Massarosa is made up of 16 hamlets that are spread out over the plains and hills. It was a highly populated territory in the roman era, as demonstrated by the remains of ancient Roman baths at Massaciuccoli, otherwise known as the Holes or Baths of Nero. It has belonged to the Lucca province since the 14th century, and went through a period of splendour and glory, which led to the construction of numerous villas, such as the Villa Baldini at Campignano, which was home to Paolina Bonaparte.
Points of interest are the highly atmospheric Lake Massciuccoli and the many hiking paths that wind around the region.
The area surrounding Massarosa boasts the Romanesque church of San Martino di Bargecchia, the 7th century parish church of San Michele, in Corsanico and the Romanesque church of Pieve a Elici. Amazing views can be enjoyed from the Mommio Castle, the Quiesa pass, the via di Balbano and the Gualdo and Montigiano summits.
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