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Area Archeologica Massaciuccoli Romana

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George C wrote a review Jun 2019
Toronto, Canada88 contributions69 helpful votes
There are two locations to this site, both of which were part of a villa belonging to a wealthy and powerful Roman family. The ruins of the main villa house are up on a hill with amazing views over the area. In the distance you can see Pisa, and when the sun catches the white marble duomo and tower they stand out dramatically. When we visited there was a co-ed group of older teenaged Scouts sitting in a circle within the ruins, singing. Not an everyday occurrence, I'm sure, but we sure enjoyed it. This location would be excellent for getting a sense of the local geography, and watching the sunset. The second location is still being excavated, and it contains the ruins of a bath house complex, including a good-sized mosaic. The size of the steam room and pool is one indication of the wealth and power of the family that owned the villa, since only the wealthy would have such things at all, and these were larger than usual. To my mind the most interesting part of the site is the remains of a commercial olive oil pressing operation, the economic basis of the villa. This section of the site is part of a museum, and we were fortunate enough to get a detailed explanation of it from one of the archaeologists. The best way to enjoy the site is to do the museum first and get as much insight as possible, and then to drive up (it is a very steep climb) to the older, open site to take in the view. This was one of our more memorable stops during a two week trip to Rome and Tuscany.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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joannekbrisbois wrote a review Sep 2018
Gatineau, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautiful archeological site hidden up a hill. Quiet. Can walk around at your leisure, no crowds. Beautiful view. Enchanting and magical.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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ggmusicista wrote a review May 2018
Camaiore, Italy67 contributions27 helpful votes
This place isn't super well known, so I just sort of stumbled on it, but I'm glad I did. It's a nice little gem. Sadly some of the pathway to the ruins is closed for the time being and if there are no guided tours being given only one of the exhibit buildings is open. But it's a nice place to visit if you have some time to kill and don't mine a short bit of walking uphill
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Date of experience: May 2018
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908Cathy wrote a review May 2018
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom31 contributions7 helpful votes
Stunning place to visit. We watched the sun go down over the ruins. Small but v interesting and v beautiful. Bring binoculars if you have them
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Date of experience: May 2018
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BlueTravels wrote a review Mar 2018
Jacksonville, Florida391 contributions110 helpful votes
After a steep but short uphill hike, enjoy historic ruins and rewarding views in a peaceful setting. There's lots of signage to explain what you are seeing. Back at the bottom of the hill, if you can catch them when they are open, there are two pavilions sheltering archaeology digs. We were lucky and arrived as they were opening late on a Saturday afternoon. The young woman there was friendly and eager to practice her English. To access the sight, you can drive but parking appeared to be somewhat limited. We took the train with our bikes and got off at Massarosa only 4 km from the site. We had regular old touring bikes and it was an easy ride. While you are here, I highly recommend also checking out LIPU Oasis, a board-walked bird sanctuary nearby.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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