The province of "Massa e Carrara" was born in 1859 from the separation of the Lunigiana and the Garfagnana from the Ducato of Modena.
The town of Carrara, located on the coast and beneath the White Apuan Alps, is renowned all over the world mostly for its notheworthy marble, extracted and worked from the same mountains.
Michelangelo Buonarroti personally took marble in Carrara and nowadays the town houses the important International Biennial of Sculpture.
Noteworthy is its "lunar" Duomo entirely built with marble.
The Museum of Marble and art workshops in the city are a must even for those tourists who just come to sunbathe in the Mediterranea Sea.
Nearby you will find the beautiful Massa, dominated by the fortress Malaspina: two towns steeped in history and culture.
Massa extends slightly over the green hills at the foot of the Apuan Alps. The old town has a beautiful and sumptuous medieval area with narrow streets. Not to miss the Cathedral and the Ducal Palace.
One of the most interesting places of the surroundings is Lunigiana, offering food and wine tours and beautiful farmhouses. The small village Groppodalosio is located in Valdantena, along the ancient route of the Via Francigena. Interesting also the beautiful "Tibet" bridge on the Via Francigena of Lunigiana, to be found along the stretch running from Pontremoli.