Pietrasanta: what to see and visit in the town of Versilia

What to see in Pietrasanta, places to visit in this town in the province of Lucca Tuscany, famous for art workshops marble.

Guide Pietrasanta

Tuscan town in the province of Lucca, Pietrasanta is immersed in a beautiful landscape of hills and mountains on one side, on the other coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, a few kilometers from the famous beaches of Versilia to which it belongs. Its center, rich in art and culture, attended by international artists, is known for art workshops marble, related to the extraction of raw marble of the Apuan Alps.

Since past the marble has characterized this pretty town, remind us, for example the tombstones on the façades of two buildings in the historic center, where Michelangelo drew up major contracts for the extraction of marble for the facade of San Lorenzo in Florence, also dates back to 1843, the opening of the school dedicated to the teaching of marble craftsmanship, today Art Institute.

In 1255, at the end of the feudal period and the beginning of municipal power, the noble origin Milan Guiscardo Pietrasanta, mayor of the Republic of Lucca, founded the town at the foot of the ancient fortress Lombard and the village of Sala.

In three hundred Castruccio Castracani, lord of Lucca, did fortify the village renovating the fortress of Sala and building the Rocchetta Arrighina naming it in honor of his son Henry. The territory and the town of Pietrasanta were often disputed by Pisani, Genoese and Florentines, until 1513 when it came under the domain of the State of Florence, and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, until the unification of Italy.

Places to visit in Pietrasanta

The Duomo di Pietrasanta, dedicated to St. Martin, lies on omonina, where often there are exhibitions of sculptures by great artists. The origins date back to the thirteenth century, was expanded later in the fourteenth. The current building, which is the result of further changes occurred between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, it has a beautiful and elegant marble facade.

Inside there are valuable works of art, including painting on wood of Our Lady of the Sun, Patroness of the City and the City of Pietrasanta. Next to the cathedral stands the sixteenth-brick bell tower, designed by the Florentine architect Donato Benti.

The outside of the bell tower is incomplete because the original plan included a marble cladding that was never realized. For the extraordinary complexity of the internal structure of the tower, where it dug a brilliant self-supporting spiral staircase, some scholars believe that the work is attributed to Michelangelo.