The New York Times crowns Massa-Carrara among the places to visit in 2024
Vita gazette – The city of Massa-Carrara was selected by the New York Times for the list of “52 places to visit in 2024”. The Tuscan town placed 17th in the context of the Uffizi Diffusi initiative.
Like every year, the New York Times has just published the list of the 52 best places to see around the world. Travel writers and experts make the selections, including various locations, from popular tourist spots to off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Among the recommended destinations in 2024, among culture, art and natural beauty, an entirely Tuscan destination stands out in 17th place, Massa Carrara, in the context of the Uffizi Diffusi initiative.
For about three years, the Uffizi Galleries have been promoting the Uffizi Diffusi initiative, the primary objective of which is to bring works from the museum to the Tuscan territory, but not only, above all, through a series of temporary exhibitions in which the works from the Uffizi are accompanied by pieces coming from the territories in which the exhibitions are held. The occasion of the stop in Massa was the inspiration for the prestigious New York Times to recommend a visit to Tuscany to its readers.“
Ingrid K. Williams wrote:
“To reduce the crowds that fill the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, the renowned museum has moved some of its masterpieces to lesser-known locations throughout Tuscany. As part of the latest initiative in the ever-expanding program known as Uffizi Diffusi, a collection of works, including paintings from the studio of the Italian Baroque painter Carlo Dolci, will be exhibited this spring in the city of Massa at the Palazzo Ducale, which it also hosts the government offices of the province of Massa-Carrara, in north-western Tuscany. Art enthusiasts can also explore the surrounding Apuan Alps from which the marble was quarried for many masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s David; visit the marble quarries and perhaps meet a sculptor carving on the side of the road.
In first place is North America: From the beaches of Mazatlán, Mexico, to the rugged inlets of Maberly, Newfoundland, on April 8, the sky will be the stage for the total solar eclipse that will cross North America. This year, the Moon will be near its closest point to Earth, resulting in a vast band and long-lasting totality. Mexico, Canada and 13 US states will greet the darkness with celebration.
In second place is Paris: Already one of the most visited cities in the world, Paris is preparing to welcome millions of travellers this summer as it hosts the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will be the largest sporting event in the city’s history, and to mark the occasion, many famous monuments will be transformed into sports and entertainment venues.
On the third step of the podium is a city in Japan, Yamaguchi, commonly called “Kyot”. The city, capital of the prefecture of the same name, is often called the Kyoto of the West, although it is much more interesting than that, writes the newspaper.
Small, winding alleys in the “compact city” offer “an assortment of experiences,” it says, citing places like pottery kilns, including one located on the grounds of Toshunji Temple, “chic” and “old-fashioned” coffee shops, and “alley shops counter” serving hot oden dishes, as well as the Yuda Onsen hot spring area.
The newspaper also praised the “splendid” five-story pagoda of Rurikoji Temple, designated a national treasure by the Japanese government. “Given Kyoto’s tourist crush, Yamaguchi also offers a smaller-scale, but no less historical, alternative to Kyoto’s approximately 600-year-old Gion summer festival,” the newspaper read, noting that Yamaguchi’s Gion festival takes place in July, like the Kyoto festival.
Here’s the New York Times’s complete list of places to go in 2024