Our complex

Hotel Cavalieri del Mare is located at Marina di Massa in Tuscany. Only 200 meters from the sea, it offers a comfortable and relaxing environment for its guests, for a relaxing holiday or business trip. The hotel, a noble Tuscan villa built in the 1700s, is surrounded by peaceful countryside. The rooms are furnished with every comfort, there is a spacious breakfast room, and a bar that is fully supplied and open twenty-four hours. The hotel nestles among 7000 square meters of quiet parkland where you can relax or you can swim in the clear blue swimming pool, fully equipped with sun beds, loungers and umbrellas.

The history

A noble villa

The hotel Cavalieri del Mare is situated on the old Salt Road (“via del sale”), which connected the duchy of Massa-Carrara with the duchy of Modena-Parma at the first kilometre. The “via del sale” was once a route used by pilgrims and merchants and the name is derived from the trade in this precious merchandise. The hotel was built as a summer hunting residence for the noble Sforza family, who were one of the most important in Italy and for a long time ruled the duchy of Milan.

There are still some features of the old villa in the hotel. Originally the villa was built in 1700 and was without side wings. It is possible to see an old meridian dial with the inscription “Horas non numero nisi serenas” meaning “I do not count the hours unless they are peaceful”.

You can see the annex with its arches which was once used as stables. The original 1700 wooden beams of the ceilings in several rooms can still be admired. The fine hand carved stairs in cipollino marble also date from 1700.

The park is full of pine and oak trees. In the garden in front of the villa there is a well from 1600 in white marble and another domed well dates back to 1000.