Source: Versilia Tourist Information Office
Founded in the VII century by Benedictine monks, the Abbey of St. Peter with its monastic complex surrounded by a wall, was for a long time a reference point on the route of the Via Francigena. It is the last part that remains of the Benedictine monastery of the same name founded around 761 along the Via Francigena. Despite numerous integrations and re-buildings, even recent, following the numerous seismic events that have occurred, the installation is the same Romanesque-Benedictine original and access is still gained via the ancient convent door, today the only trace that survives of the monastic complex.
Inserted along the road that links Lucca to Luni, the Church has always been identified as a place of extraordinary logistic importance. Of the primitive structure today we can see the austere, three-naved building; the apse and the low part of the façade are completely original. The 17th-century organ is noteworthy, of German-style “Bachian” manufacture, characterised by its particular tone and construction, and every year is at the centre-stage for the International “Città di Camaiore” Organ Festival that is held in the abbey in July and August.