On a hill not far from the left riverside of the Ambra torrent, there is the charming village of Pietraviva. Named in this way for the serene stone, known exactly as living stone (“Pietra Viva”), on which stands the ancient fortress, this small village has preserved the typical architectural structure of the high-medieval fortified villages including the ancient walls, still visible and support of many houses up to the church dedicated to Saint Lucia.
With the same name was known the castle, now abandoned, placed on the hill in front of the village; curiously the name of this nucleus reveals a possible place pointed out as a source of prodigies, in fact the name “Santa Lucia di Rabbia Canina” could indicate the healings or the qualities of the healers in treating the morbid suffering from canine rage.
Visiting the village it is possible immerse yourself in an atmosphere made of history, joviality and quietness, immersing your soul and body in a maze of alleys and ancient rustic buildings that converge towards the historic village.
Passing from “Via Vittorio Veneto”, overlooking the town square, one of the symbols of the small village stands out: the Pietraviva yew. Located in a private garden, it is one of the most long-lived specimens of Italy, with a majestic height and circumference, is a strong representative sign of Pietraviva.
The village is ready to give a unique view of the Valdambra and to offer tradition through its official festival in progress since 1977: “La Sagra della Rana”. It takes place every second week of July and is a wonderful opportunity to savor Tuscan specialties, including the fried frog that gives its name to the festival, not common dish, but for lovers an absolute delicacy, accompanied by local wines will gladden and make an atmosphere of other times directly in the heart of Valdambra.
Climate, this, which can be found all year long in festivals and events throughout the Valdambra, not only tastings and authentic flavors, but connection with the territory; occasions in which it will be easy to immerse yourself in the conviviality of mothers, fathers, grandparents, grandchildren, elderly, young people and the “housewives“ of the country who work together and transmit to anyone the passion for their land.