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Apuan Alps

The spectacular Apuan Mountains mark the northern part of the Tuscan Apennines, bounded north-west by the river Magra (Lunigiana), east by the river Serchio (in the province of Lucca) and south-west by the Apuan Riviera (Versilia).


Their white tops are not as high as the Alps, and they are not covered in snow but in white marble: here, the most valuable white marble in the world has been quarried since the ancient Roman Empire times. It was probably already used during the Copper Age to produce various decorative utensils and commemorative objects.
This is why the these “Alps” owe their name to the Apui branch of the Ligurians, the indigenous population of the area.

In Michelangelo's footprints

In Michelangelo's footprints

October 29, 2019 Apuan Alps

Apuan Alps Experiences

Beautiful mountains, resembling the Alps, and the Versilia Coast make the Apuan Alps a unique setting for spectacular experiences. The upper Tuscany coast is a good shore for sailing and surfing, while the mountains offer extraordinary trekking opportunities to visit the marble quarries and enjoy the views.  Up in the mountains, you can try the traditional food prepared for the marble quarrymen, like lard, focaccia bread and cheese

The Apuan Alps area in 6 points

1

The Quarries

Colonnata, Arni and Fantiscritti are the most famous Carrara marble quarries, to explore art, spectacular nature and industrial history.

2

Comfortable beaches

Well-equipped beaches for all tastes and all needs, ideal for both kids and comfort lovers, on the coast of Carrara, Massa, and Forte dei Marmi.

3

The Colonnata Lard

A soft flesh, unmistakable perfume and white color, a millenary tradition for a unique product, to be enjoyed on warm bread.

4

Fashionable City Centers

Shopping for the best Italian brands and top designers in Forte dei Marmi is a must, together with an aperitivo in one of its trendy bars.

5

A global view

From Campo Cecina, above the quarries, discover an exclusive view over the sea and the mountains, from the Maritime Alps to the Versilia coast.

6

The Park of Peace

To remember one of the most tragic episodes of WWII in Europe, the killing of 560 people in Sant’Anna of Stazzema.

Useful Information

How to travel the area

  • By Car: the A12 Motorway, from Genova to Rosignano, runs through Upper Tuscany. Most sea resorts can be reached by car. Travelling by car or motorbike to the mountains can be more difficult, as some of the roads are unpaved “white roads”.
  • By Train: the railway runs near the coast and then goes inland towards Lucca