The province of Massa Carrara is a tranquil gem of Italy's favourite destination, Tuscany. Known for its huge marble mines, famous sculptures, sandy beaches and celebrated cuisine, Massa Carrara has yet to be exploited by the mass tourist market, making it an ideal place to indulge in the best of Italian culture. A self catering villa in Massa Carrara is the perfect base for walking, sunbathing and enjoying the magnificent art of Tuscany.
The towns of Massa Carrara are closely packed, so the treasures of the area are easy to explore from a self catering holiday villa. Massa, the provincial capitol is surrounded by beautiful scenery and long beaches, which remain blissfully uncrowded for much of the year. In the town itself, the fifteenth century Malaspina Castle is a dominating attraction, rivalled only by the Renaissance Ducal Palace in Carrara for beauty and artistic interest.
The marble quarries of Massa Carrara have been the main economic activity in the area for centuries, and the Marble Museum in Carrara details the magnificent history of the region.
Taking a self catering holiday villa in Massa Carrara allows you to enjoy all that is best about Tuscany without the tourist hoards. The magnificent local food and wine makes taking a self catering villa an absolute treat, and to work off your intake of delicacies, the walking or skiing in winter in the Apuane Mountains and foothills is extensive, with breathtaking views across villa filled valleys and the sea.
The best beaches of Massa Carrara lie along the north shore of Tuscany, including Ronchi and Marina di Carrara. Just a few minutes from the beaches are the dramatic forested mountains, where erratic rock formations and staggering peaks provide the ideal place to walk, hike and climb.
A holiday villa in Massa Carrara takes on different characters throughout the year. In the warm summers, they are perfect for lying on the beach or taking a swim, when temperatures are regularly in the mid 30s (°C). Winters see cold weather, with snow falling in the mountains, where skiing is popular. Spring and autumn temperatures of around 20°C mean that walking, hiking and rock climbing, as well as investigating the prestigious art of Massa Carrara are ideal activities.
Flights from the UK land in Pisa (PSA), taking approximately two and a half hours. easyJet and Ryanair offer a good range of cheap flights to Pisa, so there is no excuse not to take a self catering villa in Massa Carrara!