Pietrasanta, know as 'Little Athens' because of its rich artistic and cultural heritage, rose to prominence in the 15th century after Michelangelo used local marble for his sculptures. The Palazzo Guiscardo takes its name from Luca Guiscardo Pietrasanta, who founded the town in 1255, so this charming hotel is uniquely connected to its charming surroundings.
     It's perfectly situated for exploring the local sites. The main square is a five-minute walk and boasts a collection of restaurants, cafes and galleries. Temperatures can rise to around 40 degrees during the summer, so we recommend visiting the hotel's private beach at Bagno Sandra, which is a 10-minute drive away. Enquire at reception about booking a sun lounger in advance.  
     The exterior of this 19thC Liberty-style building has been carefully renovated to retain its original charm. Inside, all nine bedrooms are individually - and tastefully - equipped with antique furniture and four-poster beds, whilst bathrooms have marble basins and fixtures. The interiors of the communal areas are furnished with a classy mixture of modern and classic art, together with marble sculptures. Many of the original features have also been restored.
     The popular breakfast buffet is served until 10.30am; we recommend you arrive early to get the best selection of tasty offerings.