Massa Marittima is an excellent example of Middle Age town-museum. A lot of impressive constructions of the XII -XIV centuries have been retained in this town. Massa Marittima was founded by the Etruscans and gained its prosperity in the XI century.
Massa Marittima is remarkable for its layout. The upper town, Citta Nuova, was founded on top of a hill. It consists mostly of medieval defensive constructions. The vallum had three entrance gates, which have been preserved until now. The gates of Torre del Candeliere are especially noteworthy. The museum, established at an oil pressing factory, and two tiny chapels, decorated with frescoes, are among the attractions of the inner upper town.
The lower town, Cita Vecchia, has fulfilled administrative functions for a long time. The triangle square of Garibaldi, densely built up, is located in its center. The pisan style Cathedral, the Commune Balcony, the Palace of the Commune and the Bishop Palace dominate here. Corso della Liberta street branches of the square. There are a lot of Renaissance style palaces nearby. The Palace of the Invited City Chancellor (Palazzo Podesta) is one of the most beautiful among them. Today it houses the Archaeological Museum. The museum of sacral art is located at the building of the former San Petro Church.
Massa Marittima is situated in a hilly area. There is a mountain chain close to the town, which has been used for copper and silver extraction for a long time. Today, about 700 meters of drawn adits form the Mining Museum.
There are plenty of options for accommodation rental in the town and on its outskirts. Yet, you can face up some difficulties finding it in May and August because of the historic event, competition of arbalisters (Balestro del Girifalco), held in the town. No doubt, your unforgettable memories of this costumed feast will make up for your time, spent to find accommodation.
The Crossbow Competition in Massa Marittima
The crossbow competition in Massa Marittima is one of the brightest, most unforgettable events which revive the history of Tuscany. The Italian name for the holiday is â€śBalestro del Girifalcoâ€ť.