Medieval downtown, Pietrasanta, Art Town, Tuscany
From $112 / night
- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 4
Description from the owner
We rent six lovely apartments in Pietrasanta, in the old Medieval center of Pietrasanta, Tuscany. Our Family Palazzo (Palazzo Ferretti) dates back to the 18th century, and it was renovated in 2000. Since then it has been a vacation rental for artists and tourists. Palazzo Ferretti has a 200 square meter garden (equipped with tables, sun-beds, chairs, umbrellas, BBQ) and a usefull 100 square meter courtyard. The apartment is composed of one large living-dining room with double sofa bed and fully equipped kitchen corner, one double bedroom, one full bathroom. WIFI internet is available at free of charge.
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Medieval downtown, Pietrasanta, Art Town, Tuscany
Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy
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1) Characteristics of Pietrasanta
Pietrasanta is a medieval town near Lucca and Pisa. Pietrasanta has been the marble capital since the times of Michelangelo, and today the town has a lot of art galleries, marble studios and bronze foundries, as well as Italian fashion shops, luxury beaches and wonderful mountains (Apuan Alps). In the house where Michelangelo spent some months of his life, looking for the marble block of his masterpiece "Pietà" (today in the Vatican museum, in Rome), tourists can drink an espresso coffee and admire the main "Piazza" (Cathedral square). A lot of restaurants of the Versilia coastal have moved to Pietrasanta in the last 10 years, as the town has become the centre of the high-quality tourism.
Artists use to rent my apartments because they are really in downtown, very close to the main studios and, at the same time, they are very comfortable and cozy.
Tourists use to rent my apartments because Pietrasanta is the ideal location for day trips to Pisa (30 km, 20 minutes by train), Florence (90 km, 90 minutes by train), Lucca (40 km, one hour by bus), 5 Terre (50 km, one hour by train), Carrara (20 km, 30 minutes by train), Camaiore (15 km, 30 minutes by bus), Viareggio (20 km, 12 minutes by train).
Pietrasanta has a lot of historical monuments, such as "Rocca di Sala" (XIV century), San Martino's Cathedral (XIV), Sant'Agostino's church (XIV century), Tower of the Hours (XVI), Rocchetta Arrighina (XIV century), Fonte del Marzocco (XVI century), Column of Liberty (XVI century) and the monument to Leopoldo II (XIX century), as well as many modern art works, thanks to a long list of international artists (email: hidden) or work there, such as Yan Kasuda, Fernando Botero, Michel Folon, Adam, Bloc, Cascella, Igor Mitoraj, G. Pomodoro and Gina Lollobrigida (the Italian Hollywood star).
If you do not have a car, you can use the train or the bus to visit the surrounding towns. If you rent a bike, there is a good bike path (very safe even for children) from Pietrasanta downtown to Marina di Pietrasanta (seaside), and from there towards Forte dei Marmi (Northboud) and towards Lido di Camaiore-Viareggio (Southbound). You could be interested in shopping in the main streets of Pietrasanta (the pedestrian one and the surrounding streets), and I suggest the open market in Forte dei Marmi on Wednesday morning (it's one of the best open market in Tuscany, as far as shoes and clothing are concerned).
2) How to drive into the traffic limitation zone (ZTL) and to get to Via del Paduletto 12 (where you can park in the courtyard).
You can drive into the traffic limitation zone (ZTL) every day from 7.30 to 10 a.m. and from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m.;
Usually, I suggest to all the guests NOT to drive into via del Paduletto, but to park the car OUTSIDE the ZTL area, as the medieval streets are so narrow. Don’t drive into the narrow medieval streets and park your car behind the railway station (not in front of it), and walk 10 minutes to get home (use the pedestrian underpass, and pass under the Porta Arrighina to get to Piazza del Duomo). Pietrasanta downtown is very small, and you can cross all the downtown in 15 minutes. In addition, I remind you that Pietrasanta is a very safe area and you can park your car everywhere without any problem for thieves. In the last ten years, I have never heard about car thieves (touch wood!). From the railway station, in 10-minute walk you are at home without any problem concerning driving in the medieval area, full of “one ways” and very narrow streets.
This is the “bad news” of the ZTL traffic limitation zone, whereas the “good news” is the quietness and the safety of the area where your Family spends its holiday
3) How to park outside the downtown:
- you can park on the back of the railways station (not in front of it), at a large free parking area where there is the bus station “CLAP” (ask me for the parking area map). It is not far from the downtown (it is 10 minute walk from via del Paduletto), as you can walk under the railways: use the pedestrian underpass, and have a nice walk through the Porta Arrighina and Piazza del Duomo.
It could be difficult to find the right way to get there by car, as it is just before the overpass on the railways (via Vincenzo Santini on the map) on the left. If you come from the highway, on the Aurelia street, you have to turn left at the Pietrasanta cross and to turn left again at the first street and to turn right after very few meters.
- you can park in downtown at the blue line parking for one month if you buy a monthly voucher that costs 45 euro; there are not weekly or day voucher, but the monthly voucher is cheaper than the all-day-long tariff; display the voucher into the car; you can park everywhere in Pietrasanta on the blue lines (but not at Marina)
- you can park at the other free parking areas (look at the map) without any limit.
What to do the first day of your arrival:
- park at Piazza dello Statuto: pay for one hour and leave the car at the opposite of the entrance, towards the hill;
- walk to the apartment (3 minutes) through Via del Teatro and the narrow Vicolo delle Rane;
- take the keys (look at the pictures) and enter the apartment;
- check the streets and the time: if you can afford to drive into the downtown, park your car in the courtyard, otherwise park it for one hour at Piazza dello Statuto and take the baggage with you on walk;
- after a while, you can drive to the free car parking area, and leave the car there because you do not need it during your holidays (10 minutes from the apartment)
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Last updated on December 10, 2014
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- Washing Machine
- Central heating
- Local Guides/Maps
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Housekeeping Optional
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no