Badia San Pietro a Camaiore
Places of worship

Badia di San Pietro a Camaiore

Founded in the VII century by Benedictine monks, for a long time it was a reference point along the Via Francigena

Via XX Settembre, 63

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.

Near Forte dei Marmi the town offers a low-key version of the beach holiday
Located in the foothills of the Apuan Alps, this small town dates back to Roman times. After founding Lucca, the Romans created a series of small villages at the foot of Mount Prana. One of these villages is the present day Camaiore, which gets its name from the ancient Campus Major—the large plain that connects Lucca and the gates of Luni. ...