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Magra Valley

The Val di Magra (Magra Valley) is a valley filled with warm colors, located in the province of La Spezia. The name derives from the Magra river that crosses it and surrounds the historical cities around its basin up to the Tuscany province (Massa Carrara ).

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Things to know before visiting the Magra Valley

  • Close to Tuscany, it reminds many visitors of that region.
  • Respect the environment, the locals will be grateful.

Historically, the Val di Magra belongs to the Lunigiana area, but long-standing issues on its borders have created a lot of confusion: we reckon that the Magra valley corresponds to the lower historical province of Lunigiana.

The current administrative divisions have not deleted common traditions and customs, which are very strong in the whole valley.
But here you will find also a “middle land” between two different cultures, the Liguria and the Toscana ones, joined together after centuries of wars for the predominance upon an area which used to be of the uttermost strategic importance for the whole peninsula: communications routes going from northern Italy to the sea were already outlined by ancient Romans.

Sarzana is a small city about 13 miles from La Spezia, a place with a long ancient history, a vivid cultural life, many great restaurants and clubs, worth a visit if you visit the surroundings of La Spezia.

Sarzana can be easily reached by train or by bus from the center of La Spezia. If you have a car you can get there in a very short time and spend the night there. It can be a good idea to stay in Sarzana and be based there to visit the surroundings, also to reach the nearby Val di Magra and Upper Tuscany.

Sarzana, as a matter of fact, is very close to Tuscany and is a point of partition between the Liguria and Toscana administrative regions. If you have a chance to look at Sarzana from above and compare it with the Riviera, you can clearly see the very different shorelines and landscapes, one sandy, linear and flat, the other jagged, elevated and rocky.
The official border is also the geophysical one, and is one of the aspects that makes this region so rich and varied. The view of the bright white Apuan Alps in the distance, site of the Carrara marble quarries offers a unique frame to the picture.

The natural and political border always marked the history of the city, and was the theater of many battles for the ownership of this important center, crossroad of many commercial and pilgrim roads, such as the Roman Aurelia and the Via Francigena.

How to get to the Magra Valley

  • By car.
  • By train.
  • By bike.

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