Camaiore is a small town in an area known as Versilia in the province of Lucca. The town is surrounded by the Apuan Hills, which also separate it from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The area around the town is known for its flower cultivation. The nearest larger town is the vacation resort Viareggio.
Camaiore travel guide
There is one tourist office in Camaiore itself and one in the beach resort Lido di Camaiore. The address of the first one is Piazza San Bernardino da Siena, 1. This one is only open from June till September from 10.00 till 13.00 and from 16.00 till 20.00 (tel. +39 0584986272). The one in Lido is in the Viale Colombo, 127 and is open all year. The opening hours are the same in the summer months, but more limited during the rest of the year.
There is a railway station in Lido di Camaiore.
What to see
The main church is the 12th century Badia di Camaiore.
The Santa Maria Assunta Church, in the main square, was constructed in 1260.
The Arco di Trionfo gives access to the main square.
The main street is the pedestrian Via di Mezzo, which is lined with all kinds of shops.
The Pieve di Santo Stefano is an extremely picturesque church, built in the 11th century and renovated 5 centuries later.
The Parish Church of SS. Giovanni Battista and Stefano is located just inside the inner city. This 12th century church has among other things a baptismal font that was originally a Roman sarcophagus and dates from the 2nd century.
The San Lazzaro Church is located in a suburb called Frati. During the summer months its cloister is being used for concerts and other events.
The San Michele Church, originally Romanesque, was reconstructed after World War II.
Camaiore has two museums, the Museo d’Arte Sacra and the Museo Archeologico Comunale. The latter is housed in the Palazzo Torri Masoni.
The 17th century Teatro dell’Olivo is one of the oldest of its kind in Tuscany. It has a pretty oval vault . The furniture and decorations were added in the 1980s.
What to see near Camaiore
Lido di Camaiore is the coastal suburb of the municipality of Camaiore. The municipality, which overlooks a sandy beach, is surrounded by pine forests.
Capezzano Pianore is the name of another suburb. Its main attraction is the Villa Borbone delle Pianore, a complex made up of 3 buildings constructed different eras (the 18th, the 19th and the 20th century).
To get to Camaiore by car
To reach Camaiore by car from Viareggio take the provincial road, the SP1.