Considered one of the most beautiful of the medieval cities in Tuscany, Massa Marittima is located in the metalliferous hills about twenty kilometres from the coast. Massa Marittima has a glorious and ancient history linked to its powerful 11th century political society, which minted its own currency.
Today it is an important tourist destination and its historic centre, where we find many noteworthy buildings, is certainly worth a visit. The most important square is Piazza Garibaldi, overlooked by the Cathedral of San Cerbone, the Palazzo del Podestà (seat of the city archaeological museum where the anthropomorphic stele is located), the Palazzo dei Conti di Biserno and the Palazzo Comunale. Another important square is Piazza Mazzini, where the Fonte dell’Abbondanza and its famous fresco are found. Nearby we also find the Torre dell’Orologio (Torre del Candeliere). This area is also famous for its beautiful views.
Outside the town, the Mine Museum deserves a mention. An ancient travertine quarry, it allows you to relive the experience of miners with over 700 meters of underground paths.
In Massa Marittima you’ll also find one of the entrances to the Parco delle Colline Metallifere Grossetane, a very large multi-thematic park that covers seven municipalities and which is recognized by Unesco.
Massa Marittima is also well known for its produce and the rich food and wine that can be tasted in the numerous restaurants in the historic centre. Above all, the DOC Monteregio di Massa Marittima wine deserves a special mention, to be tried in the white, red and rosé varieties. Additionally, an excellent oil and some characteristic sweets can also be found in the area. Linked to oil is the Antico Frantoio. Purchased by the municipality of Massa Marittima in the 1990s and dating back to 1700, it is now open to the public.
As for events, the most famous is certainly the Balestro del Girifalco, which takes place every year in May and is repeated in August. It is an ancient local festival in period costumes in which local archers compete in crossbow shooting.
In the surroundings of Massa Marittima, we also recommend Roccastrada and its hamlet Montemassi, and the town of Montieri.