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Massa is a town and comune in Tuscany, central Italy, the administrative centre of the province of Massa and Carrara. It is located in the Frigido River Valley, near the Alpi Apuane, 5km from the Tyrrhenian Sea.HistoryMassa is mentioned for the first time in the Tabula Peutingeriana, a 2nd-4th century AD itinerary, with the name ad Tabernas frigidas, referring perhaps to a stage on the Via Aemilia Scauri consular road from Pisa to Luni.From the 15th to the 19th century, Massa was the capital of the independent Principate (later Duchy) of Massa and Carrara, ruled by the Malaspina and Cybo-Malaspina families. Massa is the first recorded town in Europe in which the magnetic needle compass was used in mines to map them and determine the extent of various mine owners' properties.In 1829 the states were inherited by Francis IV, Duke of Modena. In 1859, during the unification of Italy process, it joined the Kingdom of Sardinia.GeographyLocated in south of the province, near the borders with the Province of Lucca, Massa is a coastal town by the Tyrrhenian Sea. The municipality borders with Carrara, Fivizzano, Minucciano (LU), Montignoso, Seravezza (LU), Stazzema (LU) and Vagli Sotto (LU).In the build up to your vacation in Massa, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Italy trip itinerary maker website.
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$62 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Guided Tour with Transfers Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Guided Tour with Transfers
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
$177 BOOK WITH VIATOR Half-Day San Miniato Truffle Hunt With Lunch Half-Day San Miniato Truffle Hunt With Lunch
Duration: 3 hours
$84 BOOK WITH VIATOR Parmigiano cheese and Parma ham Tour Parmigiano cheese and Parma ham Tour
Duration: 5 hours
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Duration: 2 hours
$26 BOOK WITH VIATOR Bolgheri: "CLASSIC" Winery Tour with Wine Tasting Bolgheri: "CLASSIC" Winery Tour with Wine Tasting
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
$386 BOOK WITH VIATOR Discover Parma foods with Laura Discover Parma foods with Laura
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
$31 BOOK WITH VIATOR Pisa all inclusive: Baptistery, Cathedral and Leaning Tower guided tour Pisa all inclusive: Baptistery, Cathedral and Leaning Tower guided tour
Duration: 90 to 150 minutes
$119 BOOK WITH VIATOR Parma Food Valley Gourmet Private Tour Easy Parma Food Valley Gourmet Private Tour Easy
Duration: 4 hours
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