The operation of cultural decentralization was born in order to revalue small towns like Massa Marittima rich in culture and beauty, through the organization of events of high cultural interest, with an international scope. In this regard, Rossano Pazzagli, historian, writes: “A women’s festival in the internal areas of Italy, a way to make culture by remedying two historical forgetfulness: female creativity and the potential of rural Italy of villages and small towns”.
Situated in the province of Grosseto, Massa Marittima is an ancient city lying on the metalliferous hills and protected by a well-preserved city wall with a medieval atmosphere that still exists among the most important buildings of its extraordinary historical centre.
Massa Marittima is one of the most important urban-architectural complexes in Tuscany, and Piazza Garibaldi, where the beautiful cathedral of San Cerbone, the Palazzo del Podestà, the Palazzo del Comune and the Loggia del Mercato overlook, is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. A magical and timeless place.
The Palazzo dell’Abbondanza is the building in the historic center recovered by the Municipality of Massa and which has become the site of the most important exhibition and congress events in the city.
It is a structure built in the 14th century, as an elevation of the underlying Fonte dell ‘Abbondanza, famous for the 13th century Fecondity Tree, frescoed on one of the two basins.
The intervention was particularly complex also due to the delicate position of the building; in the realization of the work, the designers managed to merge the various “identities” designed for the Palace: that of a technologically advanced multipurpose space and that of a modern complex, stylistically accurate, well blended with the historical-architectural context from which it is surrounded