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Museums and Parks

Director

Roberta Pieraccioli
Tel: +39 0566 906291 Fax: +39 0566 906296
e-mail: r.pieraccioli@comune.massamarittima.gr.it

 

Massa Marittima boasts a vast network of museums. These museums display artefacts demonstrating the artistic, historical and traditional heritage of the town and its surroundings, grouped into different categories: from prehistoric and Etruscan archaeological finds excavated in the area to the display of working tools used by local miners until not so long ago.

The history of this city in the Colline Metallifere hillside region is inextricably linked to metal extraction and metalworking, to the point where the traditional layout of old mining tunnels has been reproduced in a museum in the old town centre.

The city’s museums also cover contemporary art and religious art, moving on to explore the history of ancient crafts, where we find the old mill and carpenter’s workshop, right up to Lake Accesa’s archaeological district.
Massa’s museums were founded in 1867 and started with one single public museum. Over time, thanks to the large number of finds and donations, certain sections became self-contained while others became so vast as require the construction of new venues. In 2000, the different museums joined forces to create Massa Marittima’s museum network, which includes a dozen or so museums, monuments and public parks.

The city’s museums are also part of the Province’s museum network: visit it here


Parks:
The most important local park is the Tuscan Mining Geopark; this is an area that features the most exceptional archaeological and industrial traces of the area’s mining and metalworking past, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Set up by the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of Land, the park was founded to protect disused industrial sites and mines in order to preserve the historical and cultural roots of a region that based its livelihood on the land’s resources for approximately 3,000 years. To ‘visit’ it, click here.