From Pietrasanta, we head towards Seravezza, following the Vallecchia road before getting on the SP 9 for around 7km. Seravezza, a very old town that dates back to the year 1000, has gone through many different interesting periods of history, all linked to iron and marble mining from the surrounding caves. Today, it’s the gateway to the Parco Regionale delle Apuane or the Apuane regional park.
In the town, don’t miss out on visiting the Palazzo Mediceo, built by Cosimo I de’ Medici in a strategic area for mining. The building, originally attributed to Bartolomeo Ammannati, may have actually been designed by Bernardo Buontalenti. Used in the past as a prison and then as a municipal building, today it’s the seat of the Municipal Library, the Labor, History and Popular Traditions Museum. The strong façade suggests the building’s original architectural purpose as a fortified villa: an internal courtyard is host to a fine marble well that is entirely built from a monolithic block with columns and architraves decorated with zoological figures.
In the same time period, the Cathedral was rebuilt to be dedicated to saints Lorenzo and Barbara. The building conceals a baptismal font sculpted by Stagio Stagi, a richly decorated altar in multi-tone marble and a silver crucifix by Pollaiolo.
Located in Azzano, the Pieve della Cappella dedicated to S.Martino, is entirely made of marble on a site dating back to the year 1000. Between 1518 and 1536, the church was embellished with a portico designed by Michelangelo (unfortunately destroyed during World War II) and a rosette called “the eye of Michelangelo”.