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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, and some more remote localities are in the Emilia region.

While the Stele Statues found in many ancient sites of Lunigiana are the evidence of the primitive yet evolved origins of the whole area, Middle Age and Renaissance villages, castles, abbeys are the witnesses of the manifold 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 routes from Rome to France that crosses Lunigiana, the Via Francigena.
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 strategic mouth to the sea in the area of La Spezia. 

The story of Bianca Malaspina

The story of Bianca Malaspina

Ottobre 22, 2020 Lunigiana

Lunigiana Experiences

Where possible, guided visits to the Malaspina mansions are one of the exciting experiences to do in Lunigiana. Food and drinks tastings take you back to ancient charming traditions.
Interesting treks and outdoor activities such as rafting and canyon walking are great opportunities to enjoy the Lunigiana rivers and their pristine nature

The Lunigiana area in 6 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

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.

5

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.

6

Medioeval Events

Useful Advice to explore the Lunigiana area

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.

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