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Pieve of San Martino

The Church

Clambering up the road leading from Seravezza to Azzano, the locality of La Cappella hosts the pieve of San Martino. Facing the marble quarries of Monte Altissimo, well-known by Michelangelo, and looking onto the valley of the stream Serra, with the sea in the distance, the pieve offers one of the most evocative views of the whole upper Versilia. In ancient times, the edifice was provided with a porch (destroyed by bombings of World War II), traditionally associated to the presence of Michelangelo himself in the area, in fact made by Donato Benti in 1538. The church existence was confirmed with certainty only at the end of the 13th century, when it was granted the baptismal font, although a religious building was likely present in the area at least since the 8th century, when the place-name ‘Capelle’ was documented. Despite of the various modifications occurred throughout the centuries, the edifice shows features of monumental simplicity that mark the Romanesque architecture of Lucca. Still today, the church is sided by an oratory dedicated to the Announced Virgin, of which only the walls are still in place. Set in a slightly lowered position, it is accessible through an ancient, paved path.

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How to get there

In auto e in moto
Autostrada A12 Genova-Livorno. Uscita Versilia. Prendere la Via Apua in direzione Pietrasanta. Proseguire in direzione nord-ovest sulla Via Aurelia Nord/SS1 e continuare sulla Via Provinciale Vallecchia/SP8. Svoltare a destra in Via Alcide De Gasperi/SP9. Dopo Seravezza, seguire la Via Monte Altissimo e poi la Via Martiri del Lavoro. Proseguire sulla Via Cappella.

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Versilia itinerary