To Pietrasanta with Love . . .

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there is plenty of beauty to fall in love with at the Albergo Pietrasanta hotel.
Or while you are there, simply fall in love all over again with that special someone.

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Although, it was a grand seventh century palazzo (palace), the property is not ostentatious in its appearance. In fact, if you are not careful, its simple yet elegant façade and glass entrance could be easily mistaken for one of the many stylish art galleries that are dotted along the medieval streets of Pietrasanta.

 

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Each sleeping room is more beautiful than the next and with more fabulous space, depending on the room type or suite. All are to die for, especially if you are travelling from other parts of Europe. Not only do they offer luxury amenities, but every detail is thought of from the beautiful soft furnishings right down to a shaver with shaving cream! The period furniture is elegant and all the rooms have wonderful natural light. If you are lucky, you may have a room overlooking the romantic courtyard.

As you enter the lounge area, ahead lies in a glass atrium the dining room. The first thing that meets the eye is a beautifully landscaped garden, cleverly designed to connect with the unobtrusive converted stables on the other side of a peaceful and quiet space. They even have a small gym, off the garden, a great place to stretch or warm up before your exercise. Inside the atrium dining room, the menu is ever pleasing to the eye and to your stomach, along with the beautifully chilled prosecco served daily.

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The Albergo Pietrasanta hotel is in a small town known for its art and its attraction of celebrities and famous artists such as Fernando Botero and Alfonso Cuarón (Oscar-winning director for Gravity).

Another unknown celebrity, Barbara Pardini is the jewel of the property, and the general manager. She brings a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the hotel, which embodies all of the beautiful things that you will experience upon your visit – specifically, the unique and niche one of a kind experiences that only she can provide for you to experience as a guest at Albergo Pietrasanta. She offers this and more in order to enhance your stay at this exquisite venue. Her wonderful and warm aura is so inviting, you can’t imagine anything that she organizes for you not exceeding expectations – but they do!

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A few of the trips she organized were a trip to Carrerra, notable for the white or blue-grey marble quarried there which is the same marble, quarried hundreds of years ago for some of the Michelangelo’s statues. It’s a sight to behold and driving up the marble mountain in a 4×4 is not for the faint of heart! Or a private tour of the great opera composer, Giacomo Puccini’s home — now a museum, or a concert at the open-air opera house dedicated to his work situated on the Massaciuccoli Lake – bellissimo!

These are just a few of the one of a kind experiences available.

A day trip to Portofino, Cinque Terre, the beaches of Versilia, or the exclusive shops in Forte dei Marmi can all be arranged as a guest at Albergo Pietrasanta. Closer to home in Pietrasanta, don’t miss the Mexican Sculptor, Gustavo Aceves’s exhibition LAPIDARIUM, located in the main Piazza.

Coming from the UK where customer service can often be questionable, there is nothing else to ask other than, “why can’t it be like this everywhere?” The discreet staff is at your service for everything and anything and more than willing to help you with every whim or query. The hotel is neither small nor large rather it could be likened to a fine private home. What is impressive is the extensive art collection consisting of over 61 pieces of mostly first editions, throughout the hotel.  What’s not to love? Art is a consistent theme through out the hotel and the town. If you are as passionate about art as I am, you will believe you have reached Nirvana!

If you want an experience that money can’t buy or a romantic wedding, a honeymoon or an artistic getaway off the beaten track, contact Barbara Pardini by email: bpardini@albergopietrasanta.com or Tel.: 00390584793727 and quote WBM-AP for a great rate.

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Perhaps, you will find here – all you need is love!

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