Pietraviva

The village of Pietraviva is built on a hill overlooking the road and still retains, in its older part, the typical structure of a fortified medieval borough. Established in the 14th century, it owes its name to the stone quarries that were located in the vicinity. Once, at a short distance from the main village, there was a second settlement, called "Santa Lucia di Rabbia Canina" in which people were deemed able to heal from that disease.

On a small hill overlooking the state road, the borough of Pietraviva still preserves, in its most ancient nucleus, the architectural features of a fortified mediaeval village, once part of the fiefdom of the Ubertini noble family.
Its foundation is believed to have taken place during the 14th century, when the lords of the Valdambra decided to build a new stronghold.
Moreover, at little distance, there was another settlement, built on the neighbouring hill of St. Lucia, and eventually abandoned.
As for their name, it is curious to know that Pietraviva takes its origin from the nearby sandstone quarries, known since antiquity; whereas the other village takes its name from the (supposed) healing skills of people living there, as St. Lucia people were deemed able to cure from canine rabies. In the village of Pietraviva, its church is somewhat of note. Built in the Middle Ages, it has been restored many times, but it has always kept its original mediaeval structure.
The bell tower, instead, was completely rebuilt in its current shape in the first quarter of 20th century.