Pietrasanta: the little Athens

The fascinating city of Pietrasanta, land of artists and marble workers between the Apuan Alps and the sea, is the perfect destination for art enthusiasts, both classic and contemporary. A place that gathers artists from all across the world, a true hub for international sculpture.

In recent decades, Pietrasanta has become a something of an open-air museum, where visitors can admire, among the many galleries and public piazzas, an uninterrupted renewed exposition of contemporary art and sculpture of the highest levels.

The city, also known as “little Athens” thanks to the concentration of artists that have decided to settle down here over the years (among the most noteworthy in recent times are Igor Mitoraj and Fernando Botero) and is today a hard-won elite and cultured tourism destination.

The artistic trade boasts ancient roots that are strictly tied to marble working (and later bronze), a centuries-old tradition in this city.

Walking through the elegant historical center, let yourself be pleasantly distracted by the art galleries, boutiques, wine bars and high-class restaurants, we cannot forget to visit at least some of the churches in Pietrasanta. Among these, one worthy of a mention is the Cathedral of San Martino, which, overlooking the beautiful piazza Duomo, conserves prestigious artworks and whose bell tower is stunning, concealing a fascinating twisting staircase that runs from top to bottom, did you know that maybe Michelangelo projected it?

In the same piazza are the church of Sant’Agostino, with a magnificent cloister and a baroque bell tower, the museum of sketches and along Mazzini street you’ll find the little church of the Misericordia with the frescoes of Fernando Botero.

Duration: about 2 hours

Price for the tour: 

1-14 participants: 140 €
15-25 participants: 280 €