: Follonica (20 km)
: Follonica (20 km)
Massa Marittima is a special, appealing village rich in medieval and gothic influence located in the Tuscan hilly landscape nearby the sea (18 km). When you step outside the house you get the feeling of being part of the cast in a film set in the Middle Ages. Despite its quiet location it offers many cultural attractions (museums, etc.), appealing shops (boutiques, art and antiques). You can enjoy a typical local dinner for a moderate price or a pizza on the plaza (no traffic, children can romp around.) Whether it be the appealing city lights on the facade of the famous cathedral or the view when looking at the medieval palace, you will understand why this spot is mentioned in many travel guides as one of the most beautiful places in all of Tuscany. And yet Massa Maritima is not an overcrowded place, it has kept the charm of a typical Italian small city and you can easily travel through it (stroll around, have ice cream, etc.).
Golf: Two of Italy´s most gorgeous and exclusive golf courses are located near Massa Marittima ('Golf club Toscana' and 'Golf club Punta Ala'). The 18- hole courses are playable throughout the whole year and are located in the middle of vineyards and the olive groves. They are specially designed with small lakes, waterfalls and with typical plants from the south. The courses are just 10 and 20 km away and also offer a yacht and tennis club. Here you can connect a special, golf experience with a spa and culture vacation in an ideal fashion.
Ski: Monte Amiata (1.740 above sea level) is located 60km away from Massa Marittima, is of volcanic origin and offers ski options from the winter to spring. The volcano has remained inactive for nearly 2000 years, hot springs and geysers are a sign of its volcanic background and are used to gain geothermal energy. The exuberant plant life (thick chestnut and beech forests) and diverse wildlife (eagles, hawks..) makes it worthwhile to take a walk during any season. Monte Amiata attracts people during the springtime due to its blossoming flowers, its hillside remains pleasantly cool during the summer and in fall, it becomes attractive due to the abundance of mushrooms. The hiking paths head mainly into the forest region, but also lead into the nearby 19th century mines and through medieval towns that have come into existence mostly located along Via Cassia (such as Abbadia San Salvatore, Piancastagnaio...)