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Massa, in the province of Massa and Carrara, Tuscany, by Darcy Aubin

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The streets and the cathedral at the historical centre of Massa, Tuscany, by Darcy Aubin



The Cathederal in the centre of Massa's historical centre


River flowing into the Marina of Massa, at Massa, Tuscany, Italy,
by Jesse Andrews


The town of Massa, by Jesse Andrews


The beaches at the Marina of Massa, Tuscany, by Jesse Andrews
 

Welcome to Massa and the Marina of Massa, Tuscany 

Population:
14,805 (2008)
 
Due to their extremely close location to one another, Massa and Carrara often referred to as though they were a single city. However they are still two completely different cities in terms of culture, activities and education.

Over centuries, Massa, has been  influenced by the domination of the  Malaspina Family (who ruled the city between the 15th and 16th centuries) and also by the certain changes made to the city during the 19th century which still have a strong influence over numerous aspects of the city's aesthetic appeal.

At the beginning of the 19th century Massa was under the control of Elisa Baciocchi, the sister of Napoleone, who governed the city as the Grand Duchess of Tuscany.

Elisa Baciocchi had a huge influence over the city of Massa making many significant changes throughout her reign to the aesthetical appeal of the city.

It was thanks to her that  some of Massa's most important areas of the city (such as the Piazza degli Aranci, which was appointed as the focal point of all activity in the city by her).

The urban renewal of Massa during the 19th century succeeded in reorganising and improving the old regions of the city. However, consequently there are now few traces of the city's original medieval structure.

One of the only examples of the city's Medieval heritage is the imposing Rocca (as shown in the first photo on this page) which is city's most prominent building, noticeable from almost anywhere in the vicinityof Massa.  La Rocca "The Rock"  was constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries, and which exemplifies classical Medieval style.

The centre of Massa is a busy place, with several bars, cafes and designer boutiques.  Not far from the historical centre of the town are beautiful white sand beaches which span the coast. 

Visiting the coastal region in addition to the towns of Pietrasanta, Massa and Carrara make for a fascinating day in Northwest Tuscany.

 

Region of Tuscany

 

Directions

The marble towns of Massa and Carra are very accessible following the Pisa-Genoa highway.  Signs to both cities are very well marked. 

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