Post-card from Lunigiana
The word "Lunigiana" comes from the name of Luni, the town founded by the Romans in 177 B.C. on the mouth of the river Magra. Today it describes the valley of this river and those of its tributaries, although its historical borders are much wider.
Overlapping Tuscany and Liguria, lunigiana presents the characteristics belonging to both; to their country sides, their diverse cultures, their architecture and to the cordiality of their people. It covers a small area and homogeneous and rich in history it offers a kaleidoscope of light, colours and e series of delightful images set against a background of green and coming to an end in the lofty regions of the crenellated Apuans and the meadow Apennines.
Everywhere the eye turns it sees traces of Italian and European history, from distant Prehistory to the Middle Ages and modern times.
The whole area is characterised by a picturesque sequence of castles, Roman Churches, walled villages, rustic and gentilities dwellings which all represent the vestiges of a highly civilized people, the product of a cultural development kept intact throughout the centuries.
Every age brought its own people and armies who contributed to creating the settlements and, most important, the defence systems. The now faint trails of the Bronze and Longobard fortifications; sheer-walled 14th century castles; imposing 16th century constructions with 17th century ramparts.
The people and armies also brought new ideas. They can be seen in the stele-statue religion and particularly in Christianity which raised impressive Roman churches.
Besides the architectural and the monumental, Lunigiana offers the tourist a mild climate, a calm and soothing atmosphere in the hills covered with green woods and crisscrossed by clear streams full o fish. Lunigiana caters for all, offering a variety of modern facilities and accommodation ( hotels, camping-site, tourist villages and agri-tourism centres ).
Each of the 14 "comuni " or municipals has its own attractions; museum, spa-waters, sports centres; there is an important underground cave ( Grotto of Equi );
Summer and ski resorts ( Zum Zeri ), and trekking on foot or on horse-back.
Then add to all this the folklore, traditions, gastronomy and local handicraft that never cease to surprise.
There is a large network of motorways ( Genoa-Leghorn, Parma-Mare-Sea ); roads ( N.1 Aurelia, N. 62 della Cisa, N.63 del Cerreto ); and rail-ways ( Turin-Genoa-Rome, Milan-Leghorn ) along with the very good minor road network that penetrates the whole territory and leads to the unique views over the Apennines, to the Alpine shelters and to ancient villages clinging to the mountain sides all waiting to be discovered, understood and loved.
This is a quiet hospitable area of manifold aspects, scenery and resources which give it all the requisites for holidays and enable it to satisfy even the most demanding requirements.
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