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Ex Ilva Park

It was the site of the Royal Imperial Foundries and now it is a park where industrial archaeology is in the spotlight!

Once the site of the Royal Imperial Foundries, it is now a park where industrial archaeology reigns supreme!

It dates back to the mid-16th century, but its centrepiece, the Forno San Ferdinando (inside which the Museum of the Cast Iron Arts of the Maremma is currently housed) was built in the early 19th century. Subsequently, the Royal Foundries expanded and two more furnaces were built: the San Leopoldo Furnace and the Maria Antonietta Furnace.

Due to the large increase in workmanship, artistic artefacts also began to be produced, also in cast iron of course. The main entrance to the foundries, the so-called Cancellone, is one of the symbols of the city to this day, in neoclassical style.

Inside the park is the Palazzina del Granduca, the Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower) and a machine shop that now houses the Cast Iron Library.

In 1961, the foundries were decommissioned.

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How to get there: -Foundries are in the centre of Follonica. It is also accessible by car and has ample parking facilities. -Reachable from any point in the city, on foot or by bicycle. -The ex-ILVA Park is accessible -Free entrance -Suitable for children -Guided tours available - Assistive devices for disabled people -Pets allowed
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