Pietrasanta is a tiny town located on the northern coast of Tuscany. It takes about one and a half hours to get there on the train from Florence, with a change in Pisa. I have been there a few times, usually for art exhibits. It is a charming little town with a wonderful main piazza at the foot of the Apuan Mountains.
We went there after the Palazzo Blu exhibit in Pisa to see another Salvador Dali exhibit of statues. That exhibit is closed now, but it is still worth a trip to this tiny town. When we arrived, there was a large market going on and it was very festive and added, even more, fun and intrigue to this lovely place.
In the main piazza stands the Duomo surrounded by outside cafes. Near the Duomo is another church, San Agostino, which is now used for art exhibits as part of the Museo dei Bozzetti. This museum always has wonderful exhibits and is usually free to the public. You can see more on their website here.
Michelangelo was one of the first sculptor’s to recognize Pietrasanta for it’s wonderful marble. Since then, many notable people have visited and lived in Pietrasanta, including the Columbian painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero.