Lunigiana is a large valley at the northernmost of Tuscany between Liguria and Emilia Romagna regions, along the river Magra and its affluents.
Marked by sweet hills, immense green meadows and high mountains, it is surrounded by the Appennines and the Alps Apuane mountains, Lunigiana is a small region that offers a mild climate and a sweet atmosphere, perfect for resting and holidays
Its name comes from the ancient roman settlement, Luni, very close to the modern town of Sarzana, where it is still possible to walk trough the beautiful ruins.
The millenial signs are visible everywhere. From mysterious “statue stele”, pre-historical statues visible at the Pontremoli museum, to romanic churches, to medieval castles (Sarzana castle is a must see along with some shopping) and old villages (Filetto, Ponticello and Malgrate worth visiting) or baroque palaces (the Dosi Palace in Pontremoli).
Cooking in Lunigiana starts from natural ingredients and local products. Testaroli, panigacci, torta d’erbi are just few of the many traditional dishes.
Traditional folkloric festivals, trekking into the wild nature, hundreds of castles, the ancient Via Francigena, rivers and streams are examples of how our wonderful land can be ralaxing and satisfying.
In Pontremoli don’t miss Antica Pasticceria degli Svizzeri for a cappuccino with traditional pastries and Caveau del Teatro or l’Antica Trattoria Pelliccia if you are looking for gourmet meals.
For more information please visit Lunigiana tourist site.