Comune di Massa Marittima
Province: Grosseto (GR)
Population: 8.825 (M 4.149, F 4.676)
Address: Piazza Garibaldi, 10 C.A.P.: 58024
Tel: +39 0566 913711 Fax: +39 0566 902052
A lucky mix of art and urban planning, which explodes in the splendor of the medieval Piazza del Duomo, the pristine natural environment of the Maremma, a history going back out to the findings of the Etruscans in Accesa Lake, the pride of the thirteenth century free Municipality ; the tracks in the area and the socio-cultural life of mining of the past.
These elements have combined in recent times to explore the tourist town of Massa Marittima, situated in a panoramic position, 400 meters of altitude the city is located in the district of Metalliferous Hills, which open a crown around the Gulf of Follonica.
Striking to see in every season, the square, with its travertine buildings, sober and imposing encloses the part of the most remarkable story of the city, which reached its maximum splendor in the thirteenth century, when it came even to fly its currency.
Varied and articulated to the proposal is the museum of the city, do not miss a visit to the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art, which houses a splendid majesty of Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the Mining Museum is a true rarity and then plays in his 700 meters of tunnel, a glimpse of the life of the mine, with working systems, the tools of the miners and local rocks and minerals.
Finally, the quote from Torre del Candeliere, from whose top the look – the clarity of an accomplice – goes over the Gulf of Follonica, until Elba Island. The city is rich, during the year, of numerous events, among which, by long tradition, the Balestro del Girifalco (which takes place the fourth Sunday of May and the second Sunday of August): three “Terzieri” ( City neighborhoods) choose selected shooters who compete for the Palio (canvas painted by famous painters), competing with the crossbow in the Square, between the sound of drums and clarions and the swirl of flags.
We point out in the outskirts of Massa, Lake dell’Accesa significant from a naturalistic and archaeological origin of the karst, it feeds the river Bruna. Close to its shores is located an archaeological site, dating between VII and VI century BC, at the time when the Etruscans were working on-site minerals.
Among the villages we remember Prata, which still retains traces of its origin of a medieval castle, and Valpiana housing as early as the fourteenth century a plant for the manufacture of iron, disposed at the end of the nineteenth century.