Discover Camaiore and its territoryThe village of Camaiore is located at the bottom of a valley surrounded by hills, as well as the northern Appennins.
The Village of Camaiore is located at the bottom of a valley surrounded by hills, as well as the northern Appennins. Camaiore has strict Roman origins, which was one of the largest encampments contiguous to the city of Lucca and an important station along the Via Cassia. From this, we find the origins of the name "Campus Maior".
In the Middle Ages, the town grew considerably thanks to the old Via Francigena. The city represented the Twenty-seventh stage during the journey of Sigerico Canterbury, and was called Campmaior by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Nowadays, Camaiore contains many artistic treasures like the well known Collegiate Church, the Benedectine Abbey, the Saint Peter'Abbey and the Church in Pieve of Camaiore (splendid example of the Romanic church from about 817 d.C).
The territory of Camaiore is beautiful and known for its landscape and its small medieval villages like Monteggiori, Casoli, Gombitelli e Montebello, from which you can see a splendid view over the sea and surrounding hills, while time seems to have stopped centuries ago.
Itinerary of Via Francigena
The Via Francigena is the most important medieval road in Italy. This route represents the connection between the points of the great Christian spirituality: Canterbury, Compostela, Rome and Jerusalem. The itinerary begins in the church and ex hospice of S. Martin of Valpromaro (XII century) and ends at the Villa Le Pianore, S. Martin of Valpromaro (XII century) and ends at the Villa Le Pianore, where Zita of Bourbon was born, the last empress of Austria.
Itinerary on Gabberi Mountain
Gabberi mountain is one of the highest peaks of the Apuan Alps, from which you can admire a wide view: Versilia coast, the Massaciuccoli Lake stretching to Livorno and La Spezia.