The town of Pietrasanta, located in Northern Tuscany at the feet of the hills next to the imposing Apuan Alps with their world famous marble quarries, is one of the most important places in the world for marble working.
It’s called “the Little Athens of Tuscany”. Quite a few contemporary artists have their studio, and sometimes also their home, there, and some of their works of art are permanently displayed in the squares of this enchanting town. Moreover there are a lot of marble studios and artistic foundries, where sculptors from all over the world have their models carried out into the final works by skilful artisans who are also capable to reproduce any original statue from old or more recent times.
Its impressive Duomo square, with the mountains in the background, is used every year as a spectacular stage for art exhibitions. Memorable was the one dedicated in 2015 to the sculptor Igor Mitoraj who loved Pietrasanta and its surrounding area. In 2018 a new museum will be opened here with some of the most important works by this great master.
Another great master of the past, Michelangelo, went to Pietrasanta to get marble from its quarries to be used for the façade of San Lorenzo Church in Florence, a project which was never realized so that the front of this church is still unfinished.
The territory of Pietrasanta stretches from the mountains to the sea where the very popular sea resort of Marina di Pietrasanta, with its fine golden sand and a lot of trees (quite a few are umbrella pine trees) which offer pleasant shade in the hot summers, attracts people from central and northern Italy and more and more from abroad too.