Fun for the children
Even the children can find opportunities for fun in Follonica at the Pineta di Levante that awaits them with the two Mini Golf courses, the circuit for minicars and inflatables. Or at the Acqua Village, the fun water park. Nearby, the Cavallino Matto in Marina di Castagneto and the Gallorose di Cecina Park should not be overlooked.
Sports such as underwater fishing, sailing, surfing and kitesurfing can be practiced on this stretch of coast.
The tourist ports of Marina di Scarlino and Punta Ala are just a few minutes away by car, as well as the two golf courses of Pelagone and Punta Ala.
Horseback riding lovers will find an opportunity for guaranteed fun in the nearby riding schools and in the brand new Ippodromo dei Pini di Follonica.
Numerous mountain bike trails and hiking trails are organized and signposted around us.
From Il Martellino they wind through the Macchia Mediterranea, on the gentle hills that frame the Gulf of Follonica.
Already known in the Etruscan-Roman era, the sulphate-calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate waters from a natural spring at 36° offer treatments for health and psycho-physical well-being at the Calidario thermal baths in Venturina.
Of even more ancient origin are the thermal baths of Saturnia, where the water gushes with a speed of 800 liters per second at 37°. They appear as an oasis of true relaxation with 4 outdoor thermal pools, whirlpools and vascular paths.
Cellars and tractories
Il Martellino farmhouse is located in a vast and splendid area that produces flavors and aromas rich in tradition, memory and the past.
We are on the “Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Monteregio di Massa Marittima”, a single DOC area which boasts 8 types of wine
A little further north we find the “Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi”, where the vineyards become more noble and the DOC areas more prestigious: between Suvereto and Bolgheri, up to Montescudaio, wines are born, such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia, among the best in the world.
A little further south is the “Strada del Vino Colli di Maremma” which connects 13 municipalities and 4 DOC areas.
Il Martellino is part of the Montioni Park which, like the nearby Bandite di Scarlino nature reserve, has an adequate and efficient network of paths, clear signs, panoramic points and educational itineraries.
Further south we find the Maremma Natural Park, also known as Parco dell’Uccellina, with the mountains of the same name located at its center. From here you can look out over the entire Tyrrhenian coast and the opposite islands, Giglio, Elba and Corsica.
The crystal clear waters and high tourist accommodation are today the main attractions of Follonica, which has been awarded the European “Bandiera Blu” for many consecutive years.
The Gulf is characterized by shallow and safe bottoms, sandy beaches and refreshing pine forests. The whole beach is organized with bathing establishments alternating with strips of free beach. Some beaches more than others welcome tourists with breathtaking landscapes: Carbonifera, Torre Mozza, Il Boschetto, La Polveriera, Cala Martina, Cala Civette, Casetta Civinini.
One above all, Cala Violina, one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Italy, certainly the most famous in the entire Gulf.
We are located in the Parco degli Etruschi, a provincial archaeological park that collects 11 sites scattered throughout the area, including the important archaeological area of Roselle.
A little further north we rely on the Archaeological Park of Baratti-Populonia, the Archaeological-mining park of San Silvestro in Venturina, an open-air museum where, thanks to organized itineraries, the phases of metal working from the Etruscans to the Middle Ages are reconstructed.
Cities of art
Tuscany is unique in the world because each of its cities speaks to us of history, art and culture, Unesco has included 6 Tuscan locations in the list of world heritage sites: Florence, Siena, Pisa are the capital cities rich in masterpieces that the world envies us.
But even the smaller cities such as Lucca, Volterra and San Gimignano are gems of art and culture, where time seems to have stopped. Even Rome, the Eternal City, thanks to road and rail links can become the destination of a day trip.
The medieval villages
Lying on the hills overlooking the sea, or immersed in the countryside, the medieval villages in the surroundings testify to historical and cultural traditions. Massa Marittima, Gavorrano, Scarlino, Roccastrada, Montemassi, Suvereto, Campiglia Marittima, Pitigliano, Sorano are small fortified medieval villages that know how to offer scenic suggestions to visitors as they are well preserved and intact.
The Colline Metallifere are rich in minerals and are home to mines from which iron, copper, lead, zinc, pyrite and silver were extracted.
The MAGMA museum tells the story of that metallurgical tradition that made Follonica one of the main industrial realities in Italy in the nineteenth century.
The Naturalistic Mining Park of Gavorrano offers an insight into the life of mines and miners thanks to the Ravi-Marchi quarry, the Parco delle Rocce, with the “Teatro delle Rocce” theater used for cultural events, and the Mining Museum.