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Camaiore

Camaiore

The Village of Camaiore is located in a valley surrounded by hills and the northern Appennins mountains. Camaiore has Roman origins as one of the largest encampments near to the city of Lucca and an important station along the Via Cassia. The origins of its name "Campus Maior" come from this.
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.
Now Camaiore is filled with many artistic treasures which include the Collegiate Church, Saint Peter's which is a Benedectine Abbey and in the village of Pieve of Camaiore there is a church which is an excellent example of a Romanic church and dates back to 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 their hillside positions there is a fantastic view over the sea and surrounding hills, while time seems to have stopped centuries ago.


Via Francigena Itinerary
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 in Camaiore begins at the church and ex hospice of S. Martin of Valpromaro (XII century) and ends at the Villa Le Pianore, where Zita of Bourbon was born, the last empress of Austria


Gabberi Mountain Itinerary
Gabberi mountain is one of the highest peaks of the Apuan Alps, from where you can admire a wide open view of the Versilia coast and the Massaciuccoli Lake stretching from Livorno and to La Spezia. There are several walking and cycling paths in the mountains.


Grotta all'Onda - at Casoli - Camaiore
This is a Prehistoric Cave, which is about 40x60 metres large. It is reached after about an hour's walk along an easy path through the oak forests of Mount Matanna. The underground structure is also interesting from a geological point of view, showing evidence of the most significant events sedimentological and paleoclimatic from about 170,000 years ago.               Guided tours can be done
in Italian and or English, these can be organised by contacting the Apt of Versilia at info@aptversilia.it



Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta

In the center of Camaiore, is the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1278, characterized by the asymmetrical façade with the Bell Tower in 1350. This is definitely worth a visit while in Camaiore. The main characteristics are the great rose window that adorns the facade and the valuable interior furnishings dating back to the sixteenth century.


Museo di Arte Sacra
Attached to the seventeenth century the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, the Museum houses collections of paintings, jewelry, sculptures, furniture and precious vestments from the churches of the area, dating from the XIV to the XVIII century. Other items include a significant Flemish tapestry from 1516 with scenes of the Passion and the Annunciation, polychrome wooden statue of Matteo Civitali the end of the XV century.
Opening times:
Winter - from 1 October to 31 May:
Thursday to Saturday: 15:30 to 18:00, Sunday: 10:00 to 12:00
Summer - from 1 June to 30 September:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 16:00 to 19:30, Sunday: 10:00 to 12:00
Address - Via IV Novembre, 71, Camaiore
Web: http://www.museoartesacracamaiore.it



The beach
Lido di Camaiore spreads out for more than four km along a coast of fine sand. Since the beginning of the last Century, Lido di Camaiore has been one of the most renowned seaside resorts in Italy. Gabriele D'Annunzio was the first to prefer this place to crown his love with Eleonora Duse. The real boom came after the second World War, when Lido became one of the favorite destinations for mass national and international tourism.


SHOPPING

Supermarket

ESSELUNGA

This is a huge, well stocked supermarket. There is plenty of uncovered parking. Inside there is a bar/café and space to play for children.
Opening times: Monday-Friday: 8-21.00, Saturday: 7.30-20.30, Sunday: 9-20.00
Address: Viale Kennedy John - 55041 Camaiore
Web: http://www.esselunga.it/default.aspx?idPage=462&storeCode=ORE&esseiaOtp=none


Tutto Pasta
The best homemade pasta in town. Fresh made pasta filled with fresh ingredients. The shop sells pasta in different shapes and sizes, some types available are gnocchi, ravioloni, cannelloni, tortelloni. Some types are coloured with natural ingredients like egg, pumpkin or fresh spinach. 
Address: Piazza Xxix Maggio, 8

Butcher
Macelleria Lillino
This butcher shop offers the best meats and coldcuts in the town.
Address: via San Vincenzo 34

Bonucelli Salumi
You can find the full range of artisan cured meats typical Tuscan products like fresh pork and beef and other local products, such as oils, flour, pasta, cheeses and specialties such as Tordelli Camaioresi, lasagna, Scarpaccia, quiches, all combined with a selection of wines.
Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele 9
Web: http://www.bonuccellisalumi.com/

Pastry shop/café
Bar Pasticceria Del Dotto
This is the most famous bar and pasticceria in Camaiore. Here you can taste the traditional cakes of Camaiore area.
Address: via Vittorio Emanuele, 139

Post office
Open: Monday-Friday: 8.15-19, Saturday: 8.15-13
Address: Piazza Armando Diaz 7 - 55041 Camaiore

Tourist office
Consorzio Promozione Turistica città di Camaiore
Open on Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 12.45
  and from 15.30 to 18.30
Closed on Sunday and public holidays
Address: Viale Colombo 127/129, Lido di Camaiore
Web: www.versiliainfo.com

Doctor
Dr Ivana BARTELLONI
Tel: +39 0584 983166
Address: 123/B, Via Delle Muretta - 55041 Camaiore

Hospital with emergency room
OSPEDALE UNICO "VERSILIA" STABILIMENTO DI CAMAIORE,
Address: Via Aurelia  - Lido Di Camaiore

Pharmacy
Conti di Dinelli
Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 8.30-13 and 15.30-19.30
Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele 125 - Camaiore

Banks
There are three banks in Camaiore, plus several ATM machines around the town. They are generally open in the mornings from about 8.20 until 13.20 and then again for a short time in the afternoon, most from 14.30 for an hour.

Petrol
There are three petrol stations in Camaiore, an API, IP and Shell. All have self service facilities for after hours filling. It is best to have cash as not all accept credit cards.


Wine stores
Enoteca Nebraska
On May 16, 1980 at the foot of Montemagno two wine lovers: Giuseppe Pighini aka Nebraska and Giovanni Bonucelli aka Barbierino founded the Enoteca Nebraska. Hoping to live up to their original standards, the Enoteca continues to offer the best wines, sparkling wines and the most famous Italian labels worldwide accompanied by snacks based on local produce and artisan specialties according to the ancient traditions of cuisine including Camaiore "scarpaccia" and "pepper cake."
Address: loc. Nocchi , 55041 Camaiore
Web: http://www.enotecanebraskacamaiore.it/

Enoteca Vinelia
The shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.45 to 13.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00, Monday afternoons from 17.00 to 20.00
Closed Sunday and Monday Morning
Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele 58
Web: http://www.vinelia.com/


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