Beverone in Val di Vara

The inland of the Cinque Terre Villages and its cultural background, to be visited to understand its diversified nature, long history and unique flavors.

The Val di Vara is the largest and least populated territory of the Cinque Terre area, and its historical background. Its strategic importance is evident for the over time spreading of artisanal and craftmanship activities. A real landmark in northern Italy.

With a low density of human settlement and large spots of unspoilt nature, today the Vara Valley winds along the Vara River, on the banks of which stand ancient castles and villages, in a territory which in the Middle Ages was often disputed between Genoan wealthy families and Florence and Tuscany feuds for the control of important  routes and trading centers.

Vara Valley

Vara Valley
Brugnato, charming round village Calice al Cornoviglio

Brugnato, charming round village

Brugnato is a very ancient village of the Vara Valley, once an important religious and economical center, founded by the monks coming down from Emilia to the sea. The birth of Brugnato is therefore linked to the foundation of its abbey which, like other Ligurian and northern Italian monastic sites, depended on the benedictine abbey of San Colombano in Bobbio.

The growing importance of the religious site, and consequently of the community of Brugnato, were "protected" and "recognized" also by the imperial power with quotations in the diplomas of Charles the Great, Ottone the third.

Calice al Cornoviglio

The territory of Calice al Cornoviglio is totally mountainous, crossed by narrow valleys and streams transversal to the Val di Vara. Calice town stands on a hill about 400 m above sea level and overlooks the whole Valley.

In its municipal territory, which is part of the Regional Natural Park of Montemarcello-Magra-Vara, there are the peaks of Mount Cornoviglio (1,162 m) and of Mount Coppigliolo.

The oldest information regarding the village of Calice al Cornoviglio dates back to the beginning of the 11th century when the complex was owned by the bishops of Luni and then the Malaspina, as attested by a document dated 1033. The town and its fortress were contended by the feudal dominations that alternatively dominated the area.

Pignone is one of the most important towns in the Vara Valley, especially for its bio coltures of vegetables and breeding.

Not to miss in the Vara Valley

Ecotourism in the Biodistrict
The Montemarcello Park
The Croxetti tradition
Ancient Hamlets

The Vara Valley in 6 points


Find the Cinque Terre History

Visit its ancient villages to know more about history and art of the whole Cinque Terre area.  


The first Bio District

Brugnato is the Capital of the first european Bio District, for the sustainable management of local resources. 


Genuine Food

Chees, ham, honey, bread, sausages, potatoes jams, are just some of the local delicacies. 


Swim in the Vara River

There are a few perct spots along the River for a refreshing 


Trek the Mountains to the sea

Walk the “Bardelloni”, the ancient sggestivemule tracks from the mountains to the sea. 


The Cinque Terre Outlet Village

If you like shopping, enjoy the great designers shops and offers of the Cinque Terre Outlet Mall in Brugnato. 

Useful Advice to explore the Vara Valley

How to travel the area

  • There are no railways in the Vara Valley, you can reach the many villages only by bus or by car, and with our transfer service
  • The highway crosses the Valley from La Spezia, the exit to get to the Valley is in Brugnato.
  • From La Spezia, it is also possible to drive the Aurelia road, crossing the valley. It takes longer, but you can enjoy the view of the green valley and the many villages. 
The castles of the Vara Valley dominate a great

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