Valpiana

stemma mediceo

stemma mediceo

The village is located between Massa Marittima and Follonica, around 10km from the seaside. Its history is linked to the steel industry: the first plant was created at the end of the XIII century and then expanded by the Medici Family during the second half of the XVI century; in that moment the village itself was built up.
The plant was organized in two main sections: the iron was first sent to the furnace and then to the processing plants located along the artificial river Gora delle Ferriere.

The main attraction in Valpiana is today the Aquarium, important marine research centre that also organizes didactic activities for children and grown-ups.