Visit these sites for an amazing day out
The land of one hundred Castles
The most distinguishing feature is represented by its one hundred castles that overlook roads, the green rolling valleys, and medieval villages. The castles were built by the oldest rich families, such as Malaspina, Bosi and Estensi, who fought to get the control of this magical land. Among the most enchanting castles and fortresses ones: Verrucola Castle in Fivizzano, Piagnaro Castle in Pontremoli, Monti di Licciana Castle, Brunella Fortress, Bastia Fortress, Malgrate Castle, Terrarossa Fortress, Ponte Bosio Castle, the one in Bagnone town, Lusuolo Castle, Villa di Tresana Castle and many others, each of them with its unique history.
Along the old Pilgrims and merchants’ roads you can still admire medieval villages surrounding their own castles. The stone here plays a leading role as villages and castles were built both with worthy old stones and quarry or river stones used to build poor families’ houses. Some of the most characteristic hamlets are: Filetto, Malgrate, Bagnone, Filattiera, Mulazzo, Fivizzano, Pontremoli, Licciana, Villafranca.
Lunigiana Pievi were built to offer hospitality to Pilgrims on their way to Rome . The Pieve is a building similar to a church where people pray, it was under the main bishop’s authority. During the V-VI Centuries, in Luni area, one of the most important ecclesiastical centres in Lunigiana, there were 35 Pievi. Nowadays you can visit 13 Pievi in the inland of Lunigiana like S.Pietro Pieve in Offiano, S.Stefano di Soriano in Filattiera, S.Cipriano and Cornelio in Codiponte.
Papers, finds and books of the last great Italian navigator and his family.
The austere magnificent and very stylish Stele Statues hide the mystery of prehistoric time.
Natural History Museum
Inside the castle’s cistern there is a beautiful aquarium and inside the halls there is a unique library named ‘Nature Library’ dedicated to Lunigiana landscapes. In the park a botanical garden can be visited and on the roof there is a beautiful lawn with spectacular views over the mountains and rivers of Lunigiana.
A medieval child’s grave, prehistoric man’s traces, the story of a rich medieval mercantile village. Here the territory’s history is life.
Lunigiana Ethnographic Museum
Work tools, ancient cloths, the carpenter’s black tools and artefacts, traditional magical rituals and a real water-mill. Inside the museum you can discover the soul and history of the people from Lunigiana.
Equi Terme is a pleasant village located in the northest foothills of the Apuans Regional Park. This area is located in the east part of lunigiana, within Fivizzano council.
It is a famous thermal and tourist resort, well-known for its healing sulphureous water springs and spas.
The whole area is very rich in both superficial and subterranean water effects. The most enchanting karstic sites of the area are the Buca e Grotte di Equi Terme, a wide area of natural caves formed through ages and caused by the erosion action of the subterranean water streams.
Carrara Marble Quarries
Since Romans time, people have been extracting the precious white stone