The Lunigiana, is the land dear to Dante Alighieri, which was home to the Malaspina family who dominated the whole area. The area is scattered with small villages on hilltops or overlooking the sea, these unique villages include Quarazzana and Montereggio, the only ‘book town’ in Italy, Fivizzano considered a mini-Florence for its large number of art works.
There are magnificent castles like those in Pontremoli and in Fosdinovo, along with the perfume of chestnuts and ‘testaroli’ pasta at every turn. The stunning Natural Park of the Apuan Alps, is where the Italian Resistance movement was started with the first partisan formations, and can be explored in any season via the many wonderful routes.
The precious Carrara marble quarries are fascinating, as is the high quality of the famous lardo di Colonnata, cured pork backfat. All of this and much more is waiting for you, in this wonderful corner of multi-faceted Tuscany.
Visit the castle at Piagnaro and the Museum of the Bronze-age Statue-menhirs in Pontremoli
Go through the network of karstic caves of Monte Corchia, the largest in Italy
Go on foot, by bicycle or on horseback along the pathways in the Apuan Alp Park
Taste the famous cured pork in the enchanting village of Colonnata
Discover the charm of Fivizzano, considered the Florence of the Lunigiana
Ski at the Zum Zeri ski-resort, where you can see the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian Seas on a clear day
Visit the three marble quarries where Carrara marble is mined
Take an evening walk in the centre of Carrara in the Piazza Alberica, elegant and evocative with glimpses of the Apuan Alps
Take a trip to Malaspina castle at Fosdinovo, one of the most charming fortresses in the Lunigiana
Go for a stroll along the sandy beach between Marina di Carrara and Marina di Massa