Global hub for quarrying and processing marble. Everywhere in the city you can feel its charming presence: in factories, laboratories and monuments.
For centuries artists from all over the world have been here to learn how sculpting marble. Duomo (XII), Accademia di Belle Arti and Alberica square are hystorical jewels that should not be missed, as well as an excursion in the marble basin for seeing the real work on the quarries. Must-see the unique and authentic marble musuem, city symbol.
Capital of the little pre-unification duchy, Massa is dominated by the medieval Malaspina castle which is expanded since renaissance period. In the centre, Aranci square is overlooked by Ducale palace, headquarter of exhibitions of painting and sculpture.
Along the seafront wide beaches and wild fun characterized this place. Over to already known Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio, Versilia got interesting little villages on the slopes of the southern Apuan Alps, places of memory like Sant’Anna di Stazzema and beautiful natural place like the wind’s caves.
Door of access to Val di Magra, Sarzana is a city rich of history, heir of the the ancient diocese of Luni. Designed with medieval and renaissance military architecture, the fortresses of Sarzanello and Firmafede towering over the vally where once were used to controll the enter to the city. Interesting even the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (XIII-XVIII sec.) in baroque style, with three naves.
Lunigiana is the green heart of Massa-Carrara. Surrounded by Appennini and Apuan Apls, Magra valley offers pleasant landscapes rich of history. Lots of castles that you can visit, built during the centuries by Malaspina family, set villages in the middle of the natural green. Fivizzano and Pontremoli are two ex-domains of Florence where you can still see the tradition of the past time.
Perched overlooking the blu sea, among the green wineyard on daring terracing: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso
composing the wonderful corner of the Levante ligure, known as Cinque Terre, Unesco heritage since 1997. Sailors villages that reveal ancient origins, with uncontaminated corners, breathtaking walks and seafood cousine.
For Trekking lovers, looking at the mountains, there are five sanctuaries: Montenero, delle Grazie, della Salute, di Reggio, di Soviore. Art treasures that preserve their ancient origins.
Golfo dei Poeti
A tour of the Gulf of La Spezia is a must and the offer is so rich that there is only the embarrassment of the choice. Do not miss the charming church of San Pietro on the cliffs of Portovenere, with view of the nearby island of Palmaria, the castle of Lerici, the view of Montemarcello, a terrace overlooking the plain of ancient Luni and the nearby Apuan Apls. And then the characteristic ligurian fishing villages of San Terenzo, Tellaro and Fiascherino, without forgetting Bocca di Magra, at the mouth of the river of the same name.