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Apuan Alps and Upper Tuscany Coast​

Spectacular Moutains, recalling the highest Italian Alps, lightened by their marble tops, along with a suggestive coast with trendy beaches and fashionable towns.

The spectacular Apuan Mountains mark the northern part of the Tuscan Apennines, bounded northwest by the Magra river (Lunigiana) and east by the river Serchio (in the region 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 with marble: here, the most valuable white marble in the world is quarried since ancient Roman empire times, but probably already in use during the Copper Age  to produce various and decorative utensils and commemorative objects.

This is why the the “Alps” awe their name to the Apui strain of the Ligurians, indigenous population of the whole area.

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Apuan Alps and upper Tuscan Coast

Apuan Alps and upper Tuscan Coast
Carrara Apuan Alps Park Massa

Carrara

The city of Carrara, its mountain background and its outlet to the sea, its marble culture, its Tuscan style.

Apuan Alps Park

Ancient marble quarries to visit, the same where Michelangelo would find the raw material for his artwork, and large green areas to be outdoor.

Massa

Massa and Forte dei Marmi, caskets in which to get lost among jewels of art and architecture.

CARRARA AND MARBLE QUARRIES

A vivid city and its white marble backgound, with interesting ancient quarries. 

FORTE DEI MARMI

A charming medieval city, with magnificent squares and architectures. 

MASSA

Massa and the Malaspinian power, represented in a magnificent fortress. 

SANT'ANNA DI STAZZEMA

A tragic story in a beautiful village in the mountains, today National Peace Park. 

Not to miss in the Apuan Alps and Upper Tuscany Coast

Trendy Forte dei Marmi
Arty Pietrasanta
The Park of Peace in Sant'Anna
The marble Quarries

The area in six points:

1

The Quarries

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

2

Beaches of comfort

Equipped and structured beaches forll tastes and needs, ideal for kids and comfort lovers, on the coast of Carrara, Massa, Forte dei Marmi.  

3

The Colonnata Lard

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

4

Fashionable Centers

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

5

Comprehensive Overview

From Campo Cecina, above the quarries,o an exclusive overview on sea and 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 Advice to explore Upper Tuscany

How to travel in Upper Tuscany

  • By Car: Upper Tuscany is crosse by the A12 Motorway from Genova to Rosignano. Most sea resorts can be reached by car. 
  • Travelling by car or motorbyke to the mountains can be more difficult, as some are “white roads”, unpaved. 
  • By train: The eailway runs nearby the coast and then to the inland towards Lucca

A train in the Upper Tuscany

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