Lunigiana is an historical territory of Italy, which today falls within the provinces of La Spezia and Massa Carrara. Its borders derive from the ancient Roman settlement, later the medieval diocese of Luni, which no longer exists. Lunigiana covers an area from the Apennines to the Magra river, belonging in part to Tuscany and in part to Liguria. It takes its name from Luni, a Roman town, perhaps pre-dated by an Etruscan settlement. Some contend that the name Luni refers to the moon, a celestial body whose beauty is made all the more attractive when framed by the white-peaked Apuan Alps and high Apennine mountains. […] Wikipedia.org
What to visit and what to do during your holiday in Lunigiana.
Lunigiana is the unexpected Tuscany.
Strategically well positioned on the road of all pleasures, Lunigiana can be a great start as well as an arrival. The first visit to our area, which is a land of castles, ancient monasteries, the Francigena crossing route (http://www.viefrancigene.org/en/), medieval villages and rivers. Besides there are the Equi caves (http://www.grottediequi.it/), Zeri valleys, the Museum of the Statue Stele of Pontremoli (http://statuestele.org/ing/1/1/home-page.htm ), the cultural events of Fivizzano and Sarzana (http://portale.festivaldellamente.it/en/events/), the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines Park (http://parcoappennino.it/Eindex.php). There are markets where you can find local products, numerous summer festivals and the historical re-enactments such as in the village of Filetto (http://www.mercatomedievalefiletto.it). There is Medievalis in Pontremoli (http://www.medievalis.org), and there are the landscapes to explore by foot, by bike, or on a motorcycle.
The holiday continues with a visit to the nearby marble quarries, Pisa and Lucca, and Parma for the gourmands. And if you want to relax while having fun, you can get to the sea in the morning by car or by train and come back in the evening. You will arrive in a flash at Sarzana, the Cinque Terre, the Gulf of Poets, at Pietrasanta, Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi.
However, few things cause enjoyment such as mushroom picking: do bring proper shoes.
And last but not least, for those who love fishing, Il Glicine e la Lanterna is located only about 500m from the Fiume Verde.
Download the free pdf guide of Pontremoli!
Download the free pdf guide of Lunigiana!
Discover Lunigiana with the help of a guide who knows everything:
- Turismo in Lunigiana (http://www.turismoinlunigiana.it/) for people who want to enhance it’s culture ;)
- Lunigiana Outdoor (http://www.lunigianaoutdoor.it/) for those who prefer outdoor activities
- Farfalle in Cammino (http://www.farfalleincammino.org/en/itinerari/) a non- profit association with interest in excursions, tours and tradition
You can visit Tuscany:
Carrara, the Marble Quarries http://www.marmotour.com/
and Colonnata http://www.lardodicolonnata.org/
If you have enough time, spend a day visiting:
Museo degli Uffizi http://www.florence-museum.com/it/?gclid=CNbU_pnbs70CFZHJtAodp0oAQQ
Or you can choose a tour to the adjacent Emilia Romagna:
Parma and it’s province http://turismo.parma.it/
Terre di Verdi http://www.terrediverdi.it
Fidenza Village – Outlet http://www.fidenzavillage.com/it/home/home
You can arrive in a blink of an eye in Liguria:
La Spezia http://www.turismoprovincia.laspezia.it/it
Le Terrazze – Shopping Centre http://www.le-terrazze.it
Lerici e il Golfo dei Poeti http://www.comune.lerici.sp.it/contenuto_terzo_liv.asp?id=666&sez=135&res=1
Cinque Terre http://www.cinqueterre.it/info.php
… And why not go there by boat? http://www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/home.asp?lang=eng.it
Bike trips and races ( lunigianaxbike.it )
Rent a bike and all you need for bikes in Pontremoli , at less than 1km from the farm ( frabike.it )
Hiring a beautiful bike with pedal assistance in the Park del’Appennino Tosco Emiliano http://www.parcoappennino.it/pagina.php?id=86
Adventurous trekking http://www.terredilunigiana.com/trekking.php
But you can also stick with your boots to your feet
Read the regional rules for those who’d like to go for mushrooms http://www.regione.toscana.it/-/raccolta-dei-funghi
Read the regional rules for those who’d like to go fishing for trout http://www.regione.toscana.it/-/conseguimento-della-licenza-di-pesca-dilettantistica in one of the many rivers in the Lunigiana
“Il Glicine e la Lanterna” thanks all friends, colleagues, guides and individual enthusiasts
for there commitment to fill the holidays of their guests with possibilities to discover our land.