It is no coincidence that the main square of Massa (designed, however, in the 19th century) is called Piazza Aranci and is surrounded by two rows of citrus fruits. The massese orange, but also the cedar and the lemon, are cultivated here since the 14th century, the altitude and the proximity to the sea give it a taste and an aroma very different from those of the Calabrian and Sicilian oranges. Excellent for juices because it is very rich in juice, it also has a perfect peel to be used in pastry.
It is then, however, in the sixteenth century that citrus cultivation is affirmed with the most bitter variants of oranges, while sweet orange appears in the seventeenth century.
And this is why the Oranges become the main object of the depictions of the Massa Picta, conferring the figurative particularity of many city facades, for example in the decorations of Casa Maggesi in Via Piastronata, Casa Landi in Via Cavour, Casa Mussi in Via Guglielmi, Casa Diana in Piazza Aranci, Palazzo Ricci in Via Dante.