Places to Visit
Approximately 7 km from Camping Souvenir, Massa is a delightful town situated in the Tuscan heights with approximately 70,000 inhabitants.
Its origins date back to pre-Roman times, and the first Liguri-Apuan settlements emerged along the Frigido river.
It was in its full splendor when it was the capital of the Duchy of Massa and Carrara. Annexed during the Napoleonic rule to the Principality of Lucca and Piombino, in 1829 the city was passed on to the dukes of Modena, the Eastern-Austrian family.
In 1859 it united with the Kingdom of Sardinia; with the Union of Italy Massa was initially united to the Emilia region and finally annexed to the territory of the Tuscany region.
Must-sees: Piazza Aranci and the Palazzo Ducale, the castle Malaspina, Piazza Mercurio, the Duomo and the historical centre in general.
If you spend your holiday in Tuscany, in Marina di Massa, you absolutely must try some of the typical dishes of the massese cuisine: i tordelli massesi (meat ravioli), il baccalà marinato (marinated cod), il galletto con le barbe (a native vegetable), and the torta di riso (rice tart).
The Apuan hills of Massa also produce excellent Vermentino-based wines.
Approximately 10 km from the Campground, Carrara is situated in the Tuscan heights with approximately 60,000 inhabitants, and it is considered the world capital of Marble extraction; the white marbles of Carrara are absolutely the most prestigious in the world.
The first settlements date back to the 9th Century B.C. when the territory was occupied by the Liguri-Apuan, then during Roman Times other settlements emerges due to the extraction activities.
Among the typical dishes of the carrarese cuisine are: the taglierini nei fagioli (noodles with beans), il baccalà marinato (marinated cod), i muscoli ripieni (stuffed muscles), il lardo di Colonnata (Colonnata lard) and the torta di riso (rice tart).
Among the wines you can savour the Vermentini wines of the nearby Luni Hills.
During Medieval Times the city was under complete Byzantine and Longobardian possession, after which it was under the possession of the Bishops of Luni, and a state-city in the early 13th Century; in 1230 it was once again unde the possession of the Bishops and as of 1313 it belonged, respectively, to the Republic of Pisa, of Lucca, of Florence and finally it fell under the possession of the Bishops of Milan; upon the death of Filippo Maria Visconti di Milano (1477), disputed between the Lords of Sarzana and of Malaspina, it was passed on to the latter who united it to the Massa estate, giving life to the Massa Carrara Duchy; then it was passed on to the Duchy of Modena and Reggio, and after the of Napoleonic domination ended it was returned. In the 19th Century Carrara became the heart of anarchism.
Must-sees: Piazza Alberica, the Duomo, a great example of Gothic architecture, l’Accademia di Belle Arti (the Academy of Fine Arts), the historical centre in general and of course the marble caves.
Famous all over the world if the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) where the leaning Tower stands in all its majesty, in the same vast area as the Duomo and the Battistero. Pisa is one of the ancient Maritime Republics, and today a city of approximately 92,000 inhabitants, and the fifth municipality of Tuscany; a university city with a high reputation, with three schools specializing predominantly in sciences: the University of Pisa, the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Must-sees: the Tower of Pisa, the Duomo, the Battistero, the Monumental Cemetery, the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the Palazzo dell’Orologio (clock building), Borgo Stretto and its medieval archways, and the church of Santa Maria della Spina, a significant example of Italian Gothic architecture.
Pisa is approximately 50 km from Camping Souvenir in Marina di Massa.
About 30 Km from Marina di Massa, Lucca especially known for its imposing sixteenth-century walls inside which there is a surprisingly well preserved historical architectural heritage, an important group of churches, squares and monuments of different ages and styles of remarkable value.
Such an important asset that has recently been proposed to include the Walls of Lucca in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Lucca is also a town open to creativity and sociability important events find expression within its walls including the now famous Lucca Comics & Games, a must for fans of comics, animation, illustration and game.
Florence is one of the main Art Cities of Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered the birth place of the Renaissance. The city reached its full splendor during the Medici rule, and lots of the artistic and architectural heritage that has rendered this city unique in the world is greatly due to the Medici’s.
Florence is also an influential university centre.
Must-sees: the church of Santa Maria Novella, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with the majestic cupola of Brunelleschi, the basilica of Santa Croce where famous celebrities are buried the likes of Niccolò Macchiavelli, Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo Galilei, Enrico Fermi, Leon Battista Alberti, Ugo Foscolo and many others.
Palazzo Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria in front, the museum of Uffizi where you can contemplate many international painting works of arts of various periods, and naturally Ponte Vecchio with its ancient goldsmith shops; and you still have the Boboli Gardens, and at the heights of the city the Michelangelo Square.
If you spend your holiday in Tuscany you absolutely cannot miss visiting this city; Florence is approximately 140 Km from Camping Souvenir and Marina di Massa.