The name Camaiore comes from the Latin Campus Maior. Camaiore was originally a roman village, and was only officially named a city in 1255. Having been ruled by Pisa, Milan and Florence over the years, the city currently forms part of the Lucca province.
The municipality can be divided into four zones; the Seimiglia hills, the capital, the Capezzano plains, and the Lido coast line. The terrain is made up of 24 hamlets, nestled away in the hills, valleys and mountains. Camaiore not only offers beaches and the seaside, but also numerous opportunities for hiking trips in the surrounding Apuane Alps.
Places of artistic and historic value include the roman Collegiata church, dating back to 1278, the bell tower built in 1365 and the 12th century church of San Michele, which was rebuilt after being destroyed in the war in 1944. Another place to visit is the Sacred Art Museum, which boasts a collection of Flemish and Tuscan relics dating back to the 15th century.
Just outside the historic centre lies the Badia di san Pietro, a Romanesque church built in the year 1000 over the remains of an 8th century Benedictine convent and in the Pieve district lies the church of Santi Giovanni and Stefano.
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