Pietrasanta: A small Athens in Tuscany
The town of Pietrasanta was founded in 1255 by Guiscardo da Pietrasanta, from Milan. Today it’s considered the “Small Athens of Tuscany”, since it was the goal of the greatest marble carvers than every age and has always accommodated great artists like Michelangelo Buonarroti and more recently Henry Moore, Fernando Botero, Pomodoro, Folon or Igor Mitoraj. It also was an important stage on the tracing of the way Francigena, the Pilgrims Road, traced from Canterbury to Rome, and it was, for long, in the middle of battles among Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Genoa. All willing to have it under their possession. From 1313 to 1328, Pietrasanta knew its maximum splendor under Castruccio Castracani, that wanted the construction of the fortress entitled in honour of his son Arrigo: Rocchetta Arrighina, part of which is still visible today. In 1484 Pietrasanta passes from Genoa hands to the dominion of the Medici of Florence and one hundred years after it is delivered to the king of France Carlo VIII of Anjou that put again it to the city of Lucca, in order then to be given back in 1513 to Giovanni de Medici to Florence. After a period of forfeiture between XIV and the XIX century, the rebirth of Pietrasanta happened in the eight hundred thanks to the reclamation works undertaken from Leopoldo II of Lorena Granduca of Tuscany.
Here are the monument that our guide will show you during the visit:
• Cathedral of St. Martin (Duomo, 13th-14th centuries).
• Church of Saint Augustine (15th century), in Romanesque style, now seat of art exhibitions. It includes some remains of 14th-15th centuries frescoes.
• Church of San Biagio ( Botero’s frescoes)
• Palazzo Panichi Carli (16th century).
• Palazzo Moroni (16ht century), home to the local Archaeological Museum.
We strongly recommend to include the visit to one of the many marble laboratories. Due to the fact they are still in full work, we save the name and contact here, since we will choose the good one according to the date of your reservation and its accessibility.
Half day (maximum 3 hours:) € 105 for 25 people and 2€ extra for each person
Individual and family rates (1-10 partecipants)
Half day (maximum 3 hours) €120