I had never even heard of Pietrasanta before the day we boarded our spiffy bus to actually go there. Funnily enough, this medieval town, which is located near the coast of northern Tuscany, is actually in the province of Lucca, so it was very near to where my little trip began (and incidentally, I think that it would make a great day trip from Lucca; it's only around 30 kilometres away).
At the risk of sounding completely repetitive about every place that we visited, Pietrasanta was lovely. The town is known for its artisans and the main square is, unexpectedly, full of modern sculptures, which somehow seem to work despite their ancient surrounds. The square and surrounding side streets are full of colour, beautiful little details and, very importantly, fabulous boutiques - vintage stores, clothing, shoes, jewellery, homewares, art ... I could have done a lot of financial damage there but was reasonably restrained (thank goodness that I have photography to distract me from spending all my money!) :)
After a free afternoon, we all met up for dinner at Il Lunedi' De Lo Studio - a little bit hidden, but so worth seeking out. We had planned to eat in the courtyard, surrounded by lemon trees and fairy lights (so very pretty!), but a giant thunderstorm and pouring rain put an end to that. Nevertheless, the food and wine were amazing, although some of us may have had a little too much of the latter and accidentally set a menu on fire (I thought that only happened in the movies, hehe).
All photographs © Natasha Calhoun
Il Lunedi' De Lo Studio
Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 38, Pietrasanta