One of the most interesting museums to visit in Tuscany!
All the people who have visited Tuscany agree on the fact that it is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. Tuscany is rich in history, culture, art, tradition and breath-taking landscapes.
All cities – be they big or small, popular or not – hide exciting secrets!
Of course, Follonica is no exception!
Tourists appreciate very much the beaches and the stunning sea of this beautiful locality.
Instead, not everybody may imagine that ironworking has always been a distinctive activity in this area, due to its Etruscan origins.
In the 16th Century, the Appiani dynasty (who were lords of Piombino) ordered that an iron foundry be built in Follonica. The city became soon an important centre in the ironworking industry, thanks also to its proximity to the sea, which was perfect for trade.
In the following centuries, the activity was characterised by an increasing productivity, which reached the peak under Leopold II of Lorraine, grand duke of Tuscany.
The iron foundry specialised in the production of furnishing items and architectural elements, including the balustrade for Santa Maria del Fiore and the enclosure of Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence.
At the beginning of the 19th Century, the original establishment included the first ILVA foundries, whose activity continued until 1960, year of closure.
Ironworking has then characterised this area of Tuscany since the Etruscan era. That’s why it was decided in 2013 that the ancient foundry would be turned into a museum dedicated to iron and cast iron: the current Museo delle Arti in Ghisa della Maremma (MAGMA), also known as Museo del Ferro e della Ghisa.
It has been defined as “an extraordinary monument of industrial archaeology” that allows to discover the history of ironworking, which has always characterised Follonica. It is one of the most interesting museums to visit in Tuscany.
The central theme is clear as soon as you see the monumental gate at the entrance, which is made of cast iron.
In the the entrance hall, instead, you will be welcomed by a bust (still made of cast iron) of Leopold II of Lorraine, the abovementioned grand duke of Tuscany.
So, don’t hesitate! Spend unforgettable holidays in Follonica and admire the beauty of Tuscany: sea, sun, fun, relaxation, but also lots of occasions to learn more about local tradition and culture!
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