Massa Marittima

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Massa Marittima rises on a hill whose slopes are covered with olive-groves and of holm-oaks brush, which dominates the fertile valley of the Pecora river. Its origins are very ancient, but it got to its apex in the Medieval Age, as the presence of the many monuments testify.
The plan of Massa Marittima is characteristic with its two distinct parts: the Old City, below where the Romanesque style predominates and the New City above with Gothic constructions. In the star shaped Garibaldi square one can admire: the Duomo of the year 1200/1400, the Palazzi del PodestÓ (1200) and dei Priori (1300) (at present it is the Commune's seat), the small Palace and Tower of the Conti di Bisernio. They are mostly buildings in travertine stone which becoming older have taken an ash-grey-golden colour.
Other monuments are the Clock Tower - 1440 - the ruins of the Senesi Fortress, the small Palace of Weapons, St. Francesco and St. Agostino Churches, and St. Bernardino cloister. "The arbalest of the gyrfalcon" (Balestra del Girifalco) is an historical festival which is held twice yearly in Massa, game among the crossbowmen of the three quarters of the town (the first Sunday after 20th of May and the second Sunday of August). Yearly in summer, local crafts show is held.
Massa Marittima is situated 18 km from Follonica and 20 km from Montieri.

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