The Massaciuccoli lake in Versilia
Located in a pleasant and varied landscape, the town of Massarosa (dating back to the 3rd century b.C.) is located on the outskirts of the Massaciuccoli lake, between the Apuan Alps and the coast.
In this lake's area, past and present times intermingle, in fact here, for example, you find the ruins of a Roman villa (called Villa dei Venulei Aproniani) built during the Roman period and housing a small thermal estate.
Massaciuccoli is famous for its lake belonging to the natural park of Migliarino S. Rossore Massaciuccoli, where it's not difficult to come across different species of permanent and migrant birds and several kinds of plants such as eucalyptus, alders and watering-lilies.
Interesting, concerning the surrounding countryside, a pictoresque breath-taking view of the lake and the magnificent pinewoods, stretching to the coastline.
For nature-lovers this peaceful place could be the ideal, cause it is a zone offering a wide choice of activities related to the characteristic Versilia's nature, such as walking tours and rides (a selection of itineraries is available).
The main monuments in Massarosa are the Church of Saints Jacopo and Andrea and Villa Buonvisi.
Finally, it is well worth a visit the church of Pantaleone (a Romanesque church dating back to the 13th century and built on the site of an early Christian church), which was set on the hilly hamlet of Pieve a Elici. The church is considered to be the most important among the parishes of Versilia (it is regarded as an authentic jewel of the Romanesque art).
Moreover, Massarosa is famous for its hospitality expressed in several and different ways: the very good cuisine, a warm welcome and a huge choice of accommodations.
Massarosa support several events during different periods of the year. One of these manifestations is the important "Zootechnics Expo", organized every year in May and providing a particular exposition of pets, plants, agricultural implements and typical gastronomic products of the zone.