Follonica

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Follonica
Città di Follonica
FollonicaSenzuno.jpg
Location of Follonica
Follonica is located in Italy
Follonica
Follonica
Location of Follonica in Italy
Follonica is located in Tuscany
Follonica
Follonica
Follonica (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 42°55′08.76″N 10°45′42.76″E / 42.9191000°N 10.7618778°E / 42.9191000; 10.7618778
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceGrosseto (GR)
Government
 • MayorAndrea Benini
Area
 • Total56.02 km2 (21.63 sq mi)
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total21,308
 • Density380/km2 (990/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Follonichesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
58022
Dialing code0566
Patron saintSt. Leopold
Saint dayNovember 15
WebsiteOfficial website

Follonica (Italian pronunciation: [folˈlɔːnika]) is a town and comune (township) of province of Grosseto in the Italian region of Tuscany, on the Gulf of Follonica (Golfo di Follonica), about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of the city of Grosseto.

History[edit]

It was founded in 1834 by Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany for the workers of a new ironworks plant. However, the area was already settled in Etruscan and Roman times, and a medieval castle (Castello di Valli), whose ruins overlook now the modern town from a nearby hill, existed since at least 884. Until 1923 it was a frazione of Massa Marittima.

Main sights[edit]

Tourism[edit]

Follonica is a tourist site during the summer, mostly visited by the Italians themselves. The city has been awarded the Bandiera Blu ("Blue Flag") every year from 2000 to 2007 for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater.

Transports[edit]

The Via Aurelia highway (SS 1), which runs from Rome to the Franco-Italian border, passes close by the city. The railway linking Reggio Calabria in the south and Turin in the north runs through the city, providing direct railway connections to the cities of Grosseto, Rome, Turin, Naples, Pisa and La Spezia, among others.

Government[edit]

List of mayors[edit]

Mayor Term start Term end Party
Giò Batta Santini 1944 1948 Italian Socialist Party
Milton Bartoli 1948 1951 Italian Socialist Party
Dino Tesi 1951 1956 Italian Socialist Party
Osvaldo Bianchi 1956 1963 Italian Socialist Party
Giovanni Coppola 1963 1966 Italian Socialist Party
Dino Abati 1966 1970 Italian Republican Party
Ovidio Angeluccetti 1970 1980 Italian Communist Party
Massimo Corti 1980 1983 Italian Socialist Party
Lorenzo Chelini 1983 1987 Italian Communist Party
Enrico Norcini 1987 1995 Italian Communist Party/Democratic Party of the Left
Emilio Bonifazi 1995 2004 Democratic Party of the Left/The Daisy
Claudio Saragosa 2004 2009 Democrats of the Left/Democratic Party
Eleonora Baldi 2009 2014 Democratic Party
Andrea Benini 2014 Incumbent Democratic Party

Twin towns[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Follonica at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.