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The area that embraces mountains, hills and sea, passing through many small rivers
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.

Things to know before visiting Lunigiana

  • 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

The villages of Lunigiana to visit absolutely

Aulla, Bagnone, Filattiera, Fivizzano, Fosdinovo, Licciana Nardi, Mulazzo, Podenzana, Pontremoli, Tresana, Villafranca, Zeri

It should be noted that the five villages are really beautiful, but not too different from each other, and that hiking in the Cinque Terre to admire the unique spectacular sea and cliff view is definitely the thing to do here. So rather than running from one place to another, we suggest to visit one village, walk the path to the next one, swim a bit, relax with a nice drink, gelato, aperitivo or dinner there, enjoy the breathtaking sunset view from any point of the cinque terre, in summer enjoy the lively nightlife, then take the last train back home.

The best advice to visit the Cinque Terre area is to pick one of the five villages to get off the train or boat and travel to one of more others, according to time available.
In high season, the visit can be spoiled by the presence of too many visitors, while most important thing in the Cinque Terre is to get the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, hike the nice paths in the silence of nature, enjoy the enchanting sea view, rather than running from one village to the other.

At La Spezia railway station and in all villages you can pick one or two of the villages and buy a single ticket to get there (about 7,50€ return ticket to reach the most far village). If you prefer to visit the whole area you can get a Cinque Terre Park ticket. Make sure to buy the “Cinque terre Train Card” and not just the basic Cinque Terre Card, which only allows walking on the paths of the Cinque Terre Park and not to hop on and off the train.

How to get to Lunigiana

  • By car, the roads to reach villages in the area are very nice.
  • By train, lot of villages of Lunigiana has a train station.

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

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