Owing to its strategic location along the ancient road called Via Francigena, Massa was once the rest place for pilgrims travelling from France to Rome.
Upto the 11th century Massa belonged to the Bishops of Luni. However, the most significant marks on the town were left by two noted families the Malaspinas and Cybo Malaspinas, who ruled Massa for three centuries from 1440.
The core of Massa is Piazza Aranci named after the orange trees that border the square on three sides. On the remaining side there is the impressive Duke's Palace (Palazzo Ducale, also known as the "red palace" because of its flame red facade) which was built in 1550. Its
spacious inner courtyard is of extraordinary beauty.
Malaspina Castle is situated just a few minutes walk above the town centre. The base of the square tower is the oldest part, which is flanked by three cylindrical towers enclosed by an
embattled curtain wall.
Crossed by the ancient Via Francigena, Lunigiana is an area extending from the Apennines to the mouth of the Magra river.
This area, belonging in part to Tuscany and in part to Liguria, is rich in mediaeval history: castles, Romanesque churches and ancient villages of extraordinary beauty dot the landscape making it difficult to choose what to see.
Aulla, Filetto, Licciana Nardi, Pontremoli, Villafranca are the most important centers of Lunigiana.
What makes this area special is the wealth of history dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. In fact, this small but attractive region has over the centuries been dominated by various groups of people, each settlement leaving traces of their presence.
Castles Roman Parish Churches In addition, in the museum in Pontremoli you can admire the stela statues dating back to 3000 BC. The Lunigiana cuisine is well known.
Several restaurants and 'trattorie' have maintained the old culinary traditions, based on mushrooms, sausages and quiches. Calendar of the sagre (gastronomic feasts)
It is the environmental and natural resources of our territory which make Massa unique, due to the peculiar characteristics whic impress every newcomer; it is not easy, actually, to find such a variety of landscapes within just a few miles: from the sea to the tilled countryside, the city, the hills and the Apuan Alps, with their hidden treasures that man has, though, always been aware of.
Marble, which has been quarried and fabricated since Roman times in the quarries of near-by Carrara, springs of water with low mineral content gushing out of the mountains, all included within and protected by a healthy and temperate climate, where it never snows; so much so that orange trees, as well as many succulent plants, can peacefully vegetate here.
A few steps from the flatland, on plateaus jutting out to the river Frigido, some mountain villages of extremely ancient origins (such as Altagnana, Antona, Pariana), which must have been inhabited since pre-historical times.
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по дороге в STAZZEMA
It’s the smallest principal town in Versilia. It is also the one located at the highest altitude (443 meters above the sea), on top of mount Matanna. The town’s territory is delimited by the Apuan Alps on the North-East, Camaiore and Pietrasanta on the South-West, and Seravezza on the West. It’s 12km from Seravezza, to which it is connected by regular bus lines. A network of tracks starts from the town, which allow to reach all the locations and the summits of the Apuane which surround it. The town itself is quite off centred from its territory, so much that its legal location is in the hamlet of Ponte Stazzemese. It is inhabited by around 600 people; the economy of the town is limited to some commercial and tourist activities as well as some craftsman shops. The origin and meaning of its name, which first appears in documents from the end of the IX and X centuries, isn’t certain. The Town of Stazzema is divided into 18 hamlets, each one with its story and traditions. The hamlets are Stazzema, Cardoso, Levigliani, Arni, Terrinca, Pontestazzemese, Farnocchia, Sant'Anna, Pomezzana, Retignano, Pruno, Volegno, Ruosina, Palagnana, Mulina, Gallena, La Culla and Campagrina http://www.vacanzeinversilia.com/eng/stazzema.html
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The nearest point of access is the village of Leviglian - a small semi-tourist village nestling beneath the bulk of Monte Corchia (5,470' - 1,677m). From here, you must walk, though it is possible to use a recently constructed quarry road, to reach some parts of the mountain, but in the main you must be prepared to walk for a couple of hours or more.