Follonica, Blue flag eco-label
Follonica, which has been awarded several times by both Legambiente (4 sails) and the European Community (the prestigious Blue Flag award) for the safeguard and conservation of its natural resources and coastline environment, has recently become a renowned sea resort. Being located in the middle of the gulf of the same name and in front of the biggest island of the Tuscan archipelago, the Elba, it offers varied attractions to discover and outdoor activities to do close by while on holiday.
Vacations surrounded by sea and nature
Follonica doesn’t necessarily mean seaside: all the area is rich in natural reserves (mainly woodlands) where it’s possible discovering the local fauna (wild boars and roe deers just to mention a few), like Poggio Tre Cancelli nature reserve or that one of Tomboli of Follonica.
The town is placed, moreover, on the hilly area commonly known as Colline Metallifere (Metal hills, literally translated into English), for the presence of mineral veins, which sometimes give the landscape the typical rust aspect.
Follonica, a whole calendar dedicated to folklore
As is known to all, allegory is the main trait of the Tuscan traditions, but the fact that it is usually represented as masks on coloured floats parades seems to be a prerogative of the Tuscan coastline towns! As it happens in Viareggio, every year a joyful and coloured carnival takes place in Follonica with funny and original artistic creations that deserve to be visited. During Summers season, moreover, the recently restored hippodrome (which Follonica is particularly renowned for) is home to many horse races which are worth a visit if you’re fond of those kind of activities.
As last noteworthy event you should not miss out, the traditional Palio dei rioni, a manifestation that, as it happens in many other Tuscan localities, recalls the Renaissance times, local culture and habits.
How to get there
Follonica has its own rail station connecting the town to other regional and national destinations. Even if car is once again the most convenient mean of transport for getting there, this town is quite well served by public transportation, so that car could not be necessary. Anyway, you may drive to Follonica following the Florence-Pisa-Livorno state road (or the A12 motorway), exiting at Rosignano and then taking the Aurelia road towards Grosseto.