LUNIGIANA

Countless quaint villages are scattered throughout the Lunigianese territory, forming a constellation of stories, mysteries and legends with enchanting power on the visitor who takes the time to slowly open this chest full of treasures...

Lunigiana is a region that embraces mountains, hills and sea, crossed by major and small rivers. The territory touches Liguria and Tuscany, with some of its sites currently located in the province of Emilia.

Villages, castles, churches are the witnesses of the manifold and troubled story of Lunigiana over the centuries. The Malaspina Marquis Family ruled here with its feudal power and magnificent fortresses, battling alternatively against Florence, Genoa, Lucca for the control over the primary communication route from Rome to France that crosses Lunigiana.  The region can nowadays be divided into Upper and lower Lunigiana, the latter being roughly correspondent to the Val di Magra, the Valley crossed by the Magra river and with a strategically mouth to the sea. 

Where Are You?
The Cinque Terre Area

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Pontremoli

A typical defensive structure characterizes all the hamlets of the area

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Fivizzano

“Atene della Lunigiana” is just one of the nicknames of Fivizzano, in ancient times an important rest station on the way to the mountain pass of the Via Nuova Clodia.

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Fosdinovo

One of the cities that gave rise to the Lower Lungiana after the Roman city of Luni was destroyed.

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Sarzana

A noble and refined city, which boasts history, art, home to international cultural events.

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Luni

The Roman city of Luni, an ancient port for the transposition of marble from the nearby quarries of Carrara.

Lunigiana experiences

Not to be missed in Lunigiana

The Montemarcello Park
Panigacci or Testaroli?
A sad story in fosdinovo
That's Amor
the sword in the stone of sarzana

The Lunigiana
In Five Points

1

Genuine local food​

Mushrooms, Panigacci, Testaroli, Erbazzone, and a lot more to taste, to explore the many traditions about local food. 

2

Natural paradises​

The Equi Thermal baths and the Giaredo canyons, and on the sea the magnificent Montemarcello Park. 

3

The archeological site of Luni​

An amphitheater and a new multimedial exhibition can now be visited in the location where the Roman port of Luni used to be.

4

The Lunigiana Castles​

The Lunigiana region in Middle Age was a net of castles, making communications possible among the region's small villages, mostly built and owned by the local feudal Malaspina family.

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Pontremoli and Sarzana​

Two small, but magnificent cities, full of story and art, Pontremoli and Sarzana tell of the incredible importance the Lunigiana region had in many stages throughout history.

Useful Advice to explore the Lunigiana

How to travel the Lunigiana

  • By car, this very large region is crossed by a few highways and a motorway, and the many villages of the area can all be reached by car, even the most remote ones. 
    The motorway is the A15, conncting La Spezia to Parma: depending on your destination, exit in Aulla or Pontremoli. 
  • By train, the railway connecting La Spezia to Parma stops in the most important villages of the lower and upper Lunigiana. 
Pontremoli is one of the most important towns of Lungiana
The Via Francigena near Sarzana

Walking 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 area of Luni
  • Via del Volto Santo

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Top Experiences in Lunigiana

- Where are you?

The Cinque Terre Area

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