Vellano The recognized capital of Switzerland Pesciatina and once a renowned holiday resort, the town - ancient Avellanum - rises in a panoramic position over the valley of the Pescia river. Known for its parish since the 10th century it was once a fief of the Garzoni family, in 1336 Coluccio Salutati drafted those statutes which for a long time sanctioned its administrative characteristics. In the part below the castle, outside the walls, there is the parish church of SS. Sisto and Martino, which was once annexed to an ancient Benedictine abbey. In Vellano there is still the only quarry of Pietra Serena in operation in the province of Pistoia. Today in the "Cava Nardini" the precious material has continued to be extracted for over 100 years and to produce all kinds of artifacts, according to traditional processes: from simple construction materials, to furnishing artifacts and even sculptures, to be considered real artwork. We recommend a visit to the “Ethnographic Historical Museum of the Miner and the Quarryman” which exhibits work tools and a rich collection of minerals.
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