how to get there
BY MOTORWAY: From Genova motorway A12 to the South and exit Viareggio;
from Milano motorway A1 and A15 up to La Spezia and then A12 to the South and exit Viareggio;
from Firenze motorway A11 up to Lucca and then the link-road to Viareggio and exit Massarosa;
from Roma motorway A1 up to Firenze, then the A11 and exit Viareggio. From the exit Viareggio go on towards Massarosa.
BY TRAIN: Massarosa station on the line Viareggio – Lucca. Time tables on the web site www.trenitalia.it
BY AIRPLANE: Pisa airport “Galilei” (about 30 Km far)
BY BUS: CLAP, line Viareggio – Lucca
WEEKLY MARKET: Mondays
Massarosa, with 20.000 inhabitants, embraces small industrial and artisan centres on the plain, linked by the Via Sarzanese, and historical centres on the hills situated within the landscape between the Apuane and the Massaciuccoli Lake. This is an area suited for people who want to cycle, walk and also ride or enjoy a peaceful holiday at a few minutes from Versilia beaches.
It is not a case that noble families from Lucca had chosen it to built beautiful villas among which Villa Baldini in Campignano (where Paolina Bonaparte lived) and Villa Giorgini in Massarosa (that was the home of Manzoni) or Villa Ginori in Quiesa, well known for lotus growing.
Massarosa has Longobard origins even if there have been found remains of Roman and Etruscan settlings and is connected with olive oil production.
The chief town has no artistic attractions, but in the area around there are little “jewels” such as S. Martino romanic Church, in Bargecchia, that is famous for its four bells.
It is told that also Puccini came to listen to their melody (faithfully played at the end of the first act of the Tosca). In the summer there is the manifestation “Puccini and the bells”. Moving to Corsanico, that according to the legend was founded by Saracen pirates, one enters San Michele Arcangelo’s Church famous for its organ made by the Venetian Colonna (1606) whose keyboard have been played by organists of great renown during the concert summer season.
Speaking about summer concerts, it is not possible to forget the concert that takes place in Pieve a Elici in San Pantaleone romanic parish, one of the five romanic parishes of Versilia.