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Historic and artistic capital of Versilia, Pietrasanta remains faithful to its tradition, showing examples of religious, military and civilia architecture. Without any doubt Piazza Duomo is the undiscussed value of the town. Dominated by the Rocca di Sala (XIV century, which rises from the homonymous hill with its bastion and embattled walls in a thick olive-grove).
Hearth of the historic center, the square is encircled by the San Martino's Cathedral (XIV century) with its red brick belltower, the Sant'Agostino's church (XIV century), the Torre delle Ore (XVI century), and sober buildings among which the Palazzo Pretorio (XIV century), Palazzo Panichi (or Carli) and the Rocchetta Arrighina (XIV century) and the Palazzo Moroni (XVI century).
The square is moreover embellished by the Fonte del Marzocco (XVI century), the Colonna della Libertŕ (XVI century) and the monument to Leopoldo II (XIX century). Other important buildings of the historic center of Pietrasanta are: the Sant'Antonio Abate's church (XIV century) that houses two large frescoes by Fernando Botero, San Francesco's church (XVI century) and the Palazzo della Posta Vecchia (XVI century).
The monumental church building of Sant'Agostino's church, with the ancient former monastery ofAugustinian friars is not only the center of important exhibitions, but also an intense activity congress in its Cultural Center Luigi Russo that houses the local Library Giosuč Carducci, the Center for Studies of Historic and Contemporary Gardens and the Museo dei Bozzetti. This very unusual museum means that Pietrasanta has become popular as an international reference point for people interested in sculpturing. The museum, born in 1984, gathers sketches, models and drawings of sculptures carried out by over 250 Italian and foreign artists who did or are still doing their work in one of the many artistic studios in Versilia. Some of the famous artists that we can find in this museum are: Adam, Bloc, Botero, Cascella, Cesar, Consagra, Finotti, Fonseca, Gilardi, Gilioli, Guadagnucci, Ipousteguy, Mitoraj, Murabito, Nivola, Noguci, Penalba, G. Pomodoro, Signori e L. Tommasi.

There is an area of Pietrasanta, that is a real administrative island; its name is Strettoia.


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