Pietrasanta:
the city of Botero and Mitoraj.

PIETRASANTA: MIDDLE AGES, MARBLE AND BRONZE
The Italian municipality with the highest concentration of art
   
Villa Roma Imperiale - Forte dei Marmi
 

This small medieval village is a few-minutes drive away. Belying its size, this is a major world crossroads of art and culture. And it's a gem of art and architecture itself. The town is organized around the Duomo di San Martino (13th/14th century) cathedral and the Church of S. Agostino (no longer used for religious purposes, now a site of major art exhibitions). Pietrasanta has been famed for centuries as a center for marble and bronze work and has become a place for international artists to work, train and meet. Sculpture lovers from around the world come here to visit the quarries where marble is excavated, the workshops where it is worked, the foundries where bronze is cast, and to participate in sculpture courses put on here. For good reason, two world-famous artists, Fernando Botero and Igor Mitoraj, chose Pietrasanta as their home in Italy. Their works and those of many other artists are scattered throughout Pietrasanta, making it an enormous outdoor sculpture museum. It is no coincidence that Pietrasanta is the municipality in Italy with the highest concentration of art galleries per capita.

 

We suggest finishing off your day or afternoon in Pietrasanta with a drink at one of the many bars around the Cathedral. Look at the restaurant section if you would like to stop for lunch or dinner.