Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Massa Marittima

Cattedrale di San Cerbone

Presiding over photogenic Piazza Garibaldi (aka Piazza Duomo), Massa Marittima's asymmetrically positioned 13th-century duomo is dedicated to St Cerbonius, the town's patron saint, who's always depicted surrounded b…
Top Choice Gardens in Monte Amiata

Garden of Daniel Spoerri

Opened in 1997, this sculpture garden is the passionate project of Romanian–Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri (b 1930), who created many of the 112 artworks spread over its 16 hectares. The landscape here is glorious – wi…
Top Choice Museum in Vetulonia

Museo Civico Archeologico 'Isidoro Falchi'

Vetulonia's main piazza boasts spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and is home to this small but extremely impressive museum bringing Etruscan history to life through a rich display of artefacts excav…
Top Choice Museum in Massa Marittima

Museo di Arte Sacra

In the former monastery of San Pietro all'Orto, this museum houses a splendid Maestà (c 1335–37) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti as well as sculptures by Giovanni Pisano that originally adorned the facade of the duomo. The c…
Top Choice Tower in Massa Marittima

Torre del Candeliere

Climb to the top of this 13th-century, 74m-high tower for stupendous views over the old town.
Museum in Monte Amiata

Mineral Park Museum

Cinnabar, the red-coloured mineral from which mercury or quicksilver is extracted, was mined in the hills around Abbadia San Salvatore from Etruscan times until quite recently. This now-defunct mercury mine was once…
Archaeological Site in Vetulonia

Scavi di Città

In 2009 a small team of archaeologists began excavating these foundations of a 2300-year-old Etruscan domus (house), on the main road just below Vetulonia. The team uncovered dry-stone walls, a brick floor, a small …
Monument in Massa Marittima

Albero della Fecondità

A rather risqué surprise lurks underneath this 13th-century former wheat store. Its loggia shelters the Fonte dell'Abbondanza (Fountain of Abundance), a now decommissioned public drinking fountain that features an e…
Park in Massa Marittima

Parco Naturalistico Geotermico delle Biancane

At this geothermal park 21km north of Massa Marittima, steam has been transformed into power by vapour turbines since 1916, supplying power to one million Tuscan households (and meeting 25% of Tuscany's overall ene…
Abbey in Monte Amiata

Abbadia San Salvatore

Founded by the Lombards in the 8th century, this abbey was originally entrusted to the Benedictines but later passed to the Cistercians. An important stop on the Via Francigena, it is notable primarily for its hugel…