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Follonica

Follonica is a small Italian city located in the province of Grosseto and counts about 20,000 inhabitants. It is situated on the Tyrrhenian coast, in the middle of the gulf with the same name and faces the island of Elba. It is particularly rich in metallurgical, chemical and paper industries and in recent years it has significantly developed the tourism sector, thanks to its wonderful sea.

The whole area has a Mediterranean climate and this makes it a popular tourist destination for families. That’s thanks to the security of its sea, the pine forests that provide serenity and fun for kids, and thanks to the peace that Follonica guarantees even in summer. In the year 2000 and in any subsequent year until 2009 Follonica won the blue flag of Europe, which certifies the high quality of the waters and the coast, the efficiency of services and of the security measures and the high level of environment. In 2008 he received the ” Premio Targa Blu Italia” (Blue Plaque Award Italy), an international recognition on the road safety, which consists in establishing a system of monitoring and / or certification in the field of urban mobility.

Follonica welcomes tourists with its beautiful beaches and the quietness of its pine forests. Here tourists can enjoy a holiday full of relax, sport, nature and culture. It is possible to choose among many tourist facilities more satisfying different needs: hotels, farmhouses, inns, campsites and tourist villages. There are equipped bathing establishments or beautiful free beaches as: Carbonifera, Torre Mozza, The Grove, The Polveriera, Cala Violina and Casetta Civinini.

During the winter, around February or March, carnival “similar” to that of Viareggio takes place. Every years various districts, prepare floats, in paper (or with parts in fiberglass) fixed on a structure in iron.

Immersed in beautiful green pine forests, Follonica also offers nature lovers excellent alternatives to the beach: biking, riding between the trails of the maquis, or on foot, in search of hidden treasures, seasonal flowers and abundant fruit. Follonica is a town also important from a historical point of view: his story begins with the Etruscans, who made the original settlements in the area, then continues with the arrival of the Romans and ends, like all areas of the Maremma, with the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Just outside the city it is possible to visit a village of Etruscan origin. In Follonica, as an additional witness to the importance of metal for the area, there is the Church of St. Leopold, the only one in Italy to having the fronton made of cast iron. The most significant buildings in the city are the Palazzina del Direttore, built during the XIX century as the seat of government, the Palazzo del Direttore and many others.

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