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Italy in Photos

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

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.

Via Prado is a street in Massa which runs from Viale Risorgimento to Piazza Martana. (Photos 1-2-3-4-5-38) – Piazza Martana is a square in the city of Massa. It is named after the church of San Martino, which was built in the 12th century and later renovated in the 18th century. The square is also known for its underground air-raid shelter, which was used by the citizens of Massa during the Second World War to protect themselves from the bombings. The shelter is now open to the public and can be visited with guided tours. (Photo 6) – Via Prado is a street in Massa which runs from Piazza Martana to Piazza Mercurio. (Photos 7-8) – Piazza Mercurio is a historic square in the city of Massa. It is named after the Roman god Mercury, whose statue stands on a marble column in the centre of the fountain. The square is home to the Chiesa di San Giovanni Decollato which is a Catholic church in Massa, dedicated to John the Baptist. It was built between 1639 and 1641 by the first abbot of Massa, Andrea Tacca, with the support of Francesco Cybo, the son of Carlo I Cybo. The church has a baroque facade and a single nave with side chapels. The main altar features a painting of Madonna with Saints Anthony and Albert by Domenico Fiasella. (Photos 9-10-11-12-13) – Piazza Aranci is a historic and lively square in the city of Massa. It is named after the orange trees that were planted in the early 19th century by Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon’s niece. The square is home to the Palazzo Ducale, a magnificent palace that was built by the Cybo-Malaspina family in the 16th century. The palace has a baroque facade, a fountain with a statue of Neptune, and a ducal chapel with frescoes. The square also hosts city festivals, such as the Quintana Cybea, a medieval jousting tournament that takes place on the first Saturday of August. (Photos 14-15-16-17-18-19) – Via Dante Alighieri is a street in Massa which runs from Piazza Aranci to Via Zoppi. (Photos 20-26) – Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Francesco, also known as the Duomo di Massa, is the most important Catholic church in Massa, the mother church of the diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli. It is a national monument of Italy. The cathedral was built in the 15th century on the ruins of the previous convent of San Francesco and was consecrated in 13892. It became the cathedral only in the early 19th century, when the old cathedral of Massa, located in Piazza Aranci, was demolished by Elisa Baciocchi, the sister of Napoleon and the governor of the Republic of Lucca. The cathedral underwent a major renovation in the 17th century, led by Alberico II Cybo-Malaspina and his brother Cardinal Alderano. The architects Giovanni Francesco Bergamini and Alessandro Bergamini designed the presbytery area, the main altar, the two altars of the transept, and the marble coating of the walls and floor. The main altar is a splendid example of baroque art, with a painting of the Assumption of the Virgin by Domenico Fiasella. (Photos 22-23-24-25) – Via Agostino Ghirlanda is a street in Massa which runs from Via Mura Sud to Via Porta Fabbrica. (Photo 27) – Piazza del Teatro is a square in the city of Massa. It is in the historical center of the city, near the Cathedral of Massa. The square is named after the Teatro Guglielmi, a theatre that was inaugurated in 1886 and dedicated to Pier Alessandro Guglielmi, a famous composer from Massa. The theater hosts various cultural events, such as opera, ballet, musicals, and concerts. Piazza del Teatro is a place where you can enjoy the artistic and historical heritage of Massa. (Photo 28) – Viale Eugenio Chiesa is a street in Massa which runs from Piazza del Teatro to Viale Roma. (Photos 29-30-31-32) – Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi is a small square in Massa with a statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi in the centre and can be found along Viale Eugenio Chiesa (Photo 33) – Via Alberica is a street in Massa which runs from Piazza Aranci to Piazza Martana. (Photos 34-37) – Via del Mercato is a street in Massa which runs from Via Vincenzo Giudice to Via Alberica. (Photos 35-36) – Via Mario Bigini is a street in Massa which runs from Piazza Martana to Piazza Mercurio. (Photos 39-40)

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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