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  • JochemvH2000
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    We had a lovely mornig tour of the botanical gardens! The guide told us a lot about the different species of plants/animals of the apuan alps and the imporance of this diversity. She also provided some information about the special climate and the different types of rock. The walk itself is already worth it: from strolling through the forest and walking through grasslands, too climbing to a beautiful 360° view. Because we had a mixed group the guide took her time to do the tour in both english and italian which was perfect!
    Written 24 August 2022
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  • Manuela L
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,705 contributions
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    Italiy beach Lungo mare in the area of Marina di Massa, are exclusive, itlaian style;
    most you must pay an entrance, 5 E, you have a cabin to change you;
    there are very long beach with seaside cafes, and thousend beachchairs, you must rent one for 5 , 6 or 7 € , the day; The beach is keep on eye, there are supervisors, and surveillance; make sure you respect the safety guidliness; often the sea is rough, dangerouse for young people also for children;
    They keep the beach very clean; often there are piscines on the beach.
    Written 24 June 2016
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,020 contributions
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    This ancient fortress is an opportunity for the visitor to reflect - among other things - on the peculiarity of this corner of Tuscany compared to the majority of the region.
    In fact, this fortress is the seat - strongly evident - of the leading power in Massa and its area for long centuries. This leading power is a noble, feudal one: medieval municipal autonomies (so typical for Tuscany, and for north-central Italy as a whole) here are missing, or in any case don't leave strong marks on the urban built form. The Malaspina family, ruling both the castle, and the city of Massa and many other settlements into this extreme north-west of Tuscany, is a feudal family, which profits from its relative periphery compared to the very powerful medieval neighbors - the municipalities of Genoa, Pisa and Florence - to maintain and consolidate its local power.
    However, this power is overall weak both both with respect to these municipalities and with respect to the lordships that inherited the territories in the early modern era: the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Republic of Genoa.
    Since the beginning of this dominance over Massa and the adjacent territories, the Malaspina landlords identified this rocky spur dominating Massa and its plain - already occupied since prehistoric times - as an almost natural place of military settlement; and later also as a more comfortable and "civil" place of residence, a real palace. These are precisely the different functions that we can see in the mighty, scenic building.
    Unfortunately, the long decades in which the building was used as a prison have stripped the settlement of any furniture and decoration (even if the splendor of the palatial part is still evident).
    We report the limited opening hours: only Saturday and Sunday afternoon. We also point out that currently (October 2020) GPS signals a road route to get into the castle by car, which is wrong (it leads the car to impassable bottlenecks and even stairs!). Better to rely on a traditional map, or walk up to the castle hill.
    Written 24 October 2020
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  • Nataliia P
    Rome, Italy34 contributions
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    Marina di Massa is an amazing beach zone at summer as they are open the bagno that provides you with everything you need up to towels and access to showers (need to pay of course) and an amazing walking path full of small restaurants with local food and just places where you can have your cold spritz in the afternoon while enjoying the sunset!
    However it’s crowded here even in winter with people strolling on the beach, kids skating, etc.
    Written 12 March 2019
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,020 contributions
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    It's hard to believe that until 2012 (as I read) this square was almost completely used as a car park. The rulers who at the beginning of the nineteenth century worked hard to give the city a decent square, would be horrified. And this reduction of the square, a place of sociality, to a parking lot, was a sign - by no means secondary - of the disaffection of the citizens and their rulers for the city of Massa.
    Fortunately, today this scar has been healed, and has increased the attractiveness of a city that - to be frank - has never been able to compete for fame with the majority of other cities in Tuscany.
    The construction of the square (starting from 1807; originally called "Piazza Grande") is due to Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister and Duchess of Massa. It appears from the illustrative plaques set in the square that its construction involved the demolition of the pre-existing church of San Pietro, with vehement protests from some of the population.
    In the mid-nineteenth century the obelisk was then placed in the center of the square, and later the statues of four lions. The presence, on one side of the square, of the façade of the Duke's Palace, means that both structures (square and palace) increase each other their elegance and grandeur.
    The oranges - although of an inedible variety - indicate to the traveler the mildness of the climate of this part of Tuscany, not unlike the neighboring Liguria; and they increase the pleasantness of a square that has recovered the role initially attributed to it by the founders, of "living room of the city".
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,020 contributions
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    Despite Resceto is part of the municipality of Massa, only three times a day (and two times on public holidays) the # 78 bus coming from Massa city center reaches this tiny hamlet, built into the deep valley at the foot of Mount Tambura. Obviously those traveling by car will have less trouble reaching it.
    Resceto is the current head of one of the most extraordinary (as it remained virtually untouched) examples of 18th century road technology, in Italy and perhaps in Europe: the Via Vandelli. This is due to a lucky combination of circumstances.
    The first circumstance is the very thorough construction (starting 1738) of this road, which is named after the mathematician who has designed and directed the work, Domenico Vandelli. The road linked Modena with Massa, then with the Tyrrhenian Sea, when the Duchy of Modena and principality of Massa and Carrara have merged, through a marriage between the two dynasties.
    The second circumstance is the sudden decommissioning, after a few decades, of the road (and especially of the daring stretch, that from Resceto reaches the ridge of the Apuan Alps), because replaced by easier routes.
    The result is a conservation both of the road geometry and of its size, exactly as it was conceived centuries ago: a series of hairpin bends that in just 6 Kms run through a vertical drop of 1200 mts; and a 2,5 mts width, which smoothly allowed a carriage transit (but obviously not the intersection between two of them).
    The original pavement has been recently restored, then the road is easy to walk, up to the ridge.
    Follow this route over favorable weather (but be careful in the summer: the side of the valley is quite bare, then there is no shadow) allows a very interesting excursion as for the landscape, but even more for the experience that it allows, about a rare example of road archeology.
    If you wish, close to the route summit, at the "Nello Conti" hut (1442 mts, open from June to September, and also on weekends) you can have your lunch.
    Written 10 March 2017
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  • dundacil
    Massa, Italy125 contributions
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    Interesting visit to a bunker built during WWII to host civilians during allied bombing of Massa. It is very touching to visit it, in its bareness it commands silence and deep thinking
    Written 2 January 2016
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