Massa Marittima: the Cathedral of St. Cerbone with its frescoed ceilings, the Madonna of Grazie di Duccio, Piazza Garibaldi, the “Measta’” of Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the Torre del Candeliere and the Cassero Senese.
A small jewel of medieval art and architecture, Massa Marittima was made rich thanks to crops and the mining of copper and silver, which minted its own currency, “il grosso”. The town became a “Free Municipality” in 1225, after being tied first to Pisa and then ruled under Siena. Visitors can discover the beautiful square with a majestic Cathedral dedicated to their patron saint, St. Cerbone, the Madonna by Duccio di Boninsegna, and St Cerbone’s Urn by Goro di Gregorio.
In the civic museums you will find the Etruscan collection from the town of Lake dell’Accesa, the “Maesta’” (Majesty) painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and the works of Giovanni Pisano. The Cassero Senese (the Sienese Keep) and its Torre del Candeliere (Tower of the Candlestick) are a wonderful example of the defensive architecture of the fourteenth century.
In the surroundings the Etruscan art in:
Populonia e Baratti
Siena is a treasure trove of beauty, and this medieval town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city was founded by the Etruscans and takes its symbol, the wolf, from the Romans, but it was during the Middle Ages that it reached its maximum power and splendour.
The Duomo, Piazza del Campo, the Torre del Mangia, and Santa Maria della Scala are just some of the magical places of the city which, along with the artistic heritage and ancient traditions (including the famed Palio di Siena horse races), make it a truly unique place in the world.
Piazza del Campo with Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia, Palio, the Duomo