History and Culture in Versilia

The Arianna Hotel is the ideal starting point for excursions to the most beautiful places of Versilia, famous for its sandy beaches and nightlife, which offers many opportunities for lovers of art and history.

Just 4.5 kilometers from the hotel, inland, you can visit Pietrasanta, nicknamed Little Athens because of the intense artistic activity that characterized it and the presence of numerous art galleries. The town is often the scene of open-air exposure, especially in the spectacular Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the fourteenth-century cathedral. Another feature of the town are the walls, of which is still visible a large portion that is illuminated at night creating an impressive spectacle.

Perhaps less known, but all very close and worthy of note are:

Camaiore, with the Abbey of St. Peter, dating from the eighth century and whose village marina, Lido di Camaiore, in the summer is one of the liveliest;

Torre del Lago where you can visit the house (now museum) where Giacomo Puccini spent the last years of his life and where there are other splendid mansions like Villa Orlando and Villa Borbone. Here, every summer, a renowned opera festival dedicated to Puccini takes place;

Valdicastello, birthplace of Carducci, whose house is a small museum, worth a visit, not so much for the small town as for the sweetness of the valley in which it is located. Gentle slopes, meadows and trees, which contain unexpected treasures as the ancient Pieve di S. Giovanni e S. Felicita, the oldest monument of all Versilia.

Finally, you can not miss Viareggio, which despite being a modern city reminds us of the splendor of the twenties and thirties, with its beautiful houses in Liberty style named "Viareggine" and where you can still see the Torre Matilde built in 1542.

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