Learn to cook like an ItalianTake advantage of the cooking courses available. Whether you would like to enjoy the culinary delights of Italian cuisine for one or two days or perhaps a week, Lunigiana offers courses in typical local restaurants and with qualified chefs.
Shop like an ItalianItaly is famous for its fashion and design which you will find in the boutiques and shops around the country.
There are also numerous shopping Outlets offering important brands at discount prices. Lunigiana has a large outlet with children’s play area, ample parking and several restaurants just off the A12 motorway at Brugnato.
Both La Spezia and Sarzana have a good selection of shops along pedestrian streets in the centre of town.
MarketsThere are very few towns or villages in Italy without their own market. The local markets are vibrant and colourful with heaps of atmosphere where you can buy anything from parmesan cheese to paresols. The majority of markets are open just mornings until 1pm.
Here is just a selection of some local markets:
Wednesday: Forte di Marmi (high quality and designer clothing)
Thursday all day: Sarzana
Friday all day: La Spezia
If you are a keen cook and looking for fresh produce (especially fish), don’t miss out on the morning market (Mon – Fri) in La Spezia.
On the main road leading out of Aulla towards Pontemoli there is a large Conad with car park, there is also a Conad in the centre of Aulla by the river. There are several smaller brand supermarkets in the town.
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There is a new large supermarket with parking close to the station. There is also a Conad in the centre of town and PAM on the main road.
Conad is in the centre of town.
There is a supermarket by the bus station and a selection of grocery shops and smaller supermarkets.
There are several supermarkets in town and a large Ipercoop on the Via Aurelia.
Has a wide selection of supermarkets including Esselunga
Enjoy the outdoor life
Take the time to relax and enjoy the many rock pools and waterfalls in the crystal clear rivers which are so cool and relaxing in the hot summer months.
The coastline of Lunigiana is beautiful from the craggy beaches of Fiascherino to the long stretch of golden sandy beaches along Versilia. There are both public and private beaches – the private beaches can be entered on payment of a daily rate and will supply sunbeds and colourful umbrellas they also have a bar for drinks and food.
Some beaches offer water sports with canoes, pedalos, water skiing, etc…
There are beaches along the Gulf of the Poets at San Terenzo and Venere Azzura with ample parking close by.
The Cinque Terre are five villages strung along the cliffs north of La Spezia and are linked with superb paths that meander along the coastline. The steep terraced vineyard plunges to the sea with narrow beaches at Corniglia and Monterosso. A train travels between these villages and offers the best option for travel. Cars are not recommended as parking and access is limited especially during the summer months.
Lunigiana offers a host of well-marked trails both through the wooded hills or along the ridge of the Apennine mountains. There are several lakes (Parco dei Cento Laghi) in the mountains and superb hikes up to the peaks. CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) has issues a guide called “Passeggiate ed escursioni a Fivizzano e dintorni” and the Parco Appennino have a web site listing the major walking trails www.parcoappennino.it and also organise group walks with a guide.
The Via Francigena, a pilgrim route that runs through Lunigiana is the old European highway linking Canterbury to Rome. It has been restored and offers trails along the ancient water mills and inns with a gastronomic walk from Virgoletta to Merizzo.
Enjoy the coastal footpaths along the Cinque Terre between seaside villages that meander through the vineyards with superb views.
Lunigiana offers three ski resort that offer a good day out amongst spectacular mountain scenery. In Lunigiana you will find the resorts of Zum Zeri above Pontremoli, Cerreto Laghi above Fivizzano and Pratospilla above Comano.
Zum Zeri and the beautiful Passo dei Due Santi has over 7 km of piste, a ski school and snow-park. Great for families with youg children as it offers good nursery slopes. Equipment hire is available and there is also a shop and good restaurant and bar for hot chocolate! Zum Zeri is about 18 kilometres from Pontremoli. For full information, directions, the latest weather and webcams, visit www.zumzeri.net
Cerreto Laghi on the border of Emilia Romagna in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park. It offers around 30 km of piste, a snow park, cross country runs and ski school. There is also an indoor ice rink for skating. Equipment can be hired on site and there are several hotels, restaurants and shops.
To reach Cerreto Laghi you take the SS63 towards Fivizzano. For full information, directions, the latest weather and webcams, visit www.cerretolaghi-ski.it/
The Pratospilla resort is located up the mountain from Tavernelle – Comano just over the border from Lunigiana in Emila Romagna. Located at 1,350 metres above sea level, a chair lift will take you up to 1,700 metres. Pratospilla offers skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and walking, plus a ski school and equipment hire. There is also a shop, restaurant and bar.
To reach Pratospilla, head towards Licciana Nardi and Tavernelle to the Lagastrello pass. For full information, directions, the latest weather and webcams, visit www.pratospilla.pr.it
Not only does Lunigiana have the mountains, beautiful coast lines, medieval castles and excellent food, but Lunigiana is also a land full of trails for mountain bikers and cyclists alike. There are numerous options through the woods and towns.
The Taverone river is considered, at both a national and international level, to be an excellent river for canoeing offering extreme beauty and requiring technical ability. Information Club della Val di Taro
Fosdinovo Adventure Park
Parco Avventura Fosdinovo is one of the best equipped adventure parks of its kind in Italy. Enjoy, the purpose built mountain bike course. Bungee trampolines, 6 aerial obstacle courses and zipwires. The park overlooks the Malaspina castle and is easily accessible from the main road. Parking on site. www.parcoavventurafosdinovo.com
Lunigiana is an exciting place to go horse riding, with a wide range of options for enthusiasts. Rides can last for a couple of hours or stretch to trekking over several days. There is something to suit the beginner as well as the most experienced rider.
An important horse fair is held every year in Comano the third weekend of September.
Strada del Vino
The D.O.C wines of Candia dei Colli di Luni are produced throughout Lunigiana, Carrara, Massa and Montignoso. The middle and upper Magra Valley wines have gained IGT classification and the whole province is part of the IGT Tuscany.
There is a route ‘La Strada del Vino’ that winds through the vineyards across beautiful landscape crossing over the Candia hills to Fosdinovo through Ceserano, San Terenzo Monti, Fivizzano and Aulla up towards Pontremoli along the Magra valley passing towers and castles along the way.
Each side of the valley has its own particular richness of vegetation, cultivated fields opening onto the vineyards alongside ancient chestnut woods.
Strada del Vino has a surprising variety of vines, some indigenous, others imported. Pollera , Abarola , Sangiovese , Ciliegiolo, Vermentino, Malvasia, Durella and Merlot are the most common varieties .