Santuario Madonna del Piastraio

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Santuario Madonna del Piastraio

Santuario Madonna del Piastraio
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Brun066
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A sanctuary and its surrounding area rich of cultural and environmental values
Oct 2014 • Friends
This church-sanctuary is one of the main attractions of Stazzema, a small, nice town into the "Apuan Alps", behind the Versilia (the famous seaside Tuscan region).
The attraction is the church sanctuary itself, which has a long tradition of worship (although the present church dates back only to the nineteenth century) and then hosts inside high number of small pictures painted as a votive offering.
The church has been recently restored, and is thus in good condition. However, the venerated image of the Virgin Mary called "Madonna del bell'amore" (Our Lady of Beautiful Love), moved during the renovation, it isn't currently relocated in the church.
Normally the church isn't open: for the visit an advance notice by phone is requested.
The church is located in a secluded site, nestled in the woods, on a pedestrian street (200 mts) down from the center of Stazzema.
Finally, we can not stop us from reporting the exceptional value of another footpath, that, starting from the village below of "Ponte Stazzemese", reaches the sanctuary uphill through the wooded slope. It has recently been restored, as historical path that branched off of the "Via Francigena" (the medieval pilgrimage route that crossed the coastal plain) and is organized according to the stages of Jesus' journey to Calvary ("Way of the Cross").
Roughly half way along this path, not reported but clearly evident, is the entrance to one of the most amazing sights of the Apuan Alps: an abandoned marble quarry, not in the open air, but underground.
The vision of the vast underground halls of this quarry in my opinion is comparable with the famous, ancient "Latomies" around Siracusa (Sicily).
Written October 26, 2014
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