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The name of Massa Marittima is misleading, with the adjective "marittima", which means "maritime" in Italian, seeming to refer to the vicinity of the ocean.Number of views: 1474
The name is misleading, with the adjective "marittima", which means "maritime" in Italian, seeming to refer to the vicinity of the ocean or the fact, affirmed by various local legends, that far back in time the ocean lapped at these hills and later receded.
Actually, the adjective denotes the region in which the city is located: that very special environmental and cultural setting known as the Maremma, while the word "massa" signified in late Latin an aggregation of landed properties: thus, Massa di Marittima.
It is situated in the area of the "Colline Metallifere", or Metalliferous Hills, noted for the presence of minerals which have been associated since Etruscans times with the mining activity which have been such a distinctive feature of the city's economic and social history.
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