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Follonica is a small, yet very charming town located in the Italian region of Tuscany, on the Gulf of Follonica, about 25 miles Northwest of the city of Grossetto. Follonica was founded by the Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany, in 1834 for the workers of a new ironworks plant. Nevertheless, the area of Follonica was already settled in Etruscan and Roman period. Follonica is a popular tourist attraction, especially during the summer.
Top Attractions Within Follonica
Acquavillage is the place in Follonica where you and your family can have a splash. The venue has got a wide range of activities, such as water slides, pools, Zumba, wave pools and many swimming pools for children and adults. The venue has also got many coffee shops and restaurants, where you can enjoy a satisfying meal after a tiring swim in the pool.
The Church of San Leopoldo was commissioned in 1836 by the Grand Duke Leopold II, consecrated in 1838 and completed in 1841. This beautiful church in Folllonica boasts a Neoclassic style with a Latin cross floor and cast iron within the church. Also made in cast iron are the columns that sustain the decorated entablature, the banisters, the central arch and the works depicting Saint Leopold distributing food to the poor.
Amedeo Modigliani Civic Art Gallery sits in a 1920s building that follows the late Liberty style and is very close to the promontory, that it also provides lovely views of the sea. This gallery may not be in Rome, but still prides itself with exhibits from great artists such as Picasso, Dali, Modigliani, Micheli, and Walter Sabatelli. It also has a large collection of works by notable Tuscan artists.
Palazzo Granducale in Follonica was built in 1845 and was the home of Grand Duke Leopoldo I. The Palace is a stunning example of the Liberty style that was favoured by Follonica's artists and architects. The complex in Follonica consists in three buildings that are embellished with beautiful wrought-iron decorations from the floral motifs on the exterior to the ornate balustrade inside the palazzo.