The "Little Athens" of Versilia
Pietrasanta is a splendid town in Versilia, in the province of Lucca, which has retained its medieval charm intact. Strolling through the historic center, among cobbled alleys and shaded squares, one can breathe an atmosphere from another time. The heart is Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the imposing Cathedral of San Martino with its beautiful marble facade. All around the square there are ancient noble palaces, such as Palazzo Moroni and Palazzo Guinigi.
But what makes Pietrasanta unique is its lively artistic and artisanal tradition. Nicknamed "the little Athens of Versilia," it hosts numerous craftsmen's workshops and laboratories where serena stone is worked. The center literally teems with sculpture studios that exhibit magnificent works.
Among the artists who have contributed to creating this evocative atmosphere is Fernando Botero: the famous Colombian sculptor and painter has opened his own studio in Pietrasanta, to draw inspiration from its beauty. Strolling through the historic center, one can admire some of his monumental bronze sculptures that adorn the squares and streets of the city; in addition, his personal collection is permanently exhibited at the Museum of Plaster Casts. Pietrasanta can be considered in full right the adopted city and inspiring muse of Botero.