Val di Vara Valley

The inland of the Cinque Terre Villages and their 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 offers a unique historical background. Its strategic importance is evident, and it is from the Val di Vara than many artisanal and craftmanship activities spread. 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.

Explore the Vara Valley Area

Val di Vara

Val di Vara
Brugnato Calice al Cornoviglio Pignone Bolano


Brugnato è un borgo antichissimo della Val Vara, un tempo importante centro religioso ed economico, fondato dai monaci che scendevano dall'Emilia al mare.

Calice al Cornoviglio

Il territorio di Calice al Cornoviglio è totalmente montuoso, attraversato da strette vallate e torrenti trasversali alla Val di Vara. La città di Calice sorge su una collina e la sua fortezza era contesa dalle dominazioni feudali che in alternativa dominavano l'area.


Pignone è uno dei borghi più importanti della Valle Vara, in particolare per le sue colture biologiche di ortaggi e allevamento.


Arroccato in una posizione strategica su una collina che domina la confluenza del fiume Vara con la Magra, Bolano offre splendide viste sulla Val di Vara, sull'Alta Lunigiana, sulla Val di Magra e su un ampio tratto di costa. Il centro storico ha mantenuto l'aspetto di un borgo fortificato medievale.

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At the foot of the Cornoviglio Mountain. 


A charming rounded shape for the capital of the Bio District. 


A strong community, that rebuilt the village after a tragic flood. 


A dominating outlook on the Valley.

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

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


Swim in the Vara River

There are a few perfect spots along the River for a refreshing swim


Trek the Mountains to the sea

Walk the “Bardelloni”, the ancient suggestive mule 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

Top Experiences in Vara Valley

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