Palazzo Visdomini is in the very heart of the historical centre of Pietrasanta, a small town better known as the “little Athens of Versilia”. It is rich in art, especially sculptures by artists of all times, from Michelangelo Buonarroti to contemporary sculptors like Pomodoro and Botero; and the illustrious marble caves of Carrara are within its reach. Even today this charming town of Tuscany attracts world-famous artists and offers its visitors a large open-air museum, the International Park of Contemporary Sculpture, which radiates from the Cathedral Square. The surrounding natural beauties of this Tuscany area are equally attractive: in this area the Apuan Alps stretch almost to the sea of Versilia, 30 minutes away. Tourists arrived here already in the 19th century and settled in Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore and Forte dei Marmi. Another attraction in the vicinity is Colonnata, an ancient town where the Romans would select their marble; today it is also known for its lard, which has its own special connection to marble, being seasoned in containers of this material.
Palazzo Visdomini is an elegant edifice of three floors built in the late 19th century by a powerful old family from Florence; at the beginning of the following century it belonged to the Marquis Ernesto Umberto Dazzini Visdomini. The current owner has had it restored with the intent to preserve the atmosphere of those times while ensuring that the interiors adapt to the needs of the modern traveller. Period architectural features and antique furniture blend with contemporary artworks and with the marble, so typical of Tuscany. At the rear of the Palazzo Visdomini a lovely walled garden with a patio area, a fountain and a small pool, provides an unexpected haven of privacy in the heart of a pedestrianised area.
On the ground floor are the communal lounge, spacious and luminous, the sun porch, whose large windows look on to the garden, and a well-equipped kitchen corner.
All rooms, situated on the second and third floor of the building, are different and range in size from the four luxury suites (approx. 50 square metres), to the 3rd floor loft and an elegant double bedroom (approx. 25 square metres). They have marble or wooden floors, and are furnished with antiques and modern art; the timber ceiling beams have been left exposed, while the walls are painted in yellows, blues and greens. The bathrooms are all finished with marble of many kinds.