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Make a holiday villa in Massa-Carrara your home away from home

From marble mountains to sandy beaches, medieval squares to nature reserves, Massa-Carrara has an extraordinary diversity of habitats and attractions. The province is situated on the border with Liguria and Emilia Romagna and is named after its two main towns. The area is characterized by its 20 kilometres of gorgeous sandy beaches and the Apuan Alps, a magnificent mountain chain. With wonderful architecture and plenty of outdoor sports and activities, Massa-Carrara is a popular, family-friendly holiday destination.

HomeAway has an exquisite range of holiday villas in Massa-Carrara in all the major areas. Whether visitors want to be close to the beach, mountains or historical towns of Massa and Carrara, there’s a holiday property to suit those needs. Massa-Carrara holiday farmhouses are also available, with spacious grounds, private swimming pools and expansive outdoor terraces. All the properties offer premier comforts with tastefully furnished living rooms and bedrooms.

Things to do

-Historic monuments: The winding, cobblestone streets of Massa’s medieval quarter are a big draw. Two of the town's must-see sights are the cathedral with its history of over 800 years, and the 16th-century Palazzo Ducale of Cybo Malaspina. This was once the residence of Napoleon's sister, Élisa. Carrara also has numerous sites of historic interest with a Romanesque-Gothic cathedral and a 16th-century Ducal Palace.

-Natural attractions: Carrara is known as the “city of marble” for its quarries, such as the working mine at La Piana. These are located in the nearby mountains and some can be visited. They are spectacular sites containing vast deposits of the rock. Marble has been quarried here for approximately 2,000 years.

-Outdoor activities: The hilly and mountainous terrain of the Apuan Alps offers visitors with Massa-Carrara holiday farmhouses ample outdoor activities. There’s hiking and mountain biking in the autumn, spring and summer, and skiing at resorts in Lunigiana during the winter. Massa-Carrara’s Apuan Coast features attractive, wide beach expanses, but tourists may also feel revitalised with a trip to the countryside by Lucca Region, where gorgeous holiday rentals are also available.

-Food and drink: Like many places in Tuscany, Massa-Carrara has its own regional delicacies. Meat-filled tordelli and lasagne intordellate are two typical Massese pasta dishes, and herb cakes filled with cheese, egg and wild vegetables are a local favourite. Spongata is a typical desert. This is a puff-pastry tart containing dried fruit and jam.

Weather in Massa-Carrara

Massa-Carrara has a warm, temperate and sunny climate with mild winters and balmy summers. The Apuan Alps shelters the region from the cold winds of the north. August is the hottest month when the temperature can climb to 28°C. February is the coldest month when the average daily temperature can drop to below freezing.

Travel to Massa-Carrara

The visitor with a holiday villa in Massa-Carrara has a number of options to get to the area. The airport choices include Genua Airport (120 kilometres), Pisa Airport (40 kilometres) and Florence Airport (100 kilometres). There are good rail connections to many major Italian cities and a network of A-roads runs through the province.

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Wonderful! 4.9/5
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Wonderful! 4.9/5
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
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Recent Reviews

Amazing well equipped place - ideal outdoor area

5 of 5
The place is excellent; large and very well set out; you will need a car to get here. The kitchen is amazing, very well equipped we cooked in it every night. The island is perfect for working on your pizza dough and pizza boards great for carrying the pizza to the oven. The dresser contains a book on Italian food, we used this for cooking some excellent local dishes. The place is set up for you sitting outside and my wife and myself enjoyed most evenings in the hot tub watching the stars while waiting for the pizza ovan to finish; top tip is wait until the embers are burnt through, no flames will stop your pizza burning. The table outside the back door is perfect for the morning sun and breakfast. The covered pool, was a little chilli in May but would be perfect in the summer. There are two BBQs and a pizza oven. There is a working SMEG fridge and running water so everything you need for outdoor cooking. The hot tube is kept at 37/38 degrees is was amazing and quickly back up to temp by putting the cover on. There is a well equipped pool house with sun beds and chairs. We didn't spend much time around the pool as we went out each day but if you wanted a holiday next to the pool this is perfect. Back inside and the house is on three levels, downstairs basement has the lounge area with a bathroom and sofa bed, we didn't use this at all but would be a very cool place in the summer or cosy place in the winter. Upstairs are three great bedroom with genuine comfortable beds. The master bedroom is worth going out the doors and round the side of the house to watch the sun set and rise, a truely wonderful site over the Tuscan hills. The two other bedrooms are a great size and all come with AC which we found excellent for getting warmer or cooler very quickly. Recommend: Visit lucca - an excellent city about an hours drive away and a great place to sit and watch people or visit historical Italy without the crowds. The chica terra is close and worth a visit. Make sure you get the 10:30 boat otherwise you won't have enough time to stop and visit all five ports. Lynn and Bill are wonderful hosts and if you need anything before or during your stay just ask them. The wine they supply is very drinkable, white and red would recommend getting a few extra bottles of each from them. Downside: Only one, a long way from Florence; over two hours drive.
  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017

Peaceful, scenic and beautiful taste of Tuscany with views that are amazing!

5 of 5
Thank you Tony and Linda for letting us stay in your beautiful house in Northern Tuscany. We had a very beautiful four nights stay with sunshine and birds singing every day. A car is essential but every journey you see something different from the amazing coastline and beautiful Italian ports to mountains and ancient towns. The roads networks are very good and the views are from the house are incredible - we hope to return very soon. Best wishes Mark & Kerry Eldridge
  • Review Submitted: May 07, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017