A view of Seravezza
Seravezza was born as a free municipality in 1515 and during the same years the activity of marble extraction started.
Five minutes far from the coast you can find this important centre for the marble-working located in a valley surrounded by the stately mountain range of the Apuan Alps, from which emerges the rich in marble Monte Altissimo. For this reason the marble trade here, is very developed (production of hand-made objects). It's correct to assert that Seravezza founds its economy on marble extraction, working and trading. Other marble pits are located on the Monte Cappella, Monte Ceragiola and Monte Trambiserra. There are several paths displaced in this area, that you can cross to arrive directly to the caves.
Near the town centre, the Medici Palace (Medici family's summer mansion in the past) hosts the permanent museum of craftsmanship (consequently the entire historical tradition of Versilia), the public library, the historic archive and important modern and contemporary art expositions. Moreover, for art-lovers, the Romanesque Church of La Cappella (13th century), located a few kilometres far from the village of Azzano, is well worth a visit.
Medici palace in Seravezza, Versilia
Even if Versilia is famous for its sea, Seravezza presents a mountain territory, with the Altissimo as highest peak (1589 mt.). The most important river is the Versilia river, rising from the fusion between Serra and Vezza rivers.
If you come in Seravezza in May, you'll can attend to the "Palio dei Micci", a folkloristic event on the Medieval period, which every year from 1956 takes place in the frazione of Pozzi (the first Sunday of May). Eight 'contrade' (or areas of the city) called Pozzo, Madonnina, Cervia, Quercia, Ranocchio, Leon D'Oro, Lucertola and Ponte, each one competing against one another in a race where riders have to horse donkeys (vernacular 'micci'). Citizens dress medieval clothings and on the occasion, parades and ludic and canorous events are organized to entertain and enjoy people who come to admire the festival.