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Lunigiana

Ameglia dal basso verso i colli è inconfondibile

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

Lunigiana is a region that embraces mountains, hills and sea, crossed by major and small rivers. The territory touches Liguria and Tuscany, with some locations in Emilia.

Its inhabitants consider themselves descendants of the historical population that lived on the Apuane Mountains, the “Apui“, and of which the silent Stele statues are silent, mysterious, charming offsprings. 
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, Genua, Lucca for the control over the primary communication route from Rome to France that crosses Lunigiana. 

The region can nowaday be devided 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 ultimate mouth to the sea

Lunigiana

Lunigiana
Pontremoli Fivizzano Fosdinovo Sarzana Luni

Pontremoli

Pontremoli could be considered the "Capital" of Lunigiana, the possible ancient "Apua" city, founded by the Apui people. The place to be to find the real atmospheres and secrets of the Lunigiana region.

Fivizzano

In Fivizzano, at the foot of the Tuscan Emilian Apennines mountains, time seems to stand still at the Medicean time, when the village's main square was designed, although the area was inhabited since prehistoric times.

Fosdinovo

Prehistoric site, it had its golden age between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, when it was the capital of an independent marquisate governed by the most important branch of the Malaspina family of Spino Fiorito, whose marquises were imperial vicars in Italy. This has left deep traces in architecture, art, and local culture.

Sarzana

Sarzana is the main city of Magra Valley, in the lower Lunigiana, derived from the Roman city of Luni, it had its Golden Age in Middle Age and Renaissance, as witnessed by its fortresses and mansions.

Luni

Luni is the ancient Roman harbor of the area, used for the trading and shipping of marble in the whole Roman Empire. What used to be a magnificent city was destroyed in the early Middle Age possibly by sand expansion or invasions of northern peoples, today an interesting archeological area can be visited.

Not to miss 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 5 points:

1

Genuine local food

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

2

The Lunigiana Castles

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

3

Natural paradises

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

4

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 of the past times.

5

The archeological site of Luni

An anphitheater and a new multimedial exposition can nowadays be visited in the location where the Roman port of Luni used to be.

Useful Advice to explore the Lunigiana

How to travel the Lunigiana

  • By car, the 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: according to the 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 nearby 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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