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Abbey of San Pietro

The Church

The Abbey of San Pietro, simply ‘the abbey’ for the inhabitants of Camaiore, is what is left from a Benedictine abbey reported ever since the upper Middle Ages and competing with the nearby Pieve di Camaiore for the primacy of the oldest ecclesiastical institution of the area. Enclosed in the 13th century by a wide circle of embattled walls – whose evidence is but a single door opening in front of its façade – the monastic complex was a very important resting place for pilgrims, who could find assistance along the track of the Via Francigena. Indeed, the site was mentioned as an intermediate stopover between Lucca and Luni by Sigeric, archbishop of Canterbury, who stopped there between 990 and 994 on his way back from Rome to his home land.
The present church was built in the 12th century, yet it was reworked in several steps. The sections referring to the original construction – façade and apse – represent a clear, coherent example of Romanesque of Lucca, marked by a great architectural harmony, underlined by a regular masonry framework and by the lack of decorations.

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12th century

People and legends

The abbot of Camaiore

Sigeric of Canterbury

Giuseppe Pardini

How to get there

In auto e moto
Autostrada A11 Firenze Mare. Diramazione  Viareggio–Lucca. Uscita Viareggio Camaiore. 
Procedere in direzione sud-ovest da Piazza Giovanni XXIII verso Viale Guglielmo Oberdan. Proseguire sul Viale Guglielmo Oberdan, svoltare a sinistra in Piazza Carlo Romboni e continuare su Via Badia. 

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