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Bill Thayer

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Massa Marittima (Grosseto province)

A town of southern Tuscany: 43°03N, 10°54E. Altitude: 380 m. Population in 2001: 8800.

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Straggling from his bus tour, a lone tourist snaps a quick photo of a January sunset.

I've been to Massa Marittima, but very briefly; too briefly: I hope to go back, if for no other reason than to do a proper visit of the Duomo, which is splendid. A slightly fuller website will eventually be forthcoming. Right now, two very small items:

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If you're planning a trip to the area, and being very thorough about it, you might find it useful to read the Jan. 1, 1997 entry of my diary, with one more photograph; for complete and detailed general information on the town, you should see the websites in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page, of course.

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George Dennis's Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria is one of the best books on central Italy — as long as he sticks to the Etruscans. About Massa, well . . . read him for yourself.

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Page updated: 19 Mar 09