The small Athens of Versilia. Defined thus also thanks to the concentration of artists who have chosen it as their home and for those who have passed away, leaving their mark. Today it is a very popular destination for cultured and elite tourism: art galleries, exhibitions and shows, art workshops and boutiques of famous designers.
Pietrasanta is also the beating heart of Versilia in terms of food. In the historial center you can find typical restaurants and prestigious wine bars where, during the summer, you can dine in the streets of the city making your visit even more magical.
The historic center, very characteristic, is the fulcrum of Pietrasanta's life. The main square (Piazza del Duomo) surrounded by bars and cafés is the destination of every visitor: here it is possible to admire the Cathedral of Pietrasanta (or the collegiate church of San Martino) and its bell tower which some studies attribute to Michelangelo.
Still in the historic center of Pietrasanta it is possible to find, always with more difficulty, the old artistic workshops of the stone-sculptors of Pietrasanta. The Museo dei Bozzetti is certainly interesting, located near the Cloister of Sant'Agostino, where it is possible to see the Sketches and the Models which later became works of art: a unique museum of its kind. Igor Mitoraj, Gio ’Pomodoro, Fernando Botero, Kan Yasuda, Leone Tommasi and Pietro Cascella are just some of the artists represented in this museum
Other ideas for a visit in Pietrasanta are the birthplace of Giosuè Carducci, at Valdicastello Carducci, and La Rocca di Sala, an ancient city wall that dominates the Piazza del Duomo.
The best way to visit Pietrasanta is on foot, as the historic center is completely closed to traffic.
Getting to Pietrasanta from the Hotel Guiscardo it is easy, just a few minutes walk to find yourself in the heart of the historic center.
Each period is right for a visit to Pietrasanta. In summer it is possible to dine on the street in one of the typical restaurants. In winter it is not difficult to come across one of the many markets that are made in the streets of the historic center.
Exhibitions events are almost on the agenda in Pietrasanta. In summer the Piazza del Duomo is a regular event for those visiting the city, exhibitions of contemporary artists which does follow each other from June to September.
The Versiliana festival, in the Versiliana Park Theater in Marina di Pietrasanta, hosts a summer festival of artists including singers, comedians, politicians, writers and international tours.
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