and small attic used as service personnel only 300 meters from the sea of Tuscany.
    This ideal solution for those who want to spend their holidays near the beautiful sea of Punta Ala with the comforts of an exclusive villa.

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 17 km from Follonica

    Villa Roccamare

    Beautiful and characteristic villa with stone finishes located in the exclusive Roccamare area in Castiglione della Pescaia.
    Surrounded by the green of the pine forest and the total privacy with 2000 sqm park equipped with relaxation area and barbecue is located about 400 meters from the sea and has a private beach.

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    • Castagneto Carducci (Livorno)
    • 29 km from Follonica

    Podere Vignanova

    Podere Vignanova, little charming resort in Tuscany, in one of the more enchanting corners of the Etruscan coast, where vineyards with wines which are conquering the world.
    Surrounded by important vineyards in Castagneto hills the farm holding includes an old country house which hosts 4 comfortable flats and 4 delightful suites.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 59 km from Follonica

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • Siena (Siena)
    • 63 km from Follonica

    Agriturismo Marciano

    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
    Five confortable double rooms and a suite with a beautiful sight on the Siena Duomo

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 63 km from Follonica

    Relais della Rovere

    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
    Set in Colle Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti area, it is strategically located among Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 64 km from Follonica

    B&B la Fornace di Racciano

    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
    La Fornace di Racciano consists of seven comfortable rooms and four apartments, two of which are located in the ancient hamlet of Racciano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 64 km from Follonica

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 67 km from Follonica

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 68 km from Follonica

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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