10 Things to Do in Province of Massa Carrara That You Shouldn't Miss

July 21, 2017 Brandee Mangan

The Province of Massa-Carrara (Italian: Provincia di Massa-Carrara) is a province in the Tuscany region of central Italy. It is named after the two main towns in its territory: Carrara and Massa, its capital.
Restaurants in Province of Massa Carrara

1. Orto Botanico delle Alpi Apuane - Pietro Pellegrini

Via dei Colli | Pian della Fioba, 54100, Massa, Italy +39 338 995 2268
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5 based on 196 reviews

Orto Botanico delle Alpi Apuane - Pietro Pellegrini

The Botanical Garden was established in 1966 to conserve and enhance the flora of the Apuan Alps. It belongs to Massa Municipality and it’s actually managed with “Aquilegia” Natura e Paesaggio Apuano (non-profit organization) and University of Pisa. It’s located in the heart of the Regional Parlk of the Apuan Alps, in a panoramic place between the Mountains and the sea, and inside it’s possible to admire many endemic species like “Apuan Alps’ little Widow” (Globularia incanescens Viv.), symbol of the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is open every days from mid-May to mid-Septemper. Opening hours: 9.00 – 13.00 and 15.00-19.00. In other periods: opening for the spring’s festivities and on request for organized groups and aschools

Reviewed By melrock - Tuscany, Italy

Friendly guides, breath-taking views, best to go in June when all of the flowers are in bloom. All the same, we could only go in September and enjoyed it all the same. Open summer only. Requires medium-level agility to complete path.

2. Cantine Lunae

Via Palvotrisia 2, 19034 Colombiera-Molicciara, Italy +39 0187 693483
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Cantine Lunae

Reviewed By FredrikHenry - Sweden

Very nice rustic and elegant cantine. Professional staff speaking several languages and very helpful. Bosoni produces the best vermentino in Italy and sells it to a good price too. If you buy boxes, 6 or 12 bottles, you get a big discount. You can also fill your own bottle at a price of approx. €2 per litre. Also the red wines are perfect, try Nicolo V Riserva.

3. Museo Delle Statue Stele Lunigianesi

Castello Del Piagnaro, Pontremoli, 54027, Pontremoli, Italy +39 0187 831439
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4.5 based on 178 reviews

Museo Delle Statue Stele Lunigianesi

Reviewed By Size12 - Lancs Uk

Interesting museum but lack of alternative languages to italian made it difficult for us to get the most from it. Worth a look to see the steles and visit the castle after. Could have done with a bar nearby in the heat so take drinks!

4. Borgo di Filetto

Borgo Medioevale Di Pianura, Villafranca in Lunigiana, Italy
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Borgo di Filetto

Reviewed By Wendy119186363 - Reading, United Kingdom

The town is walking distance form Villa France or vice versa if you want to avoid driving and parking although this is not an issue in ether town unless you visit when the ferragosta is happening (25 August) in Filetto.
The town is small but a beautiful place and great to photograph. I would recommend. The bar del Borgo Enoteca is well worth a vist too.

5. Marble Caves of Carrara

Viale Xx Settembre, 54033, Carrara, Italy +39 328 018 9464
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4.5 based on 393 reviews

Marble Caves of Carrara

Famous for their white marble, these caves in the Apua Mountains serve as studios of stone sculpting and bronze art, where famous artists and sculptors from all over the world come to work.

Reviewed By Teddy C - Switzerland

The first time you see the Mountains above Carrara, it takes your breath away. The white "wounds" where the marble has been cut away, are bigger than life. The courage of the workers, driving their big trucks up nearly vertical slopes, the landslides of marble chips thrown down the mountain. It's all too exciting. To think that Michelangelo took his marble from these quarries with ox-drawn carts, and even had to have a bridge built over a gorge, in order to get his marble down to sea level, just amazes everybody. Take your camera.

6. Grotte di Equi

Via Buca 9 | Equi Terme, 54013 Equi Terme, Italy +39 338 581 4482
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

Grotte di Equi

The Geo-Archeo Park, near Equi Terme in the territory of the Comune of Fivizzano, on the Lunigiana slopes of the Apuan Alps Regional Park (Tuscany), is a complex of sites of great naturalistic, geological, paleontological, and archaeological interest, comprising the Grotte cave system and museum, the Tecchia prehistoric rock shelter and related archaeological exhibition and the open-air geo-nature trails. The Grotte The fascinating Grotte di Equi caves complex is an extensive underground karst system modelled over the millennia by water, which as it penetrated fractures in the rock formed cavities, tunnels, halls, stalactites, stalagmites, and enchanting underground lakes. The outfitted cave tour itinerary begins in the Buca, the 'fossil' portion of the complex, known since the 1700s, and continues into the splendid 'living' Grotte with their active formations, discovered in 1985. An underground Torrent runs through the Equi caves and surfaces near the entrance, as the 'Buca' karst spring, before running into the Fagli stream. Next door to the reception centre is the exhibition centre, with information panels, audio-visual presentations, and a faithful reconstruction of the prehistoric cave-bear. The Geo-Nature Trails Outside the caves, the geo-nature trails offer a unique opportunity to study the protected flora of the Apuan Alps. Among the geological features along the trails are the Buca and Barilla karst Springs and, visible in bird's-eye perspective from a suspended bridge, the Buca dei Serpi, a 'giant's kettle', a peculiar surface formation created by the erosive action of stones carried by turbulent water. The inaccessible vertical rock faces characteristic of the area offer an ideal nesting habitat for many species of birds of considerable naturalistic interest, while the caves provide shelter for several species of bats that hibernate there during the winter and, in summer, sleep away the hot daylight hours. The Tecchia and the Archaeological Exhibition One of the principal attractions in the Geo-Archeo Park area is the Tecchia di Equi, an internationally-renowned archaeological/paleontological site comprising a vast outer 'plaza' called the Riparo, and a cave-shelter that extends about 30 metres back into the rock face. The Tecchia is known above all for the great quantity of bones of now-extinct animals typical of a dynamic glacial/temperate climate and in particular of the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus). The excavations, begun in 1911, have also brought to light evidence of human use in the Middle Palaeolithic, the Copper Age, the Bronze Age and even in medieval times. The long history of the Tecchia and of the excavations, now open to the public, is recounted in the archaeological exhibition at the site, where many finds relating to the cave bear and human artefacts, including very recent discoveries, are on display.

Reviewed By Alexandra72 - North Lancashire

A well informed guided tour with multi lingual guide whose ability to take groups and converse in one's mother tongue. Hard helmets provided , robust sandals recommended and a welcome respite from the searing heat on a hot august afternoon. Kids thoroughly enjoyed tour especially having to 'lead' our group. Surprisingly scenic viewing platforms midway up the Equi Terme cliffs at the exterior of the grotto. Suggest those with mobility issues best sit outside grotto! Interesting small museum with large grizzly bear at hand.

7. Castle dell'Aquila

Via Castel Dell Aquila 1, 54013 Gragnola, Fivizzano, Italy +39 0585 99157
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Castle dell'Aquila

Reviewed By Ruth L - Sydney, Australia

My husband and I stayed at the Castle with Gabriella. What an amazing place, the rooms are fantastic and we enjoyed an evening meal with Gabriella and Merion. Travelling to Gragnola in June this year and will be staying at the Castle again only for a few more nights this time. Cannot express what a wonderful experience it was to stay at the Castle and what a gracious host Gabriella is. I am glad to read that Luni (the dog) is still at the castle too.

8. Castello Malaspina di Fosdinovo

Via Papiriana 2, 54035, Fosdinovo, Italy +39 0187 68891
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Castello Malaspina di Fosdinovo

The Castle, a feud of the branches of the Malaspina del Ramo Fiorito holdings from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, is of great importance historically, and above all, architecturally. The construction of the massive fortress, which merges with the underlying sandstone rock so the whole structure seems carved in stone, began in the second half of the twelfth century.

Reviewed By Roesmetravel E - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We actually stayed in the B&B rooms of this working castle/museum and it was fabulous. Views, history, village below. Ability to have free run of the castle with keys to unlock doors etc.... We explored at night with torches. Very very special

9. Powerslave Cafe

Via Antonio Gramsci 1/3, 19034 Ortonovo, Italy +39 339 821 1755
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Powerslave Cafe

Reviewed By Giamma65 - La Spezia, Italy

Il pub è accogliente e pieno zeppo di ogni immagine american style su pareti e soffitti. Buona scelta delle birre, ottime le patate fritte, peccato che metà degli spazi interni del locale (forse anche qualcosa in più), sia riservata a chi fuma. Un tuffo nel passato di quando ancora si usciva da un locale e si sapeva di sigaretta.

10. Sigeric Servizi per il Turismo

54023, Filattiera, Italy
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Sigeric Servizi per il Turismo

We offer guided tours and outdoor activities for single travellers, families and small groups in Lunigiana, Apennines National Park, Apuan Alps and Carrara marble quarries, Gulf of the Poets and the Cinque Terre, both shared or private tours. Art&History, Food&Wine, Walking& hiking, E-Bike Tours, Canyoning and Climbing. E-bike rental also available.

Reviewed By Mish1703 - Arequipa, Peru

The Stretti di Giaredo is a spectacular canyon along the river Gordana, located in Lunigiana, Northern Tuscany. We only discovered this beautiful place after some internet research and the helpful staff at Sigeric tourism - otherwise there was no marketing about this area which is so close to Cinque Terre in the region! We were thrilled to discover that it was easily accessible from the Cinque Terre region where we were staying, and that we could commence the tour by jumping on a train in La Spezia which only was a 30 minute ride towards Tuscany and meeting a guide at the train station at Villa-franca.
We were greeted by the lovely Simona from Sigeric when we arrived at Villa-franca, and from here she drove us to the Sigeric office. At the office we were greeted by our tour leader for the day by the name of Alex. All information about the tour was given to us, including an explanation of where we were going, what we would be doing, and the equipment that we would be using. We were also given the option prior to bring our own lunch, or stop after the tour for lunch at a nearby Italian bar, cafe, or restaurant - we were very excited to get started!
As the canyon adventure requires both hiking and swimming through the waters in the canyon, we were provided with a full wetsuit, helmet, and life jacket. The entire set-up of the tour was very professional, and we felt like we were in very good hands with our guide Alex. Alex is fluent in Italian, however he could also could speak very good English, which was helpful!
Once we were fitted with all of our safety equipment, we jumped in the car with Alex where he took us to a small village around 20 minutes by car, where we would commence the tour. We stripped down to our swimmers, put on our wetsuits, sneakers, grabbed our camera’s, and away we went!
The first part of the tour involved us walking along the river, where we would then find the entrance to the canyon. This first 20 minute walk was quite easy, making our way over rocks, only small puddles of water, and learning lots from Alex about the plants and animal wildlife that often frequent this area.
It wasn’t long before we then reached the entrance to the canyon, and it was time to put on our life jackets and helmets and get wet! The opening to the canyon was gorgeous, lined by rocks of all different colours and green trees, it was wide in some areas, and narrower in others.
The first canyon involved us walking in the water, sometimes at ankle, knee, waist, even shoulder deep. Some other times involved us having to swim for short distances - but thankful for our wetsuits we were not at all cold and this was made very easy also with our lifejackets, we basically just floated our way across the beautiful waters, lying back, relaxing, and having an amazing time! The water was the most beautiful, fresh, and clear that we had ever swam in! Although deep in some parts, we could always see all the way to the very bottom because of how crystal clear and clean it was!
Alex was a wonderful and very patient guide - allowing us to stop along the way as many times as we liked to capture photographs, teach us about the different animals that we saw (baby snakes and toads!), and give us lots of information about the formation of the canyon. After around 1 hours, we had reached the end of the first canyon, and the river opened up wide once again allowing us to walk freely without being submerged in the water. But it wasn’t long before we reached the entrance to the second part of the canyon, Alex said that he thinks that this is the most beautiful part of the canyon, and we certainly agreed!!
In the second half of the canyon, the walls become more narrow, and the water in between so pristine see-through blue colour, that swimming is like a dream - after around another 1 hour of hiking and swimming through the canyon, we reached the end point where again the river opens up wide and there were lots of rocks for us to sit on and relax.
We spent around 15 minutes here enjoying the relaxation, sounds of the water flowing, the birds chirping, and admiring the greenery surrounding us. We took some more photographs before it was time to return back the way we came along the canyon.
This little wonderland is truly a hidden gem in Italy! The entire hike we only saw a small handful of other people, who were mainly locals coming to enjoy the place. Being so close to both Tuscany, and Cinque Terre, this is an activity that we recommend should be very high on your bucket list if you are ever visiting either of these two villages.

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