Massa’s town centre, impecabbly maintained and peaceful, is the perfect place to get a feel for how buildings used to look in the Middle Ages.
Massa Marittima was taken over by Pisa for a short while during which its economy relied on the metal mining industry, then turned into a municipality and was taken over by Siena in the 14th century. The 14th century plague wiped out the population and the mining activity fell to a halt. Massa Marittima only revived when mining was started again in the 1700s and its marshes were drained.
Massa’s old part of town is very attractive.