Pietrasanta, Tuscany: Living With Art

My husband and I have been traveling around Tuscany for the last two weeks.  There are so many beautiful places that one can soon lose count of all there is to see.

One town not well-known by American tourists is the historic town of Pietrasanta in northwestern Tuscany.  Pietrasanta has been a marble and art town since before the time of Michelangelo who came here to find the whitest possible marble.  Henry Moore also spent much time in Pietrasanta and, today, artists such as Fernando  Botero live here part of the year.

On of the most valuable gifts from Pietrasanta to the world are the marble artisans who take the clay or plaster cast sculptures of the artists and transform them in beautiful marble statues.  They still use their old manual instruments to transform the dimensions of the small originals to the large statues.  They do have some modern machinery and computer help now but most of the work is still done by hand by specialized artisans.

The statuary was beautiful and it was also fun to see works by Gina Lollobrigida and the figures of Superman and Batman.

Most any significant marble work of art or architecture has originated in Pietrasanta.  Pietrasanta is also a center for foundry work. Old works of art stand next to the new such as the paradise and inferno frescoes by Botero.

Our dear friend Ambra escorted us to a very large and well-known marble workshop Laboratorio Cervietti where we witnessed some of the marble workmanship first-hand and saw sculptures from past exhibits.  This was indeed a special treat.

The small town is also full of art galleries, shops, excellent  restaurants and wine shops and boutique hotels. There are often exhibits near the central ‘piazza’ near the beautiful duomo and campanile.  One can sit at the Caffe Michelangelo and gaze out at all the goings on.

Pietrasanta is definitely worth a visit.

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