A VIEW OF THE OLD TOWN CENTRE
“Cesare Augusto Ambrosi” Museum of Stele statues
The museum is housed inside the Piagnaro Castle. It contains a series of Stele Statues, anthropomorphic sculptures that represent the most important artifacts of prehistoric times for Lunigiana, and are part of the wider phenomenon of European statues. They cover a chronological period that goes from the Copper Age to Roman Times. The meaning and purpose of these finds is still an open question. According to the most accredited theories they represent male and female gods protecting the various aspects of human life.
Info: open every day from 9,00 a.m. to noon and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Closet Mondays (in winter), open every day from 9,00 a.m. to noon and from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. (in summer).
Cooperativa Puntremal - tel 0187 831439
Chiesa di S. Giorgio (11th century)
A splendid example of Romanesque architecture with a perfectly preserved apse.
Duomo (17th century)
The construction work started in 1636. The building, designed by A. Capra from Cremona, has a Latin-cross plan, with a central nave and an “airy” dome. The interior, decorated with rich stuccoes, is lit by a spectacular “Ligurian style” lighting system and contains numerous lateral altars and confessionals made of polychrome marble.
The Campanone (14th century)
Today, this is the symbol of the town. Originally it was the central tower of the Cazzaguerra wall, built by Castruccio Castracani degli Antelminelli in 1322 to divide the great piazza in two in order to keep the two rival factions, the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, separate. In 1578 the tower was transformed into a bell tower.
Accademia della Rosa Theatre (18th century)
Built in 1739 by 25 noble families of Pontremoli, it opened in 1772, and is a typical example of an eighteenth-century theatre. It is the oldest in the Apuan province.
Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco (today the parish church of S.S. Giovanni e Colombano)
According to tradition, the convent was built in 1219 after the Saint passed through Pontremoli.
The interior, with a nave and two aisles, is characterized by the stuccoes realized in the eighteenth century by the Ticino workshop of Portugalli. It houses many works of art, including a bas-relief by Agostino di Duccio portraying the Madonna with Child, the wooden Choir realized by Luchino da Parma, The Ecstasy of Saint Francis by G.B. Cignaroli and the Crucifixion by Guido Reni.
OUTSIDE THE CENTRE
Santuario della SS. Annunziata
A convent complex with one single nave, a raised apse and two spacious lateral chapels. It contains several works of art including a fresco from the fifteenth-century portraying the Annunciation, the octagonal marble shrine traditionally attributed to Sansovino, the “pala dell' Adorazione dei Magi” by L. Cambiaso, the seventeenth century wooden “sagrestia” by friar Francesco Battaglia da Mignegno, the trompe l’oeil by F. Natali, the Quattrocento polyptych of the Madonna on the throne and Evengelists of the Genoa School, and the canvas of the Madonna and Saints by B. Tisi called “il Garofalo”. Make sure you see the two Renaissance cloisters in the Convent.
Following the many shady paths in the valleys around Pontremoli you can stroll through the woods of turkey oaks, beech and chestnut trees, in a real “paradise” of bramble fruits. A truly relaxing way to discover the rich historical-natural heritage of the valleys. The landscape of these valleys is dotted with charming towns and villages, as well as isolated farmsteads. Take a stroll along the Magra and its tributaries to discover the marvelous panorama of uncontaminated nature.
FOOD AND WINE
A traditional Pontremoli dish is “testaroli”.
The zone is also famous for its cakes: the “Amor” and the “Spongata”, a traditional Christmas cake with a variety of nuts including hazelnuts and almonds, honey, pine kernels, chocolate and candied fruits. Don’t forget to taste the “torte d'erbi” savory pie, the mushrooms, the chestnuts and the honey, acknowledged at a national level with the PDO mark.