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Tuesday 07
March 2023

209 km
Altitude gain 1900 mt

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Camaiore -

Follonica

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This stage is wavy and undulating, especially in the second part. Starting in Camaiore and cutting through Montemagno, the route reaches Pisa and the district of Livorno on flat roads, then climbs up to Castellina Marittima and continues southbound, across Riparbella and Canneto. After a long and mostly downhill segment, the stage course enters the final circuit (approx. 21 kms), with a short, steep spurt up to Impostino, to be covered twice.
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The final kilometres are mostly straight, on 8 m wide tarmac.

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Camaiore

Overview

Camaiore lies at the heart of Versilia, a charming region with long-established traditions, and has a varied landscape. Only a few other places on earth can boast such a combination of contrasting yet harmonising sceneries: from the heights of the Apuan Alps to the gentle rolling hills, dotted with lovely villages, to the beaches in Lido di Camaiore.

The customs and traditions of the city, such as the sawdust carpets and the oil-lamp procession commemorating the death of Jesus, made it a major tourist destination. Camaiore has a typical chessboard layout, and is surrounded by defensive walls. Major landmarks include the famous Collegiate church and the Benedictine Abbey. The town bursts into life especially in the summertime, offering a wealth of tourist attractions. The Palio takes place in June and in July, with the six town’s districts challenging each other in a set of athletic and entertaining competitions. The town of Camaiore is also known to sports and cycling enthusiasts for the historical “Gran Premio Città di Camaiore”, which was raced from 1949 to 2014, while in recent years it has become a permanent feature of the Tirreno-Adriatico route.

Food

Scarpaccia: A savory pie, traditionally prepared with zucchini, flour, salt, pepper and onion.

Torta di pepe or “co’ pizzi”: A savory rice pie, with the alternative name referring to the lace-like design of the puff-pastry crust. The filling is made with rice, chard, bread, eggs, pepper, parsley and pecorino cheese.

Tordelli: A pasta dish, similar to ravioli, stuffed with ground beef and pork, chard, parmesan, eggs and breadcrumbs. It is served in a rich meat sauce.

Norcineria camaiorese: “Norcineria” refers to artiginal pork products, and in the Camaiore area this food originates from the butchers of the village of Gombitelli. This is a linguistic island that has hosted a Longobard population since the Middle Ages. Typical products are lard, pork mortadella, or “sbriciolona”, and biroldo. The sbriciolona is sweet and delicate tasting, made with shoulder loin, neck and pork belly, to which are added aromas and spices – salt, pepper, fennel seeds, cinnamon and cloves. Biroldo is a blood-based pork sausage, made with parts considered less noble, such as head, lungs, heart, tongue and sometimes intestines.

Points of interest

In addition to its historical and medieval features, the center of Camaiore encompasses many places of interest around it. The main street is the central via Vittorio Emanuele, paved and pedestrianized, along which there are shops, bars and excellent restaurants.

The Collegiate Church of Maria Assunta is the most important church, located in Piazza San Bernardino and built in 1260. The Church and Cloister of San Lazzaro dates back to 1610 and is located in the locality of Frati. Traditional festivals and events are organized in the cloister during the summer. Another religious place is the suggestive Badia di San Pietro, dating back to the Lombard period and which reached its maximum splendor in the 12th century. Another church is that of San Michele, of Romanesque origin but rebuilt after World War II.

Among the many palaces present, the Palazzo Tori Massoni stands out, home to the Archaeological Museum of Camaiore, where you can find many historical remains that testify to a continuity of settlement from Prehistory to the Middle Ages up to the proto-industrial age. The Museum of Sacred Art of Camaiore, on the other hand, is located in a 17th century building, an ancient hospitales located along the Via Francigena, which later became the seat of the Confraternity of San Michele Arcangelo. Over time, the Museum has enriched its collections, becoming the site of important exhibitions and collecting some of the most interesting local works of art. Among these, the well-known Virgin Annunciata by Matteo Civitali.

Another building of a certain value is the Teatro dell’Olivo, one of the oldest in all of Tuscany. Built in the mid-1600s by the Academy of the Weak. Finally there is the Arc de Triomphe. Made outside the Lombricese gate to celebrate Camaiore’s loyalty to Lucca in quelling the “Revolt of the beggars”.

Folllonica

Overview

Follonica is one of the most popular summer destinations of the Grosseto Maremma and more generally of Tuscany.

The gradual urban expansion toward the sea, which took place mainly during the last century, has made Follonica a city with a strong tourist vocation, although its foundation dates back to the 16th century (AD), when it established itself in the Tuscan territory as an important steel hub.

The historic center of Follonica in fact coincides with the ancient perimeter wall (magonal fence) that enclosed the ironworks.

Gastronomia

A Follonica le associazioni locali sono molto attive e in ogni momento dell’anno può capitare di imbattersi in eventi legati alla gastronomia, alla musica e all’animazione commerciale. Il panorama enogastronomico è ricco e variegato. Come nella migliore tradizione toscana il vino fa da padrone sulla tavola e le etichette dei rossi e dei bianchi ben si accompagnano ai gusti forti delle pappardelle al cinghiale, piatto principe della Maremma, a quelli più pacati dei classici a base di pesce, compreso il cacciucco, dovuto ai forti influssi livornesi, ma anche il polpo e i pesci  del golfo di Follonica, particolarmente saporiti poiché il tratto di mare detiene una percentuale di sapidità  più elevata nella media del Tirreno.

I numerosi ristoranti  e trattorie  si approvvigionano dai pescatori locali, garantendo  qualità dei piatti rinomata e gustosa e completando l’offerta enogastronimica locale, anche in relazione alforte richiesta di una città fortemente turistica. Follonica garantisce sia ristoranti di charme che ristoranti di cucina tradizionale e ha una  Associazione Ristoranti (Associazione Ristoranti Follonica) con il maggior numero dei soci della Toscana.

Semplicità, sobrietà e genuinità sono le caratteristiche dei piatti preparati; ricette schiette, rustiche o raffinate, con  un rispetto assoluto degli ingredienti e dei sapori naturali sia del mare che della terra. L’attenzione si pone  sull’esaltare, oltre a carne e pesce, anche altri prodotti tipici quali formaggi e salumi, di produzione  locale di elevata qualità. Menzione particolare per l’olio di questa terra, che beneficiando degli influssi del mare che rendono mite il clima, offre un prodotto morbido e molto fruttato.

Una chicca …la torta Follonica, oltre a produzioni di dolci tipici della Maremma e della Toscana (cenci, cantuccini, cavallucci, ricciarelli…).

Points of interest

Follonica’s coastline is particularly prized for its sandy seabed that slopes slowly out to sea. A feature that allows anyone to be able to dive into the water without taking risks.

The numerous bathing establishments scattered along this stretch of the Maremma coastline offer sea lovers the opportunity to spend pleasant days on the beach in the company of friends and family. There is also no shortage of large stretches of free beach and DOG BEACH, dedicated to those who choose Follonica and the Maremma to spend their vacations with their dogs.

Follonica has been awarded the Blue Flag several times in the past 18 years. In 2017 it received the 5 Sails from Legambiente, ricons that have been a guarantee on the quality of the sea water and services provided to visitors since their establishment.

Follonica is a town rich in history, tradition and places to visit. The MAGMA – Museo delle Arti in Ghisa della Maremma (Museum of Cast Iron Arts of the Maremma), located in theformer iron and steel complex, offers the chance to get in touch with the history of Follonica and its territory. The Montioni Natural Park, on the other hand, offers the possibility of historical itineraries to discover some of the most important places for the territory during the Middle Ages.

MAGMA – Museum of Cast Iron Arts in the Maremma, was inaugurated in 1970 in a temporary location. Since 1998, this museum of the Maremma has been permanently housed inside the old San Ferdinando Furnace. Inside MAGMA, thanks to the multimedia exhibit, it is possible to trace the process of cast iron production, both locally and internationally. In the Etruscan section of the museum, on the other hand, a number of artifacts found during the excavation of the Etruscan iron and steel settlement at Rondelli are on display.

Follonica Theater: the former steel complex houses, in addition to MAGMA, the Follonica Theater. The restoration project of the Fonderia Leopolda, a building that currently houses the theater, was supervised by architect Vittorio Gregotti. Opened on October 27, 2014, with a concert by Franco Battiato, currently the auditorium can hold 400 people. There is also a cafeteria and a restaurant inside the theater.

Art Gallery: the Pinacoteca di Follonica, dating back to the early twentieth century, was first Casa del Fascio, then Casa del Popolo and now houses the Civic Art Gallery. Inside are permanent collections donated by contemporary artists and painters, local and otherwise.

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