Lunigiana is a region that embraces mountains, hills and sea, passing through many small rivers. The territory touches Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Liguria.
The inhabitants consider themselves “descendants" of the historical population that lived on the Apuane Alps the “Apuani".
Villages, castles, churches and museums tell the rich and troubled history over the centuries.
The Statues of the Stele are a little symbol of what is the “prehistory" in Lunigiana, can be visited at the Museum of the Stele Statues of Lunigiana in Pontremoli in the Castello del Pignaro.
Countless and characteristic villages are scattered throughout the Lunigianese territory. This type of construction offers the visitor in addition to the mere vision of groups of tunnels (in which to venture) that lead into the medieval squares but also that feeling of “ancient", almost like a journey through time … The rich food and wine of the region is based on products from the rural tradition.
The Via Francigena
The Via Francigena (formerly Via Francesca or Via Romea) is one of the longest and richest routes in history that is found in Europe, is a real pilgrimage that leads from Canterbury to Rome and was considered one of the most important European communication routes in medieval times. From the Cisa pass the Via Francigena descends along the side of Tuscany, meeting the land of Lunigiana.
The route of the Via Francigena in Lunigiana is divided into:
– The Via Francigena in the Pontemoli area
– Left bank of the Magra
– Right bank of the Magra
– From Aulla to the ancient land of Luni
– Via del Volto Santo
The villages of Lunigiana to visit absolutely
Aulla, Bagnone, Filattiera, Fivizzano, Fosdinovo, Licciana Nardi, Mulazzo, Podenzana, Pontremoli, Tresana, Villafranca, Zeri.
Not to be missed
– Eat “panigacci” in Podenzana
– Eat “testaroli” and “erbazzone" in Pontremoli
– Eat potaoes cake and “barbotta” cake
– Eat “castagnaccio” and frittelle di castagne
– Eat “Amor” wafer in Pontremoli
– Eat Vinca bread
– Eat mushrooms
– Visit at least one castles
– Visit Statue Stele museum in Pontremoli
– Visit Bagnone, Fosdinovo and Filetto villages
– Visit Equi Terme archeological site and caves
– Visit Stretti di Giarredo (natual canyon)
– Visit Museo Casa di Dante a Mulazzo