Lido di Camaiore seafront
Camaiore is an important municipal district of Versilia (with over 30.000 inhabitants), spreading out from the impressive peaks of the Apuan Alps to the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is almost a basin surrounded by hills.
It is a town boasting many monuments such as the Collegiate Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption (13th century), the Bell Tower (14th century) and the fine Abbey of Saint Peter (7th century). In Diaz square it is possible to find the Sacred Art Museum, which shows pieces of forniture, paintings and vestments (13th to 16th century), and the ancient church of San Michele, destroyed in 1944, now reconstructed in the original shape. Other centres of interests are the Tori Massoni Palace (seat of the Archeological Museum) and the Theatre of Olivo, open to the public for concerts and expositions.
Today, Camaiore is an important agricultural and commercial centre and, among its jewels, it counts the well known towns of Lido di Camaiore (a nice bathing resort which was called Fossa dell’Abate in the past and has now a wide range of beautiful sandy beaches and a terraced promenade full of shops and restaurants) and Capezzano Pianore (which was famous in the past thanks for the production of strawberries, while it is well–known today for its active floriculture). Lido di Camaiore has been choosen also in the past as a bathing resort by several personalities like Gabriele D'Annunzio, Eleonora Duse, Vittorio Emanuele III, Guglielmo Marconi and Galileo Chini.
The surroundings of Camaiore represent a paradise for excursionists, thanks to the natural and artistic beauties it is possible to admire. From the Apuan's peaks it is easy to reach the adjacent hilly villages as far as the Seimiglia area. Lombrici (located in the ex mill's valley, famous for its factories and oil–mills), Monteggiori (resort often choosen by artists and showmen), Casoli, Gombitelli (well–known today thanks to ironwork), Pieve di Camaiore (seat of the Pieve of S. Stefano, that's to say one of the five Versilia's historical pievi).