Provincia di Lucca » THE CHURCHES

Pieve of Santo Stefano e San Giovanni Battista

The Church

At a few kilometres from Camaiore, lying on the hills bordering the Via Francigena towards the sea, the locality of Pieve appears with its few houses, dominated by the church of Santi Giovanni Battista e Stefano. An ancient pieve with jurisdiction on a wide territory, already existing in the 9th  C., yet built in its present forms in the 12th century, it saw the growth and development of the centre of Camaiore until when, in the 14th century, it had to cede to the ‘town’ church the right to baptize, keeping but the place-name.
A steep uphill paved in ancient stones leads to the edifice. The monastic complex can be reached walking on the right side. Rich in history and stratifications, it is currently making the object of restoration works.
The baptismal font guarded inside is a late-ancient, reworked sarcophagus.

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12th century

People and legends

Saint Fridianus

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 verso la Via Bellosguardo/SP1. Continuare a seguire la SP1 e svoltare a sinistra in Frazione Pieve di Camaiore. Proseguire per Via Gattarella e prendere la 3ª a destra.

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