The Camaiore territory stretches from the heights of the Apuan Alps, with the Monte Prana, Monte Matanna, and Monte Gabberi peaks, to the hill country that slopes down to the coastal plain and the beach. The plain is well known as a growing area for vegetables, grapes, and olives – and flowers. The first mention of Camaiore dates to Roman times: this campus maior hosted an important Roman military outpost. Camaiore’s renown grew in the Midde Ages due to its position along the Via Francigena pilgrim’s route. The territory is home to numerous rural religious buildings; the Pieve di Santo Stefano e San Giovanni Battista baptismal church and the Benedictine Abbey, are both of considerable historic interest and worthy of special mention. Every year, the abbey is the starting point for the Corpus Domini procession down Camaiore’s main street, covered for the occasion with ‘carpets’ of colored sawdust depicting images on religious themes. Not far from the center, toward the sea, you’ll find Villa Le Pianore, known as the birthplace of Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma, the last empress of Austria. On the sea, Lido di Camaiore is a famous beach resort and the venue for numerous art shows, musical events and theatrical productions.