Massa Marittima, Italy

In July 2003 we made a trip to Italy starting with a few days in the capital of Rome and then exploring Tuscany. All the images here were made with my original Canon D30 digital camera (the very first digital SLR from Canon) sporting a 3.1 MPixel sensor! It’s still satisfying to be able to reprocess these images with the latest software and get some pretty decent results.

Massa Marittima is a town and comune of the province of Grosseto, southern Tuscany, Italy, 49 km NNW of Grosseto. There are mineral springs, mines of iron, mercury, lignite and copper, with foundries, ironworks and olive-oil mills. At Follonica, on the coast, are the furnaces in which are smelted the iron ore of Elba.

Massa Marittima is a hidden Tuscan jewel perched on a panoramic hill north of Grosseto, in Southern Tuscany. The historical town centre has Etruscan origins and many signs of the past are still recognizable in the perfectly preserved city walls, in the narrow streets and in important urban and architectural complexes. During the 13th century, when all the surrounding towns went under the rule of Pisa, Siena or Florence, Massa Marittima maintained its independence and the town experienced a golden age. The most beautuful buildings in town all date back to this period. Furthermore, the history of this place is strictly linked to mining, as there are mineral ore deposits as well as iron, mercury, lignite and copper mines.

The Torre del Candeliere (Chandelier Tower) was built in 1228 and it is also called the clock tower, while the Cassero Senese(Sienese Fortress) was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. Both are a sign of the Sienese expansion of the city’s borders beyond the medieval fort built by the Pisans. 

Today, both the tower and the fortress are open to visitors and boast a splendid panoramic view over the city.

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