Via Amorotti, 58022 Follonica GR, Italia
MAGMA, the Museum of Cast Iron Arts of the Maremma in Follonica, is housed in what was once a foundry and retraces the history of the industry, but also the history of the people who brought it to life.
The origin of Follonica itself is tied to ironworking: a foundry was recorded as early as the 16th century, but it’s known that even the Etruscans appreciated the characteristics of the territory, with artefacts found that date to the 6th century BCE.
Leopold II is credited with giving the city its current appearance, who in 1836 turned Follonica into the Grand Duchy’s main production centre for iron.
The foundry gradually began to specialize in cast iron furnishings and architectural elements: some of the best examples are the balustrade for Santa Maria del Fiore and the fencing around piazzale Michelangelo in Florence.