Stazemma is formed of small, spaced apart communities high up in the mountains, similar to those of Garfagnana and Lunigiana. The municipality offers a wide range of tourist attractions, popular with both art lovers and day-trippers.
The town itself comprises of a clock tower dating back to 1739, otherwise know as the Medicea Tower, the 16th century Carraia Fountain, and a church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, which dates back to 891 and is situated just outside the town. The church features a beautiful rose window carved out of marble extracted from quarries in the surrounding region. A short distance away from the town is the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Piastraio, or Madonna del Bell’Amore, which was erected in the 17th century.
The surrounding area contains the villages of Retignano, Terrinca and Levigliani, Ruosina, Pomezzana, Volegno, Pruno and Sumbra. Levigliani is home to a pre-roman necropolis, whilst Pomezzana is known for its church dedicated to San Rocco. Pruno is famous for it’s live Nativity scene and Sumbra for the Marimitte dei Giganti, a cavity in the rock eroded away by the sea over the years. Excursions to the Alpe della Grotta, Mount Procinto, the Foce delle Porchette, Mount Forato and the Pania della Croce make for interesting days out.
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