The New International Encyclopædia/Massa
MASSA, mäs′sȧ. A city, capital of the Province of Massa e Carrara, Italy, on a hill rising from the banks of the Frigido, 3 miles from its outlet in the Gulf of Genoa, and 26 miles north of Pisa (Map: Italy, E 3). Its chief buildings are the ducal palace, now the prefecture building, a former summer residence of Elisa Bacciocchi, Napoleon's sister. Massa has fine marble quarries, which are extensively worked, and important manufactures of silk, paper, and olive oil. It was formerly the capital of a principality and later of the Duchy of Massa-Carrara, which was united with Modena in 1829. Population, in 1901 (commune), 26,413.