The Camaiore Inland Area
In Camaiore you can take a stroll through the old town to discover the history of this area. You can stop in Piazza San Bernardino to admire the majestic Santa Maria Assunta church or visit the Museum of Sacred Art. The Abbey, just outside the centre, and the 10th-century Romantic-style church are both worth a visit.
In the Camaiore hinterland there are also many villages to visit. These ancient villages can be easily reached from the coast and many of them have breathtaking views over the sea. There is Casoli with its “sgraffito”, Montebello on the slopes of Mount Gabberi, Monteggiori, which retains its medieval fortified structure, the Via Francigena that crosses the villages of Montemagno and Orbicciano and many others. Many of these villages are connected by footpaths that allow you to do walk around the Camaiore area, including ancient mule tracks and roads as described in this post. Also, if you are fond of climbing as well as hiking, Camaiore is the place for you.
The Massarosa Inland Area
Massarosa also boasts ancient villages and activities to do when you do not want to spend the afternoon at the beach. The hilltop villages around Massarosa have beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Lake Massaciuccoli. In these villages there are medieval buildings, ancient churches and Lucca-style villas. People go to Corsanico for the unique views of the plain that reaches down to the sea and the organ concerts in the church of San Michele, to Mommio to see a characteristic medieval village up close, to Bargecchia to hear the bells of the Romanesque church of San Martino, also mentioned by Puccini in Tosca, to Pieve a Elici for the beautiful parish church of San Pantaleone.
Lake Massacciuccoli is another major attraction of the area. People come to the lake to observe the birds that nest in these wetlands, to walk along the wooden walkways of the Lipu Oasis, to go kayaking or for a boat ride. The other reason to come to Massaciuccoli is to travel through history. Here, in fact, in the area called Roman Massaciuccoli, are the remains of the ancient Roman villa of Venulei, baths and a pavilion with archaeological artecfacts. Also, if you love cycling in the great outdoors, there is the Puccini cycle path, a succession of gravel roads, bridges and wooden walkways.