Located on the outskirts of the Apuan Alps, Stazzema is a village fully immerged in the Apuan Alps Park and in the middle of Serchio's watershed area, a territory which results to be perfect for any kind of mountain excursions and rock-activities.
Stazzema is different from the other Versilia's municipalities because it is made of a series of small villages nearly detached one another, and it is at the same time the smallest chief town in Versilia.
An important artistic attraction here, is the Romanesque Parish of Saint Mary of the Assumption (13th century), and the museum of the Resistance Movement, housed in the village of Saint Anne, could represent an interesting option. Also the Clock Tower (Medicean Tower), dating back to 1739 and the Carraia Fountain, going back to XVI century, are well worth a visit.
Sant'Anna di Stazzema, on the Apuan Alps
Particularly, the village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema is notorious because, during World War II, it was the site of a massacre of civil population by German SS soldiers, on the 12 of August of 1944. More than 500 people were killed and the city received the Gold Medal for Military Value after the war.
The other villages belonging to Stazzema's municipality are: Pruno, Volegno, Cardoso, Pontestazzemese (seat of the townhouse), Mulina, Farnocchia, Ruosina, Gallena, Retignano, Levigliani, Terrinca, Armi and Palagnana.
The main activity here is marble extraction, thanks to the numerous caves located in this zone.
Among the numerous events periodically organized, could be interesting to point out the traditional "Befanate", when, on the first Sunday after the Epiphany day, groups of citizens take part to a pageant in the streets, while singing the ancient popular songs.