Massa, where nature and history meet
The province of Massa-Carrara is a land of ancient settlements, once home to the proud and rebel Ligurian-Apuans defeated by the Romans only after long and strenuous resistance. The territory was long disputed in the Middle Ages between Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Genoa due to its strategic position along the historical Via Francigena route.
It offers a variety of attractions and breathtaking landscapes within short distances: from the sandy beaches with bathing establishments in fashion since the early years of the last century, to the beautiful and lush green slopes of the Apuan Alps, a hiker's paradise, to Carrara marble quarries where Michelangelo chose the precious white stone for his masterpieces, to the green hills and valleys in the Lunigiana area dotted with castles, parish churches and medieval walled hamlets.
Local food and ancient flavours, evidence of its past, meet the varied needs of tourists.
Massa, once capital of the small Duchy of the Cybo-Malaspina family, is nestled between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the spectacular Apuan Alps. It is overlooked by the imposing Malaspina Castle (XII c.) and still preserves important traces of its illustrious past with the Ducal Palace, the Cathedral, and Villa Rinchiostra which now houses the Civic Guadagnucci Collection, a permanent exhibition that retraces the artistic growth of Gigi Guadagnucci, one of the last masters of marble sculpting.
The Fine Arts Academy, the Civic Marble Museum and the artistic workshops in Carrara, the Aghinolfi Castle in the nearby Montignoso, the vineyards of the famous DOC Candia and Colli di Luni wines offer a multifaceted image of this corner of Tuscany.