Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 7, 2022

Pietrasanta again

Pietrasanta is one of my favourite towns in Italy. It is on the Versilia Coast and is an easy drive from our apartment in Bagni di Lucca. We usually go just for the day, but before we returned to Australia in June we decided to stay overnight to see a different side of the town.

Even though I go often to Pietrasanta I am still delighted by the lovely streets with hidden corners, great shopping, restaurants and a stunning piazza usually filled with art installations.

We checked into Hotel Paridis and set off to explore the town.



We loved our aperitivo in the piazza.

The town looks lovely at night.

The hotel was wonderful, take a look inside. It has a restaurant, 2 bars, an internal terrace a terrace facing the square.

A turret which formed part of the original defensive walls around the town is incorporated in the hotel.

We walked through it to the outside terrace where we had dinner.

The food was excellent.

The next morning breakfast was on top of the turret.

I think you can see why I love Pietrasanta. The historic centre in a little inland from the beach. There is another part of the town beside the seaside. One day I will venture there, perhaps when I return to Italy in September.

There are lots of posts about Pietrasanta…

Art and lunch in Pietrasanta

Medieval fun in Pietrasanta

Botero in Pietrasanta

Wet art in Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta revisited

Art and food at Pietrasanta

Art in Pietrasanta



  1. I have always loved your stories about Pietrasanta and have it on my list to visit when we will stay in Lucca next year finally. It looks lovely ❤️

    • It is lovely. It is interesting to see how different it is in summer. Usually I am not there for the high season. Lots of shops open just for a few months and the town becomes quite lively. It is great fun, but I also like in the the off season when it is less busy.

  2. Pietrasanta is ahidden treaasure, and I hope it remains that way, not over run by tourists.

    • It doesn’t seem to attract many foreign tourists. It is pleasantly busy in summer and still OK in winter.

  3. It is such a lovely place to visit – and the hotel looks gorgeous.

    • The hotel was wonderful. I will be back to visit Pietrasanta soon,

  4. Just loved your Post on Pietrasanta it looks wonderful & no wonder you are lookibg forward to returning again. The walks you took us on are just delightful. Too much to see & comment on.

    • Pietrasanta is a beautiful town and gets better every year.

  5. Pietrasanta is a lovely town.

    • It is a great place to visit.

  6. Thanks again Debora , can you please suggest a similar style Hotel in Milano ?
    Ciao Richard & Jill

    • I don’t know of a similar hotel in Milano. I usually stay at Hotel Aosta, near the station, because of its handy location.

  7. WP doesn’t make it easy to comment – BUT I was determined to thank you for sharing about Pietrasanta! I’m itching to return (the last & only time I was there was with you years ago! Grazie for the inspiration!

    • Who knows how the comments thing works?? I love Pietrasanta and am happy I live close enough to visit regularly.

  8. Perhaps you should take a tour from Oz sometime, based in the house at Bagni de Lucca, small group.

    • That is a job for professionals!

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