Walking in the streets of Massa and Carrara, where the noble Cybo – Malaspina dynasty left the unmistakable mark of Renaissance and Baroque art is an exploration in important cultural and historical heritage.
The oldest part of Carrara, celebrated by Dante in his Divine Comedy, includes the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, built entirely in marble, while the Palazzo del Principe Alberico Cybo Malaspina is home to the Academy of Fine Arts.
The Marble Museum and the Centre for Plastic Arts bear witness to the close relationship between the town and its main resource. In the workshops where skilful artisan hands shape masterpieces for artists of international fame, you can see up close the experience of stone that becomes art.
Massa will surprise with its striking Malaspina Castle, which dominates the city from on high atop a rocky hill, the sumptuous Palazzo Ducale, which overlooks the spectacular Piazza Aranci, and the medieval Duomo, expanded and adorned several times over the course of the centuries.
Between the town centre and the marina, in the wonderful setting of the historic Villa La Rinchiostra, a lovely walk focuses on the works of the Massa-born sculptor of international renown Gigi Guadagnucci, donated by the artist to his place of birth. The permanent exhibition is the first step in what will become the house museum dedicated to the maestro.
In nearby Montignoso, on the border with Versilia, Aghinolfi Castle, an ancient fortress that is part of the 1000 “Italian Wonders”, stands guard like a sentinel over an isolated high ground, with views over the coast and the Lago di Porta, a natural protected area a stone’s throw from the sea.
From the height of ancient towers or along the coast, beautiful magical sunsets and the moon are waiting for you.
Fonte: Servizio Turismo Provincia di Massa - Carrara & Unione Comuni Montana Lunigiana