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The province of Massa-Carrara

Massa-Carrara is the very northern province of Tuscany. The two capitals located only a few kilometers away from each other gave the province its name. Art experts pay deference to this land, as it is the place where the famous marble is extracted. The  magnificence of the stone can be compared to the magnificence of sculptures made of it. The marble is exported through the Marina di CarraraPort constructed specifically for this purpose. The Marble Museum of Carraraexhibits the whole variety of stone extracted from the Apuan Alps. The stone pits themselves are a part of the Apuan Park.

Massais the second capital of the province. There are two main attractions in the city, Piazza degli Aranci, the square in the historic center of the city, and the medievalcastle, which today houses an exhibition center.

Marina di Massa  is a resort located only 5 kilometers away from the capitals, at the foot of the Frigia mountain chain. The neighborhood of the sea and pine mountain woods  creates healthy air. Wide sandy beaches and balneal centers are at your service here.

Pontremoli  is a historical center located in the northern part of Massa-Carrara. Its Archaeological museum, Museo Civico Archeologico, gives a unique opportunity to observe stele statues made of sandstone around 2000 b.c.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.