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Summer evenings in Italy...

Summer evenings in Italy...

Umbrellas in via Giuseppe Mazzini, Pietrasanta...

Umbrellas in via Giuseppe Mazzini, Pietrasanta...

Italy is surrounded by water. 7,600 chilometers of coastline. The sea tugs Italians in the Summer. Hot days at the beach, cool evenings out in the nearest town. Versilia, the flatland of Northwestern Tuscany, north of Pisa and south of Lerici, is one such summertime place. A series of towns all with conveniently attached beaches. Sarzana, Carrara, Massa, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Viareggio. Each has its own special atmosphere... always... but, more way festive from June to September. They pull folk in to stroll to see and be seen, sip cocktails on a piazza, dine out on pedestrian only via, dance till the wee hours under string of lights and the cool of trees.

Pietrasanta is smack in the middle. Famous for its marble industry pulling sculptors & artisans the world over to work their art, the town in the Summer is an eccentric mix of these stirred-in with vacationing Europeans and Summer-time Italian residents.

The town center is the Roman grid of streets passing through the main Piazza Duomo. From 6PM until past Midnight, you can sit at any one of several outdoor caffes and just oogle the parade of families, packs of kids eating gelati, grandparents totting grandchildren, women decked-out in the latest fashions... supported by equally decked-out and tan boy-friends or husbands lending an arm for support as the women tetter along on high platform sandals. Adjourn to the pedestrian grid full of delectable boutiques & shops or search the many bistro, trattorie and ristoranti to try out. Every type and taste. The parade continues.

The piazza and lateral streets are often an open-air art gallery, usually monumentally grand sculptures which, the crowd dodges around to & fro. Walking minstrals, fife & drum corps in Medieval costumes... must be horribly hot to wear... and street performers add their brand of entertainment to the festival-like air. To cap it all, the main artery of Pietrasanta, via Giuseppe Mazzini, is decorated with a colorful roof of umbrellas. No fear for rain. It's against the Noon-day sun or the evening chill. 

Your Italian Concierge knows Italy. For more details on Pietrasanta, the Versilia or, what you can see & do in the Summer in Italy, please contact us at advice@youritalianconcierge.com. Let us show you the Italy you desereve to experience... with our help.

Eating out... at a circolo

Eating out... at a circolo

Marble quaries of the Apuane Alps...

Marble quaries of the Apuane Alps...