Nestled in the backdrop of the Apuan Alps is the cheerful town of Pietrasanta, a place well known to important figures in the art world such as 21st century artist Igor Mitoraj who once said about the area: “I remember when I arrived here by train ... the scents, the fast-changing landscapes, the colours. It was love at first sight.” And it is not hard to see why.
This elegant town dates back to the 13th century and has long embraced artistic expression along the Via Francigena pilgrim path, especially towards those who embrace sculpture (due to its close access to the nearby marble quarries). Thus, it is perfectly permeated with art galleries and museums to bring out anyone’s inner creative soul.
Personally, I find it to be an endlessly charming stop to “just be” even if only for a day, a welcome break from the busy sandy beaches that lie not far from the center. The summer is when the city really comes alive, perhaps because of the easy beach access and pretty squares just beckoning you to linger over a drink.