Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

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Welcome to Italy in Photos and an immersive visual journey through the enchanting town of Massa: – Massa is a town in the Tuscany region of Italy, situated in a valley surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Ligurian Sea. It has a rich and varied history, dating back to the 9th century, when it was first mentioned as a settlement of the bishops of Luni. Over the centuries, it passed through the hands of different rulers, such as the Malaspina family, the Medici dynasty, and the Duchy of Modena. It became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1859, and later of the unified Italy. It is a town that offers a lot of attractions for visitors, both natural and cultural. It is famous for its marble quarries, which have been exploited since ancient times and have produced some of the finest sculptures and buildings in the world. The marble industry is still active today, and you can visit the Fantiscritti Quarry Museum to learn more about its history and techniques. You can also admire the beauty of the Apuan Alps, which are a natural park with stunning landscapes, flora and fauna. You can hike, bike, or ski on the slopes, or explore the caves and waterfalls that dot the area. Massa is also a town that boasts a remarkable artistic and architectural heritage, especially from the medieval and Renaissance periods. You can visit the Malaspina Castle, which was built in the 15th century and offers a panoramic view of the town and the sea. You can also see the Massa Cathedral, which dates to the 15th century and has a Gothic-Romanesque style. The cathedral contains several artworks, such as a wooden crucifix by Jacopo della Quercia and a marble pulpit by Pietro di Niccolò. Another interesting site is the Piazza Aranci, which is the main square of the town and hosts the Palazzo Ducale, the former residence of the rulers of Massa and Carrara. The palace has a Baroque facade and a beautiful garden with fountains and statues. Massa is a town that combines the charm of the past with the vitality of the present. It has a lively and friendly atmosphere, with many events, festivals, and markets throughout the year. It also has a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, where you can taste the local cuisine and products, such as the lardo di Colonnata, a cured pork fat seasoned with herbs and spices, or the candied chestnuts, a typical dessert of the area. Massa is a town that will surprise you with its diversity and beauty, and make you feel welcome and at home.

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Photo Gallery of Walk- Via Prado to Via Mario Bigini
Approximately 2.49 km – 1.55 miles

The walk starts in Via Prado – Via Aurelia – Via Prado – Piazza Martana – Via Beatrice – Piazza Mercurio – Via Gerolamo Guidoni – Piazza Aranci – Via Dante Alighieri – Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Francesco – Walk back along Via Dante Alighieri to Piazza Aranci – Via Francesco Petrarca – Piazza del Teatro – Viale Eugenio Chiesa – Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi – Walk back along Viale Eugenio Chiesa to Piazza del Teatro – Via Francesco Petrarca – Via Alberica – Via Mario Bigini