Right in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma in the province of Grosseto stands the beautiful Follonica, the ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday surrounded by a beautiful sea and beautiful landscapes. A very popular tourist destination especially for families for the quiet places, the calm sea and the shallow waters up to several meters from the shore, which also allow children to bathe safely.
But in addition to all this, the town has a lot to tell about its past. Suffice it to say that in 1831 it was one of the most avant-garde steel centers in Italy and still today there are the abandoned factories of the Ilva foundries that are located right in the town.
Follonica and places of interest
In addition to the old foundries, in whose area there is the Museum of Cast Iron Arts of the Maremma and also an access to the Archaeological Technological Park of the Metalliferous Hills of Grosseto, at Follonica there is so much more to visit.
Starting from the ruins of the Castle of Valli and passing through the Grand Ducal Palace and the Church of San Leopoldo, nature-loving visitors have the opportunity to discover wonderful places along the paths of the Montioni Natural Park by bike, on horseback or on foot.
But not only, because to live an experience of total immersion in the green of the Maremma, you can not miss a visit to the Natural Reserve of the Bandite di Follonica where there are still visible evidence of human presence. There are many other attractions that the town offers for the recreation of adults and children, including water parks and sports centers for horse riding enthusiasts, a day to spend in the pine forest organizing a real picnic or even try your skates in the historic Pines track.
Nearby, there are also other very beautiful villages including the ancient village of Scarlino, Gavorrano where there is an interesting Natural Mining Park, Castiglione della Pescaia, Suvereto, Piombino and Grosseto.
Follonica and its beaches all to live
The beach located in front of the town of Follonica is made up of fine sand, although there is a stretch of free beach. Here are many well-organized bathing establishments that offer entertainment for young and old, games and the opportunity to practice different sports activities (beach volleyball, Kitsurf, sailing)as well as a baby club and catering service. Dogs are also allowed in many of them.
But to enjoy in peace sun and sea, on the western side there are other beaches very suggestive, starting from Carbonifera whose sand is clear and fine and the bottom low, so also suitable for children. There are free spaces and equipped with bathing facilities.
Who loves a wilder environment can make a trip to the beach of Torre Mozza, composed of sand dunes and still find the comfort he needs and parking facilities. There is really spoiled for choice and the opportunity to enjoy the view of fabulous views, stopping at the beach Cala Violina among the most beautiful in the Maremma or even in Cala Civette or Casetta Civinini.
The sea is beautiful, the waters crystal clear enough to get the blue flag recognition.
Welcome in Follonica
Once in the heart of the Maremma, the choice of places to stay is really vast and ready to meet every need. The Tuscan town is very well equipped from this point of view and can offer solutions for all needs.
Elegant hotels with super-equipped rooms, direct access to the beach and restaurant, holiday homes, bed & breakfast, camping for the more adventurous tourists and also farmhouses where you can enjoy a holiday in the middle of nature and the typical flavors.
Many of them are ready to welcome even 4-legged friends.
A taste of «Follonica» in traditional dishes
The palate always wants its part and for this reason, going on holiday at Follonica means enjoying some «sgarro» at the table to enjoy the typical dishes of the place. First of all in the beautiful Tuscan Maremma can not miss a taste of the famous Florentine steak, about 6 cm thick and with a weight of 1.5 kg, this cut of meat is able to conquer everyone.
To remain faithful to the popular cuisine of the Region, here are the chickpeas with caciucco, a refined and very tasty dish and even the onions stuffed with bread, grana, parsley and amatriciana sauce.
There are also many gastronomic events that are held in the center and in the surrounding area to let visitors know all the Tuscan specialties.
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