Pietrasanta is the perfect starting point for those wishing to visit the most important marble quarries and marble artisan workshops in Versilia. In fact, the town centre is full of artisan workshops where marble sculptures are still carved today and there is also the Museo dei Bozzetti (the Bozzetti Museum). This museum was opened in 1984 and contains the most important plaster cast models and designs for marble sculptures from the whole Versilia region. The museum’s collection is constantly growing and contains work by local and international artists. The city of Forte dei Marmi is another important place to visit for those tracing the history of marble in the region. The town’s name itself (‘marmi’ means marble) comes from the fact that traditionally this port was where marble brought down from the mountains behind the town was collected and then shipped to other Tuscan cities.
In the town of Querceta there are several artisan workshops where marble goods are made and sold internationally. From Querceta its also possible to visit the white marble caves in the Apuane mountains, such as the caves at Monte Altissimo and Monte Corchia. Not far from Querceta is the town of Seravezza which is home to the Museo del Lavoro e delle Tradizioni Popolari della Versilia Storica (the Museum of Popular Traditions and Trades from the Versilia Region). The museum is in the Palazzo Mediceo and contains many ancient marble statues and sculptures. Finally, in the centre of Pomezzana (a small village not far from Stazzema) is an ancient ironmongers where the traditional tools used to extract marble from the mountains and then to carve and sculpt it are produced.
Source: Provincia di Lucca