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

Accommodations in the area

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

    Villa Punta Ala 9 beds pool

    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 Castiglione della Pescaia 12 beds

    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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Greve in Chianti (Florence)
    • 88 km from Follonica

    Villa Chianti 7 beds

    Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.
    An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.

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    • Montepulciano (Siena)
    • 88 km from Follonica

    Agriturismo le Caggiole

    Immersed in the verdant countryside around the noble town of Montepulciano, that boasts ancient Etruscan origins, Le Caggiole Estate is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized treasures.
    In a relaxing and cosy atmosphere uests are offered three comfortable, quiet double rooms with private bathrooms and two comfortable apartments for two persons and for small family groups.

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    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 99 km from Follonica

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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    • Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
    • 105 km from Follonica

    Villa Valdarno 12 beds

    Villa Valdarno is a typical Tuscan farmhouse located in a secluded and peaceful area in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves, and enjoys a privileged panoramic view of the Florentine Valdarno.
    The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.

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    • Viareggio (Lucca)
    • 108 km from Follonica

    Villa Torre del Lago 5 beds

    Typical Tuscan farmhouse for rent in Torre del Lago, Massaciuccoli area with 3 bedrooms and 5 beds, just 1 km from the Tuscany coast.
    Ideal solution for small groups or families looking for a villa for rent not far from the sea in a context of absolute privacy.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 110 km from Follonica

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 111 km from Follonica

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 113 km from Follonica

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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