Situated in northern Tuscany, close to the Apuan Alps, Massa is the capital of the province of Massa-Carrara. Though not as well-known as its Carrara counterpart, the city is a treasure chest of artistic and architectural gems. According to historical documents, Massa dates to 882 and became a medieval urban centre in the 11th and 12th centuries, while from the 15th to 19th centuries, Massa was the capital of the independent Principate of Massa and Carrara, ruled by the Malaspina and Cybo-Malaspina families.
If you’re in the area for a day, we recommend passing through the city so you can explore its highlights, from architecture to art, spas to nature. We’ve put together a list of some of the best attractions to see in a day.