Welcome to Pietrasanta
Founded in 1255 by Guiscardo da Pietrasanta, the podestà (governing magistrate) of Lucca, Pietrasanta was seen as a prize by Genoa, Lucca, Pisa and Florence, all of which jostled for possession of its marble quarries and bronze foundries. Florence won out and Leo X (Giovanni de' Medici) took control in 1513, putting the town's quarries at the disposal of Michelangelo, who came here in 1518 to source marble for the facade of Florence's San Lorenzo. Artists continue to work here, including internationally lauded Colombian-born sculptor Fernando Botero (b 1932), whose work can be seen here.
Pietrasanta is a great base for exploring the Apuane Alps and a lovely day trip from Pisa or Viareggio.