Art and culture in Pietrasanta
In Pietrasanta everything seems to be about art, so much so that it has been dubbed the “Little Athens” of Versilia. With art galleries, bronze foundries and contemporary exhibitions, over the years Pietrasanta has become the refuge of many artists who have chosen to live and work here, such as Joan Miró, Fernando Botero, Jean Michel Folon, Igor Mitoraj and Gio’ Pomodoro. You should also visit the Museum of Sketches and the Musa, the virtual museum of sculpture and architecture.
The old town of Pietrasanta is a treasure trove: on Piazza del Duomo there are the majority of the most important historical buildings and monuments in Pietrasanta from the majestic Cathedral and the streets of the town centre. Beautiful art can be seen even on the monuments that adorn the roundabouts outside of the town centre and in the city’s museums.
Also, do not forget that the village of Valdicastello, in the town of Pietrasanta, was the birthplace of Carducci. The poet and writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature spent his childhood in Valdicastello and today his house is a museum dedicated to his life, where there are furnishings, memories and illustrative panels.
Another famous author who lived in Versilia was Gabriele D’Annunzio, to be precise in the villa in the Versiliana Park where he composed works such as “The Rain in the Pinewood” and “Undulna”.