A lesser known and un-explored province of Tuscany, Massa-Carrara has a wide and wild variety of landscapes, from the elegant and sought-after beaches of Versilia to the high mountains of the Apuane, with steep mountains made almost entirely of white marble forming steep green valleys.

The twin towns of Massa and Carrara that give their shared names to this province, are both close to the coast, on the small piece of flat landscape before the mountains rise up behind them. But by far the larger area of this province is to be found inland, in beautiful and little-explored valleys squeezed bet...