Pietrasanta - Piazza Duomo
Pietrasanta is a lovely, small Medieval town less than 2 miles from the coast of Versilia Riviera with its fashionable seaside resorts: Viareggio with its famous Carnival, Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore (see map).
Marina di Pietrasanta is the part of Pietrasanta that is on the coast, and is a lively and popular seaside resort and holiday destination.
At the foot of the magnificent, marble-rich Apuan Alps, Pietra Santa is a historical town where mountains and sea blend together beautifully.
The town has Roman origins and part of the Roman wall still stands.
Pietra Santa became important during the 15th century, mostly for its connection with marble.
Michaelangelo himself, the greatest sculptor of all time, recognized the beauty of the Carrara white marble extracted from the quarries around Pietrasanta: not only did Michaelangelo use it for his own sculptures but he also worked in the marble quarries.
Pietrasanta marble, sculpture & artist laboratories
Pietrasanta Marble Quarries
Today, Pietrasanta is rightly considered as the world's capital of marble working. Many internationally renowned art schools and sculpture laboratories are here.
Artists and sculptors are drawn to Pietrasanta from all over the world. Their studios mingle with small boutiques and elegant shops, wooden shutters and buildings with ochre and pink coloured facades in the deep, narrow alleyways that radiate from Piazza del Duomo.
Pietrasanta has many remarkable sites to visit, artistic buidings, churches, galleries. Its historic center is a precious jewelry case of the Middle Ages, containing the splendid Piazza Duomo.
Some of the beautiful buildings in the square are the Collegiata of San Martino, built in the 14th century, better known as the Duomo, with the bell tower from the same period, remained incomplete because never covered in marble.
A little behind is the oratory of San Giacinto, better known as the Battistero, from the 17th century.
On the same side of the square are Palazzo Moroni and the Tower of the Hours, both from the 1500s.
On the other side is the Church of Sant'Agostino, built in the 1400s, with the former Agostinian convent and cloister.