Among the places to visit during your holidays in Tuscany, Camping Luna offers you some locations in the immediate proximity of the Camping and of Marina di Massa, or rather the towns of Massa and Carrara, as well as cities of art of Tuscany: Pisa, Lucca, Firenze, Siena, which are easily and quickly accessible by train or by car from our Camping in tuscany.
Surrounded to the north-east by the imposing Apuan Alps mountains and to the south-west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, Massa is a Tuscany town, which has just under 70,000 inhabitants.
During its long history, the town was disputed between different families and towns and it knows its peak under the leadership of the Cybo-Malaspina.
The heart of the historical center, Piazza Aranci, recently restored and closed to traffic. In the majestic Palazzo Ducale overlooking the Square there is, below the vast Carrara’s marble colonnade, a Grotesque depicting Neptune.
From Piazza Aranci, a pleasant walk leads to La Rocca, on top of which stands the majestic Malaspina Castle overlooking the entire city.
In summer, the castle houses some events including wine Spino Fiorito festival.
Numerous are the bars and restaurants scattered along the narrow streets of the center where you can taste the typical dishes of Massa: tordelli with meat sauce, lasagne tordellate, marinated codfish, rabbit alla cacciatora,, the cockerel with beards; dishes that match perfectly with the white wines of Candia Apuan Hills or the more Tuscan red wines; and finally, to delight the palate softly: rice cake.
Carrara is known around the world for its fine white marble that is extracted from the mountains of the Apuan Alps at the foot of which the city rise up.
Carrara of millennial quarrymen, imposing and strong; Carrara of sculptors: Pietro Tacca, Michelangelo, Donatello; Carrara of anarchists; Carrara cosmopolitan: borderland, anchored in Tuscany, stretches out his hand to Emilia Romagna and Liguria.
The town, located at the foot of the Apuan Alps, is about 10 km far from the sea; from the impressive Piazza Alberica, along one of the characteristics streets you can reach the Cathedral of St. Andrew, a fine example of Romanesque-Gothic style architecture dating back to the eleventh century.
Going forward along the narrow streets leads to another important city square, Piazza d’Armi, now Piazza Gramsci, overlooked by the majestic fortified Palazzo Cybo-Malaspina, home of the prestigious and historic Academy of Fine Arts.
Moving slightly to the south suburbs you will reach Piazza Matteotti where stands the majestic Palazzo Politeama, historic home of the city’s theater and Germinal (home of Anarchists Carrara).
Some typical restaurants, in the evening offer appetizing menus with dishes such as lard, the noodles with beans, tripe, stockfish, polenta incatenata; all accompanied by a good Tuscan red wine or a Vermentino Colli di Luni; and, in the end, the sublime rice cake.
Pisa, which is about 40 km far from the Camping in Marina di Massa, is worldwide famous for its Piazza del Duomo, better known as Piazza dei Miracoli where, in addition to the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery, there’s the famous leaning Tower.
To remember, finally, the archaeological site of the Ancient Ships of Pisa in San Rossore, a priceless heritage consisting of old cargo ships sunk in different periods with their loads. But also Palazzo dei Cavalieri, home of the prestigious Normal University of Pisa.
Lucca, is characterized by the impressive walls over 4000 meters long and perfectly preserved.
Within the city there are many important architectural works of art. Among the churches, the Duomo, in Romanesque-Gothic style, is the most important; and then palaces, villas and gardens.
For several years Lucca hosts a major event, Lucca Comics, now a popular festival dedicated to comics, animation films and video games.
Firenze, capital of Tuscany, is UNESCO World Heritage Site for its priceless and precious beauties.
Universally recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance boasts several important monuments including churches, palaces, cemeteries, villas and gardens: the Duomo with its gorgeous dome by Brunelleschi, Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo Pitti, with the charming Boboli Gardens, Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo and of course the Uffizi, one of the most important museums in the world in which you can admire many works of art such as those of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Tiziano and Leonardo.
Siena is more distant than the other cities of art of Tuscany from the Camping and from Marina di Massa; it’s known for the famous Piazza del Campo and the Palio, a sports competition between rival districts of medieval origin.
On the immense square with the characteristic fan shape, face numerous palaces of historical importance, the most important of which is the Public Palace and the Tower of Mangia; inside the Palace are preserved frescoes of the cycle “L’Allegoria del buono e del cattivo governo” (“The Allegory of the good and Bad Government”) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Many other are the important buildings, between them we remember the Duomo, a fine example of Gothic Tuscan.