Massa - la Rocca

Massa by mountain bike

A trip through mountains and cities

Massa Carrara Tourist Information Office

PLACES
Piazza Aranci a Massa (50 m)– San Carlo Terme (500 m)– Tombara – Volpaia
– Santa Croce (Montignoso) – Pasquilio Montignoso (840 m) – Canalacci
– Cà di Cecco – San Carlo Terme - P.zza Aranci a Massa

ROUTE
Length: 40 km (ring itinerary)
Duration: 3 hours
Height difference: 700 m
Elevation: min 50, max 840
Road: paved and dirt
Bike: mountain bike
Difficulty: average

DESCRIPTION
From Piazza Aranci, take via Dante, turn left on via Zoppi, then right in Piazza Santa Settimana. Follow the signs for San Carlo Terme until reaching the piazza of the same name after 3 km of paved road. Follow the road until reaching the small locality of Tombara. After another 3 km of paved road you will reach a turn with a fountain on the right. Turn left on via Volpara (dirt road).

After 2 km, you will find another dirt road; take the steep path up to the top where you will turn right onto the paved road. Follow the road down 150 m and turn left on a single track. After 1.5 km, take the steep right hand turn that leads to the paved road. After the right turn, go down towards Pasquilio di Montignoso. Once in the small locality of Termo, go left on a white paved road until the small locality of Canalacci; keep going until you reach Ca’ di Cecco and San Carlo Terme, where you will then make your way back to Massa.

WHAT TO SEE
Massa: Piazza Aranci will be your introduction to the city, on the east side you’ll find Palazzo Ducale which now hosts the offices of the province and prefettura. The Saint Francesco and Pietro cathedral is on via Dante. Behind Piazza Mercurio, via Piastronata leads up to the Carmine church and the Malaspina castle.  San Carlo Terme: thermal spas noted for therapeutic properties  Pasquilio Montignoso: monument of the Gothic Line

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