Top things to do

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 Wine Bar in Massa Marittima

Il Bacchino

Owner Magdy Lamei may not be a local (he's from Cairo), but it would be hard to find anyone else as knowledgeable and passionate about local artisanal produce. Come to this classy enoteca he runs with his wife, Moni…
Top Choice Tuscan in Massa Marittima

Taverna del Vecchio Borgo

Massa's best restaurant is as atmospheric as it is delicious. You'll sit in a dimly lit brick-vaulted wine cellar dating from the 16th century and dine on top-quality beef grilled on the wood-fired oven, or unusual …
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…
Tuscan in Massa Marittima

La Tana dei Brilli

Billed as the 'smallest osteria in Italy’ and seating a mere 10 people at four tables (another six can squeeze onto tiny alley tables outside), this friendly place ticks every box on the Slow Food checklist, featuri…
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 …