Five hundred years ago Versilia tied its fate to Florence. It was Pope Leo X, the son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, who made this land a possession of the Medici Family, and sowed the seed of a development which, beginning with Michelangelo Buonarroti and the magnificent marble of Versilia, achieved the superior touristic and cultural characteristics of our days. Five hundred years after, Versilia rediscovers and celebrates its history.
The Versilia Medicea is the Tuscan territory corresponding to the municipalities of Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza and Stazzema which in 1513 under an arbitration ruling by Pope Leo X, was separated from the domains of Lucca to be annexed under the Republic of Florence. Since then and until 1859, first under the name of Capitanato (then Vicariato) of Pietrasanta, the Versilia Medicea represented a specific territorial and administrative unit in the Republic of Florence, of the Duchy and finally the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. The act of Pope Leo X profoundly conditioned the history and the development of Versilia, contributing decisively to its original culture and traditions.
On the initiative of the Istituto Storico Lucchese, Versilia Storica (a local historical association), the four municipalities of Versilia Medicea decided to unite and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lodo. The celebrations are held throughout 2013.
The development and promotion of the complete program of events is entrusted to a promoting committee chaired by Riccardo Tarabella and composed by Domenico Lombardi (Mayor of Pietrasanta), Umberto Buratti (Mayor of Forte dei Marmi), Ettore Neri (Mayor of Seravezza) Michele Silicani (Mayor of Stazzema).
A scientific committee helps the promoting committee for a technical opinion on the events to be included in the official program of the celebrations. The members of the scientific committee are: Antonio Bartelletti, Luigi Bosi, Carlo Carli, Giuseppe Cordoni, Franco Dazzi, Paola Lemmi, Ezio Marcucci, Francesco Morabito, Giovanni Padroni, Costantino Paolicchi, Paolo Pelù, Carla Maria Pucci, Giuliano Rebechi, Umberto Sereni Andrea Tenerini, Luigi Santini (with the role of coordinator).
The Chair makes use of a secretariat composed of Riccardo Biagi, Michele Morabito, Stefano Roni, Luigi Santini, Melania Spampinato (with the role of coordinator and treasurer), Sergio Tedeschi and Simone Tonini.