Massa Alta is located in “Cittanuova”, the upper side of Massa Marittima, the medieval gem of Tuscany, renown for Piazza Garibaldi, considered one of the most beautiful central piazza of Italy.
Just a few feet from Massa Alta there are some extraordinary buildings showing the amazing medieval heritage of this town: the anciente complex of San Pietro all’Orto with its cloister “Chiostro di Sant’Agostino“, the beautiful tower Torre del Candeliere e the fortress Fortezza Senese.
Climbing down the steep steps of the picturesque via Moncini, you will reach Piazza Garibaldi, the main square of Massa Marittima
Piazza Garibaldi is the most refined example of medieval urban development, represents the heart of the Town and is considered one of the most beautiful squares of Italy.
This magical place will take your breath away: the stunning Cathedral of San Cerbone (called Duomo) faces the unique public space at a diagonal and is surrounded by other beautiful buildings such as the Palace of Podestà, the Town Hall, the Market Place (the Loggia).
Another main attraction of Massa Marittima is the public fountain the “Abundance Fountain“. In 1999, during a restoration, a fresco depicting the Tree of Abundance was found hidden beneath a layer of plaster: a large tree with twenty-five penises hanging from its branches and two women scuffling over collecting them. The scene of this fresco, dated between 1265 and 1335, was interpreted as a good omen: in fact, the male sexual organ is associated with water and life, therefore “abundance”.
A wondeful small lake with a considerable depth of 50m, located 10 km away form Massa Marittima. The perfect destination for a walk immersed in wild nature or for a swim in crystal clear, refreshing waters. Lake Accesa is also a remarkable archeological site: in the woods nearby the lake, there are the ruins of an Etruscan mining settlement and of and necropolis dated VII-VI secolo b.C.
This settlement was a satellite site of the powerful Etruscan town Vetulonia, connected via the River Bruna (which rises from the bed of the lake and flows into the sea of Castiglione della Pescaia).
This traditional medieval contest is certainly one of the most important and impressive of Italy and staged twice a year on the 4th Sunday of May and on August 14th.
This festival goes back to the beginning of the 14th century and is a celebration of independence and abundance, Twenty-four crossbowmen, eight archers for each of the Terzieri (Borgo, Cittavecchia, Cittanuova), dressed in medieval costumes, compete to prove the supremacy of one of the terzieri/districts making up Massa Marittima from the date of its constitution as a Free City.
The splendid setting of “Piazza del Duomo” packed with spectators, the marvellous flag-wavers (Sbandieratori) show, the colourful pageant of 150 participants in faithfully reproduced medieval clothes and the crossbowmen contest will take your breath-away!
One of the most beautiful and most popular beaches of the Maremma Region, internationally renowned for its crystal clear waters and amazing “singing sand”. There are only few beaches in the world that make a lovely sound when you walk on their sand and Cala Violina is one of them! Violina comes from the word violin. You can easily reach Cala Violina in approximately 40min drive from Massa Marittima, there you will find is a pay parking open from 8:00 am till 8:00pm.
The Tuscan Mining Geopark, CETS certified from 2014 (Carta Europea Turismo Sostenibile), was created to preserve and to promote the amazing mining and environmental heritage of the Maremma Region. The Geopark includes 7 towns: Follonica, Gavorrano, Massa Marittima, Montieri, Monterotondo Marittimo, Roccastrada e Scarlino where in each of them. there is a “Door to Park” a sort of info point with usefull information on special trails and on guided tours.
There are several theme tours to explore the Geopark going from the extraction of minerals (iron, lignite, pyrite, copper, silver, etc), to ancient castels, to the geothermal energy.
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