Dominates an immense panorama of the Serchio valley and the entire chain of the Apuan Alps. From the earliest times hinges between the provinces of Lucca and Modena, proof of it is the Bar of the area: you can enjoy coffee in the district of Lucca and pay it in the district of Modena. The village retains its ancient characteristics dominated by the Sanctuary, where the remains of S. Pellegrino and S. Bianco and the ancient hospice are housed where the Museum of Peasant Civilization is set up (Museo della Civiltà Contadina).
From the top of its 600 mt the Fortress dominates the Apuan Alps, the Apennine valleys, the Pania of Corfino and much of the bottom valley: a spectacle of unique beauty. It is possible to enter the Archeodromo to see live a faithful reconstruction of life in medieval times in costume, the tools of daily life and the weapons used during battles and sieges. If fortune assist you, you could come across the ghost of the Fortress: Captain Francesco Accorsini, accused of magic and sorcery and so sentenced to death.
The Adventure Buffardello Park is a real novelty in the deep Garfagnana. An ancient wood of three hectares and half, nearby the Orecchiella Park, with an awesome view on the Apuans Alps and the Verrucole Fortress.
Inside the Park there are pic-nic areas with tables, free to use barbecues, a play area for kids, a bar with a toilet and a wide green relax area.
THE PARK ACCESS IS FREE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT ATTENDING THE ITINERARIES.
Fivizzano was born at the footsteps of ancient merchant routes (the one leading to Livorno, the one that turned to the Riviera of Levante and that from the Po Valley). The great Medici square is noteworthy, with the fountain donated by Cosimo III in 1682, the elegant palaces and the seat of the sixteenth “Literary Academy of the Imperfections”.
Also to visit is the “Arlia Mill”. An old three-milled water mill, restored and used today for grinding chestnuts and cereals.
In Fivizzano, every summer is held the “Fivizzano Music World”: a unique encounter of artists of all disciplines and nationalities. As example, 67 Countries present in the 2004 edition with over 3,000 international top artists.
The castle overlooks the landscape of the small hamlet of Fosdinovo. It is one of the most fascinating fortresses in Lunigiana and its architecture and strategic position and for the stories and legends that have been theater over the centuries. Magnificently furnished rooms, towers, slums and cobblestones, secret inner courtyards, windows and slots where you can enjoy breathtaking views from the Alps to the Apennines to the sea, in the distance Corsica, Elba, The Gulf of Poets Up to the French Alps, and then ceramic frescoes, gold coins, weapons and tools of torture. The visit to the castle is definitely a journey through history and mystery to the countless legends surrounding it.
The village of Equi Terme is located in the eastern Lunigiana between the marble mountains of the Apuan Alps Park. Here are the caves of Equi, born from long erosion processes after remarkable karst phenomena. Do not miss the Buca: an ancient natural cave studied since the ‘700, the Caves with their network of tunnels and underground ponds that can be visited since 2004, the Tecchia: a prehistoric tract not yet accessible, and lastly the Solco: a narrow and deep natural canyon at the foot of the Pizzo d’Uccello.
The Cinque Terre are one of the most popular destinations easily reachable from the Garfagnana: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. These quaint villages offer a unique blend of the landscape, traditions, and marine life of this world famous stretch of coastline: 18 Km of rocky shores, colorful houses overhanging the sea, caves, beaches and stunning trails will make your visit unforgettable.
The visit to the marble quarries of Torano, Fantiscritti and Colonnata is unique and unforgettable: along the route of the former marble railway, you can discover the journey of marble, passing through Vara’s bridges and inside tunnels excavated in the rock, blocks of marble were transported downstream by the method of “lizzatura” and arrived at the port of Luni on wagons carried by steers. Do not miss the Fantiscritti quarry museum, which brings to the memory of visitors the hard life of cavers and quarry work. The museum is located in the heart of the Carrara marble quarries, so you can tap into the original material of Michelangelo, in places where he was intent on arriving to model the mountain to make it a great driving light for sailors.
Passo dei Carpinelli in Via Statale 445
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