Pietrasanta is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Beloved by locals, the town is fairly well-known amongst the Italians themselves, and yet seems relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. This wonderful Medieval town is only 30 minutes from Pisa airport, and 3 Km from the golden beaches of Tuscany. Charming and stylish, Pietrasanta was once home to the famous artist Michelangelo, who lived and studied sculpting here.
Today, it retains its arty feel, with a community of renowned artists and sculptors, and has become the haunt of the internationally famous. Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith loves the Enotecca restaurant, for example, and sculptors Henry Moore, Botero, and Mitoraj have all spent time working and exhibiting their works of art in the town. Giorgio Armani, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Kidman, and Roman Abramovich are just some of the stars who favour the area for their Italian beach holidays. The town has many authentic restaurants serving food which will satisfy the most discerning of pallets.
Café life spills out on to the square, which allows the time to be whiled away in an idyllic setting, perhaps with a cappuccino or glass of local wine in your hand. Traffic is restricted in the narrow streets, allowing local artists to set up their easels and show off their latest masterpieces. ..and who knew this undiscovered gem was so close? Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy have specialised in Italian villa holidays since 1973. In particular, this family run company offer quality villas with pools in and around Lucca and Tuscany’s golden coast.
Low cost flights to Pisa, the main airport in Tuscany, are available from Manchester with Jet 2, and Liverpool with Ryanair, although a number of operators are now flying to the area. Some of these only run during the summer months, so availability may depend on when you are flying. It is also worth bearing in mind that half term holidays and other events can be more expensive, although flexi- arrival days are available on some properties, allowing customers to avoid expensive Saturday flights.
BRITISH AIRWAYS: LONDON GATWICK – PISA
EASY JET: BRISTOL -PISA
RYANAIR: LONDON STANSTED 7 LIVERPOOL TO PISA
JET 2: NEWCASTLE, MANCHESTER, LEEDS, BRADFORD TO PISA
THOMSON FLY: MANCHESTER, BOURNEMOUTH & COVENTRY TO PISA
Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy
217 Monton Rd, Monton Village
0161 787 8587
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