- The town is famous for its art works in marble and iron and, above all, its gallery of plaster casts (no admission charge) to which some of the most famous sculptors in the world have contributed copies of their works. The old monastery cloister in which the gallery is housed gives it a special atmosphere. There’s a long tradition of famous sculptors coming here, since at least the 15th century when Pietrasanta was already a focal point for Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.
- The cathedral square has the main buildings, such as the cathedral with its richly decorated interior and the old government building, the theatre and, in a little side street, we’ll go and see the walls of a small church entirely covered in frescoes by Fernando Bottero.
- Around Pietrasanta there are many small country churches which were strategic in the Middle Ages for their position on the commercial routes – Pieve a Elici is one of those.
- You need a half day to visit Pietrasanta. You can combine this tour with the tour of Lucca, or Viareggio.
- To complete the tour of Pietrasanta, you may decide to go up to Carrara’s marble quarries to see how much work has to be done before a block becomes a beautiful sculpture.
- The gallery’s opening hours are:
From October to summertime, Tuesday to Saturday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. On Sundays, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
In summer: Tuesday to Sunday, 6.30 p.m.-8 p.m. and 9 p.m.-midnight
- There’s a train station in Pietrasanta, and the old town centre is linked to the seaside resort by local buses, but if you prefer to be comfortably driven by a private chauffeur, ask me for a free quotation.