Top 10 Things to do in Pietrasanta, Italy

April 8, 2018 Velvet Mowry

Pietrasanta is a town and comune on the coast of northern Tuscany in Italy, in the province of Lucca. Pietrasanta is part of Versilia, on the last foothills of the Apuan Alps, about 32 kilometres north of Pisa.
Restaurants in Pietrasanta

1. Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 283375
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4.5 based on 334 reviews

Piazza Duomo

Reviewed By Bart C - Foster City, California

We loved little Pietrasanta, and the center of the village is the Piazza Duomo. Lovely structures from a variety of ages. Not crowded. Surrounded by good restaurants, shopping streets, walks, and even a castle above. Short walk from the train station, for those on a quick stop tour. While it would be hard to classify any of the Tuscan/Ligurian coastal towns as not touristy, this one has more of a local feel than most. It's also an art town and the Piazza had some lovely sculpture on view. Great place to sit, paint, relax.

2. Duomo di Pietrasanta

Piazza del Duomo, Pietrasanta, Italy
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4.5 based on 216 reviews

Duomo di Pietrasanta

http://duomodipietrasanta.org/http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duomo_di_Pietrasanta

Reviewed By Bryan H - Portland, Oregon

Part of the amazing piazza, but not the oldest building here, either. A local mentioned to us that the coat of arms on the Duomo (the six balls arranged in a pyramid like structure) indicates the Medici family (that had marble and other trading interests in the area) was involved in the funding of the Church. Also, she pointed the "Pope's hat" on the front -- an indication or reference of the popes that the Medici family provided to the Vatican. I have no idea if any of this is true, but found it interesting. When we went the church was opened, and there was a sign indicating that during service, people should keep "touristic activities" (such as taking photographs, I assume) to an absolute minimum. When you're in the square, it is easy to check out!

3. Sketches Museum Pierluigi Gherardi

Via Sant'Agostino 1, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 795500
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Sketches Museum Pierluigi Gherardi

Reviewed By trufflecat - Boston, MA

Lots of them, from abstract modern to realistic portraits, these are all models of larger sculptures. Somehow having them all together in a few connecting rooms, all of an approachable size, almost all pure white, makes the sculptures come to life more than they would in full size and spaced apart in a sculpture garden. It's hard to explain why these "bozzetti", if that's how you spell it, are so interesting, but they are. When we visited, there was also an exhibition mostly around the main square of the town, called Lapidarium, of a large collection of gigantic stone and metallic sculptures of horses where part of the body was just bones. Some of the sculptures are horses heads only, displayed suspended inside the darkened church...a bit eerie. All fascinating.

4. Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate

Via Giuseppe Mazzini N. 103, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 70055
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate

Reviewed By Ian D

This is a very interesting, small church. The mass is catholic. The readers are from the town and people you will see walking along the piazza throughout your visit. Probably the most familiar aspect of this church to visitors are the two frescoes on the lateral left and right walks of the church. They are painted by the world famous Colombian painter and sculptor Botero. The work is in a robust and rotund manor. Fresco is not an easy process. Fresco uses ground pigments painted on wet plaster mixed with aged lime (referred to by the Italians as Buon Fresco). The artist must plan how much of the Fresco can be painted within that day. If the artist can not complete painting that area then the remaining plaster must be chiseled away and removed, re applied and begun again. The benefit to Fresco painting is that the pigment bindes with the lime and plaster causing it to become part of the wall. This is the manor that the Renaissance masters used regularly such as Michelangelo. The locals have mixed feelings about Botero's frescoes being in the church. Some dislike the work and some feel it has taken away from the authenticity of this very old Italian church. Others like the work very much and see it as a welcomed addition to this small and almost hidden church. Botero Included himself as a damned soul in the last judgement Fresco. This has a tongue-in-cheek connotation Since Michelangelo painted one of his most ardent critics as a damned soul in his Fresco of the last judgement seen at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome.

5. Favret Mosaici Artistici Since 1933

Via Aurelia Nord 78, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 70053
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5 based on 50 reviews

Favret Mosaici Artistici Since 1933

Reviewed By foodienomad - Portland, Oregon

My visit to Favret Mosaic Studios and time spent with Paolo was simply amazing. I learned so much and was in awe of the work being done by the artisans there. Paolo walked us through the whole process from showing us sketches, to seeing how they create the "puzzle" on paper, to choosing the colors....and then, to see the artisans at work; patiently creating these sections of masterpieces...and lastly, seeing the sections put together to become a finished mosaic. We were able to see something go from being an artist's conception to a finished work of art. It was all just so fascinating and Paolo Favret was so patient to explain everything, and to answer all our questions.
I was expecting a giant studio, but upon arrival, it is apparent you are really visiting an artisinal production facility. The small number of artisans are capable of creating giant works of art; the kinds of things you see in major church apses around the world. It is always amazing to me to see how anything is produced; I find that kind of thing particularly fascinating, As such, I go out of my way when I travel to find interesting things such as Favret Mosaic Studios and this counts as one of my favorite finds!

6. Pieve dei Santi Giovanni e Felicita

Località Valdicastello Carducci, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 7951
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Pieve dei Santi Giovanni e Felicita

Reviewed By Giacomo G - Lerici, Italy

Punto di riferimento lungo l’itinerario della via Francigena, questa Pieve delle cui origini si ha notizia fin dall'855, si raggiunge percorrendo la strada Sarzanese che porta a Valdicastello. L’edificio religioso, immerso tra gli ulivi, edificato come costruzione romanica, subì agli inizi del ‘400 importanti lavori di riedificazione che portarono all’inserimento del rosone e della navata centrale. Di particolare rilievo sono gli affreschi tardotrecenteschi conservati nell'abside e il tabernacolo sempre quattrocentesco posto a destra dell'ingresso; molto interessanti sono anche all’esterno un pozzo costruito nel 1559 e il campanile(1583) con stile rinascimentale. Di aspetto severo, edificata antiche pietre lavorate con fatica, la Pieve induce il visitatore alla riflessione.

7. Info Point Comune di Pietrasanta + Touch Screen TerrAgir 24h

Piazza Statuto, Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 283375
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5 based on 3 reviews

Info Point Comune di Pietrasanta + Touch Screen TerrAgir 24h

Reviewed By georges j - Liege, Belgium

L' Info Point de Pietrasanta se situe dans un kiosque sur une place où trône une grande statue. La dame à l'accueil parle très bien le français. Elle nous a remis à notre demande un plan détaillé de la ville. Elle nous a ensuite prodigué de nombreux conseils très judicieux pour rendre notre visite agréable et efficace.

8. PH Neutro

Via Padre Eugenio Barsanti 46, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 71661
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PH Neutro

Reviewed By goatiegoater - Lido Di Camaiore, Italy

Exquisite photography installation by two extremely talented photographers on display at the PH Neutro Fotografia Fine Art, Matthew Yates and Rosanna Salonia. Photos are three dimensionally displayed, precariously dangling in a sculptural form, some full size traditional black and white prints, and others contact prints made into a collage. Other items were a leather bound book with double weight hand made paper and luminous photos made from medium and large format negatives with inscriptions. Thoughtfully constructed items and boxes with photos you were allowed to touch. Matthews photography has ethereal dreamlike characteristics that evoke movement and stillness simultaneously. The main piece in the entry way has the structural shape of a hurricane vortex, with beautiful photographic items held together loosely, and various pieces of wood placed in a format around the base and tied in bundles at the top. It gives the viewer a combined sense of unity and tension all at once in the way that it could be dismantled within seconds, it has a destiny like a Tibetan sand mandala.

9. Ferrari & Bacci

Via Aurelia, 14, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 790147
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Ferrari & Bacci

Mosaic workshop. You can see the actual production of glass and marble mosaic. During the visit you can see also the photos of our most important project like the Berliner Dom. We can show how to make your self made mosaic and you can buy all the necessary for your mosaic.

Reviewed By Игорь Р - Vilnius, Lithuania

Вот уже более 60 лет эта кампания делает мозаики из мрамора по всему миру.Причем выполняет не только новые заказы,но и занимается реставрацией работ,поврежденных из-за землетрясений ( например,высокий алтарь Верхней базилики Ассизи ,землетрясение 1997 года ).Расположена она недалеко от старого города Пьетрасанты.

10. Peace frame

Via Mazzini | Piazza Crispi, Pietrasanta, Italy
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3.5 based on 6 reviews

Peace frame

Reviewed By georges j - Liege, Belgium

Il s'agit d'un cadre à l'entrée de la rue principale menant au Dôme. Ce cadre représente la porte de la paix. C'est une œuvre d'art comme il y en a beaucoup à Pietrasanta.

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