Follonica: one of the gems of Tuscany

A beautiful town rich in history and beauty!

Did you know that the name of Follonica has something to do with the laundry?
Seriously!
In fact, it seems that the place name derives from the Latin word “fullonica”, which denoted the workplace of “fulloni”, whose job was to wash and remove stains from clothes.
This hypothesis is absolutely plausible, since the territory is rich in springs.
Not to mention the fact that water is a significant element for Tuscany.
The sea is a clear proof: people have always been bewitched by its beauty.

In fact, Follonica grew around Castello di Valli, a castle that was the summer residence of the bishops of Lucca at the end of the 9th century. The castle was the only inhabited area until 1834, when the birth and the spread of iron foundries turned what was originally a simple village in one of the most important ironworking centres in Tuscany.
The ruins of the majestic tower, some buildings (perfectly preserved) and part of the city walls are what remains of the original castle, which is still today one of the attractions of Follonica.

As the village and the population grew, the rural church near the castle turned out to be too small to accommodate all believers.
The royal commissioner requested then permission to build a new church: in 1836, he obtained the authorization from the Tuscan Government.
Grand Duke Leopold II went personally to Follonica and chose the place where the new church dedicated to the Patron Saint of the town would be built: this is the short history of the church of San Leopoldo.
It is a church in Neoclassical style and it is the nth proof of the considerable importance that iron and cast iron had in Follonica.
In fact, the pronaos, the rose window, the apsis, some decors and the top of the bell tower are made of cast iron, which is somewhat unusual and innovative for a church.

Can’t you see how many secrets you can find out in Follonica?
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