The most ancient traces of the human settlements in the massese area dates back to Paleolithic and Neolithic articles (Resceto); and Bronze remains of Pariana and burial niches to the Iron Age at Cirinea di Pariana. A place name such as “Taberna Frigida” along Via Emilia Scauri before Luni is mentioned in the “Tabula Peutingeriana”, a real road map of the 3Rd century A.D. During the Curtense period the first inhabited parts of the the town were formed and from the 10Th century to the first half of the 13Th century we see Massa as a central part of the domain of the Obertenga Family.
The 13Th and 14Th centuries were very troubled with a succession of dominations by different powers (i.e. Florence, Lucca). In 1442 began the Malaspina marquisat, it was Alberico Cybo- Malaspina who , towards the middle of the 15Th century, undertook to enlarge and improve the small hereditary estate.The last successor of the Cybo-Malaspina family, Maria Teresa, married Ercole Rinaldo D’Este, duke of Modena, in 1741; then the state of Massa passed on through succession to the daughter Maria Beatrice and in 1829 on her death it was finally taken over by Modena. In 1860 the province of Massa Carrara officially became part of the Kingdom of Italy. During the interwar period (1938) the Apuan industrial zone was created. During the second world war Massa was the centre of many bloody episodes being the immediately behind the Gothic line. Its recovery was long and hard, but in spite of this it had a considerable urban development and a strong expansion of the tourist sector.
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