Recent Activities

The Name

Mountain Walks

Fell Walks

Coast Walks

Pilgrim Walks

Other Walks




The Barn

River Cruises

Hiking Statistics Picos de Europa Guide Colletts Mountain Holidays
  Glassby Family History  


Stage 25. Sarzana to Massa

  This stage is mainly on asphalt and is demanding only due to its length.You cross the Magra valley mainly on a new cycling path. You leave Ligiura and enter Tuscany. In Avenza you pas sawmills and marble workshops, heading towards the hills beyond. This is the Candia area, where the DOC wine of the same name is produced. Following a hillside road with beautiful panoramic views of the sea, you reach Massa.  


Distance Time Elevation in meters

Gain Loss Min Max
29.3     586 544    



Original map courtesy of "The Via Francigena Terre De Mezzo by Roberta Ferraris ISBM978-88-6189-491-4"




Arch of Caniparola

Torre di castrucci, Avenza



The city of Massa is the capital city of the Province of Massa & Carrara with a population of 68,889 inhabitants.

Standing at an elevation of 65 metres above sea level, it covers a total area of 94 km² and lies 110 kilometres north west of Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany.

Massa is split into two distinct areas, separated by eight kilometres: the main area of the city lies inland in a slight elevated position while Marina di Massa is a seaside beach resort.

Sights in Massa include the main square called Piazza Aranci - a square lined with orange trees and flanked by the Palazzo Ducale. Just around the corner from the Piazza lies Massa Cathedral while looming on a hill overlooking the city is the 12th century castle: Castello Malaspina

Massa's train station is called Massa Centro and it lies 2 kilometres from Piazza Aranci, a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride (routes L60 or L61), followed by a 5 minute walk. Trains run south from Massa to Florence with a journey time of an hour and 54 minutes, stopping along the way at the seaside resorts of Forte dei Marmi (6 minutes), Pietrasanta (10 minutes) and Viareggio (19 minutes) followed by the city of Pisa (40 minutes) along the way. There are also faster connections available to Florence by changing in Pisa to take a faster train. Heading north, it's just a 6 minute train ride to Carrara, the train eventually continuing to the Ligurian port town of La Spezia (30 minutes).

?By car from Massa to Florence takes 1 hour 33 minutes (122 km), while the journey times and distances to the other provincial capitals of Tuscany are as follows: Pisa - 43  mins (50 km), Lucca - 44  mins (50 km), Livorno - 49 mins (68 km), Pistoia - 1 hour  (88 km), Prato - 1 hour 16 mins (103 km), Grosseto - 1 hour 57 mins (199 km), Siena - 2 hours 6 minutes (186 km) and Arezzo - 2 hours 11 mins (195 km).

The most convenient airport for Massa is Pisa Airport which is a 36 minute drive away (55 km), while Tuscany's other major airport, Florence Airport, is the next best option at an hour and 15 minutes away (114 km). 

Places to visit close to Massa include the seaside resorts of the Versilia Coast mentioned above, while heading inland there's the town of Carrara, famous for its marble production. Heading north it's only a short distance to the neighbouring region of Liguria with the town of Sarzana a particular highlight. Beyond Sarzana and further into Luguria lie some of the best seaside towns in Italy including Lerici, Portovenere and the five villages of the Cinque Terre.
??Accommodation options in and around Massa currently include 2 hotels, 19 private apartments and 2 bed & breakfasts. See the link further down to our Hotels page where you'll find live availability and prices.