Massa Marittima Travel Guide

  • Look left and the museum is there
    Look left and the museum is there
    by BruceDunning
  • Coat of arms laid out in wall
    Coat of arms laid out in wall
    by BruceDunning
  • Various sculpted pieces on church
    Various sculpted pieces on church
    by BruceDunning

Massa Marittima Things to Do

  • Official Massa Marittima Website

    As mentioned in the intro page, and in many of my tips, NO trip to Tuscany would be complete without stopping into Massa Marittima - if not only for a couple of hours! The official website for the town is listed below - please take the time to have a look through - most of the information has also been translated into English also - so don't worry...

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  • Town Description Information

    This describes some of the things about the town. The town was once more in demand when mining for copper and other minerals in the area. The Abbandanza family controlled a lot of the sector and they got wealthy, obviously. The founding of the city dates back to around 1225 and it was part of strife involving Siena for years. The development of the...

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  • Archeological Museum

    Closed when we were there but worth seeing-I think. It is just ot the left of the main osteria in the square and net to the chiesa.

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  • Walk the walk

    A nice place to take a relaxing walk and do some shopping. The lower part is more active than the upper portion, where the locals live mostly. The town is a nice place to take a casual walk and enjoy the customs as you watch it go by. The town is active with a lot of locals and not many tourists, even though were there off season.

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  • Chiesa Coats of Arms

    On the front of the church are the coats of arms for the families involved in the town's growth and traditions, as well as ornate Baroque and decorative sculptures. They are made of molded concrete, with the mix they used back then; sand, designated clay and limestone.

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  • Close up of Torso Sculpture -...

    This would have to be one of the most incredible sculptures I've ever seen. Done in Bronze, you can see the size of it, with Tim and Imogen standing in front of it. It truly is breathtaking, and it's literally the first thing that grabs your attention once you walk into the main Town Square.I've attached the official Massa Marittima website (in...

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  • The Siennese Arch

    The Siennese Fortress and the Chandelier Tower, are linked together by an arch called the Siennese Arch.Both of these structures are situated near to the Monteregio’s Castle that was later restructured and today is the seat of the Museum of Agricultural Civilization. The Siennese government apparently used this fortress to divide the people of...

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  • Watching the sunset from the top of...

    I have devoted an entire travellogue to the sunset we experienced from Massa Marittima. This is just a taste of what it looked like.At the end of a very big day of walking through all of the tiny narrow backstreets, it was nice to stand at the top of the hill and take in this view.We then drove to Follonica - an awesome seaside city - we will start...

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  • Massa Marittima from a distance...

    For those of you who have driven through Tuscany, you will probably know that there are so many little villages, that after a few days, you think "Oh, we'll just skip this one and see what's around the corner".This is what Massa Marittima looks like from a distance - nothing overly impressive from afar. We'd known absolutely nothing about this...

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  • Frescos on the wall in Town Square

    I can't say enough, how beautiful and truly unique this little Tuscan village is - if you have the means, you should definately make the effort to visit this little treasure. This photo shows detail of Fresco's painted on the exterior wall of one of the buildings in Town Square.

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  • Saint Augustine's Church

    St. Augustine’s Church was built next to the older church of St.Peter, and was originally used as a convent. Construction of this Church was said to have been started in 1299 it wasn't finished until the first half of the 14th century. Some very valuable oil paintings on wood and on canvas are preserved inside this church and also the relic of the...

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  • Some more beautiful artwork in the Town...

    This sculpture also took our breath away - it is very overpowering standing in front of the Cathedral. Massa Marittima is the only Tuscan town we visited with what can only be described as "Historical town meets Modern Day Art"!

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  • Saint Cerbone's Cathedral - Interior

    Inside the cathedral, the main monument is St. Cerbone’s Urn enclosed in a tomb. There is also works of art by Goro di Gregorio, dating back to 1324, which shows on each side of the tomb, episodes of the saint’s life. Also inside the cathedral you are also able to see the Baptismal Font, carved from a single block of travertine and dated 1267. The...

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  • Saint Cerbone's Cathedral - Exterior

    This is probably the best known building of the town of Massa Marittima, and it has recently been announced as an artistic heritage of Europe.It has been enlarged and restructured at different times in history. It was first built in a pre-Romanesque style in the 12th century in order to house the remains of St. Cerbone.

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  • Podesta's Palace

    This place was built around 1225, and the outside of the building shows the mayoral coats of arms of Massa, Siena and of some of the captains and Podestas who had been governing in this beautiful little village at the time.Today the Palace houses the Archaeological Museum and the Art Gallery of Massa Marittima.

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Massa Marittima Restaurants

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    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2007

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    We waited for 1 hour to get in and then it happened--NO sidere-sitting down-The proprietor was disturbed when after about 10 peopel sat down-he had more coming in. SOOO-he started to shove and talk in stern tone not to sit anywhere and leave the restaurant. NO reason and no excuse. I don't get it, but will not go again. How about you. It is recommended by some as a place to go for good meal.

    Favorite Dish: Could not find out

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Massa Marittima Off The Beaten Path

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    by BruceDunning Written Sep 23, 2007

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    Local flovor with bar in piazza, machelleria, frutte compro, hardware store. Only 1,000 people, and end of town mostly closed.

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    Massa Marittima - The steps of the cathedral

    by Sarita76 Written Mar 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The cathedral dates back to the XIIIth century and contains a Romanesque font (1267 with a cover of 1447) and a Gothic reliquary (1324) of the saint Cerbone, to whom the cathedral is dedicated.

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