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The city

Massa Marittima is a city of art nestled among the Colline Metallifere (the ‘metal-producing hills’), surrounded by the countryside of the Maremma region, a place which boasts a wealth of historical, environmental and architectural treasures, passed down to us from a prosperous past. From the old medieval district to the Città Nuova (the so-called ‘New City’), visitors can stroll along steep, ancient alleyways that weave through the historic heart of the city and climb till they reach the town’s summit. Here you can easily find picturesque, pretty spots and fabulous views that stretch out over the valley down to the sea. Many of the city’s most important sights are located on the city’s main square: the marvellous Cathedral of Saint Cerbonius, the Town Hall, the Fonti dell’Abbondanza fresh water spring that surrounds the famous fresco dell’Abbondanza and Palazzo del Podestà, the building that houses the archaeological museum.

Climbing up to the Città Nuova district, visitors will come across buildings dating from the 13th century: the monastery of San Pietro all’Orto, with its cloister of St. Augustine, the Torre del Candeliere and the Sienese Fortress. Tourism is becoming the town’s leading industry: aside from its historic buildings, monuments and museums, the city offers sporting activities such as hiking, bicycle tourism and horse riding.

The city is surrounded by the region’s typical flora: from low-lying, dense scrubland, laurel and gorse bushes to holly oaks and arbutus.

Tourists and visitors find the following events, which take place every year in the city, particularly interesting and exciting: the Balestro del Girifalco, the Toscana FotofestivalLirica in Piazza and Calici Sotto le Stelle.