By definition, a square has always been the throbbing heart of a city, the place of encounters of social interest and community life, the ideal space to set up markets, organize celebrations, events and concerts. In Carrara this space is, and has always been, Piazza Alberica.
In the old times the cattle market was held here, but in the second half of 16th Century, when the prince Alberico I Cybo Malaspina expanded the city, built new walls and completely redesigned the urban structure of Carrara, this piazza was transformed in the most important square in town. To him the square owes its name Alberica and its history. Here were built the elegant houses of the new bourgeoisie, with porches on the ground floor and rich sculptural decorations on the walls.
Today teh piazza hosts most fashionable shops in town, fine restaurants, wine bars with live music and cafés. This is the heart of the city cultural life: festivals and cultural events such as “Music and Sounds of the World”, “Convivere” and “Marble Week” find in Piazza Alberica the space to accommodate thousands of visitors and a striking scenery in which to
create unforgettable performances.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana