Camaiore: All you need to know
These places are easily reachable from Pietrasanta thanks to comfortable roads and highways. Many towns are situated on the hills around Camaiore, all worthy to be visited. Moreover some of them own a lot of particularly valuable monuments and interesting facilities. After having visited Camaiore's historical centre and the neighbouring Benedictin Abbey, you could witness the manifacturing of wrought iron by the Ferreria di Candalla, whose hammer is still water-functioning. Moreover you could visit the ancient Romanic church in Pieve and walk through the woods in Lucese, where the most ancient human settlements of this zone were found.
The abbey in Camaiore
Just out the town centre, toward the mountains, is St. Peter Abbey, founded by the Benedictin monks (VIII-XIII century). This is characterized by the typical Romanic architecture (three waves and a bell-tower) and you can reach it passing through a wonderful thirteen century portal which is still keeping a part of the walls limiting the monastery.
Proceeding towards Lucca along the Freddana provincial road and just after Camaiore's historical town-centre, the road starts climbing and you can see beautiful sightseeings of Camaiore's basin at every sharp turn. Once you reach Montemagno pass (224 mt) the roads starts sloping sweetly towards the shadowy Freddana valley. After La Rena, a place where is the road from Massarosa, the road keeps climbing with continuous bends until the uncient village situated on Calvario's mountain slope (492 mt. above sea level). This village, made by many old houses clung to the rock one next to the other, is inhabited by people probably from Emilia Romagna and experts in iron and copper manufacture. This zone have constituted a linguistic area in which the Gaul-Roman dialect was spoken until recent times.
The church in Camaiore
Proceeding along the way towards Lucca after about 20 km. you come across the fork towards a place nemed Pieve where is the church devoted to St. John and St. Steven. This Romanic building, built during the XIIth century, has a bell-tower with mullioned windows on three different floors. The baptismal font inside was originally a precious Roman stone coffin belonging to the tird century .
What to see in the Surroundings
We have selected 4 interesting things to see nearby.
If four are few and are not enough for you then read our posts , you will find many ideas to spend your holiday in Versilia with your family, alone, as a couple or with your friends.
Camaiore How to reach:
Tramite autostrada è raggiungibile dal sud, attraverso Autosole A1, fino a Firenze, e poi attraverso la Firenze Mare A11 e la Livorno-Genova A12. Dal Nord attraverso Autosole A1 fino a Parma e poi l'autostrada della Cisa A15 fino a S. Stefano, e quindi A12 Genova-Livorno. Through motorway is reachable from SOUTH, through Autosole A1, as far as Firenze and then through the Firenze Mare A11 and the Livorno-Genova A12. From NORTH through Autosole A1 as far as Parma and then through the Cisa A15 to S.Stefano, and then through the A12 Genova-Livorno.
Tollhouse: Versilia or Viareggio
- Line: Ventimiglia-Torino-Genova-Pisa-Firenze-Roma
- Line : Genova-Parma-Bologna
- Line : Livorno-Milano
- Railway station of Querceta
The international airports in Pisa, Genoa and Florence provide reliable transport to the main city.