Unlike most cities close to the Tuscan coast, Pietrasanta a long history, which is clearly visible in the cathedral of San Martino, which dates from the 1200s. Although a small town, she has several interesting old buildings, due to its reputation, above all the great artist colony, that has marked the city through the 1900s.
Why so many artists have chosen this particular town, becomes clear when we remember how near the large quarry in Carrara is located. The many prominent sculptors who have chosen to stay in the city permanently, or part of the year, has also shown that one can sense an exclusive atmosphere, delicious shops and elegant restaurants. On the large cathedral square you cn find several outdoor cafes and there are often temporary exhibitions of sculptures in the square.
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About halfway on the pedestrianized Via Giuseppe Mazzini you will find a small chapel, where the Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero (born 1932) has painted "heaven" and "hell" on each side wall. He is affiliated with the town, as he has house there and in periods is one of the approximately 26,000 inhabitants in the municipality. At the end of Via Giuseppe MazziniisPiazza Statuto, which is the market Thursday morning.