The Cinque Terre National Park, listed as world heritage, environmental and cultural heritage, provides environmental and cultural features as giving value: coast overlooking the sea with bays and beaches, thousands of kilometers of the typical “a secco” stone walls marking the terraces for growing grapes, the typical rustic houses, medieval towns, sanctuaries, scenic trails on the sea and on the slopes. Add then the precious Ligurian wines, fresh fish, cooking and traditional crafts, to catch the value of this area.
The park includes the mountain range that stretches for about twenty miles between the provinces of Lucca and Massa Carrara. Among the thick woods, the chestnut and beech forests of higher altitudes, stand tall pinnacles and peaks Dolomites-like and amazing stone arches. The most famous is Monte Forato, who every year defies time and renews the magic of the summer solstice. The possibility of hiking, horseback or mountain bike are lots and should be evaluated carefully, depending on the season and your training. the Park Visitor Centers and Orientation Points, open in summer, can suggest excursions and itineraries also providing detailed material such as guide books and maps.
Every corner of these villages hides the testimony of his past: castles, walls, squares, towers and old shops. Due to their position, enjoy the view over the valley of Magra and after a cultural dive, follow the offered natural itineraries. A 360 degrees holiday, between traditions, history, festivals and gastronomy. A route between scents, flavors of the past, untouched nature and an environment that keeps the taste of the past, for those looking for places where the atmosphere has remained that of a time. Not only cities like Massa and Carrara, but also small towns perched on the hills of Lunigiana. In every town there are traces of history that have shaped this territory.
Sarzana is a small town of western Liguria, the historic heart of Lunigiana. Despite its not extensive dimensions, the city is home to many attractions, urban and territorial. The old town of Sarzana presents an important architectural heritage, homogeneous substrate of an old history, coming from the Roman colony of Luni. The center still retains a medieval structure, traceable especially in ancient Citadella and Firmafede Fortress.
Pietrasanta, in the province of Lucca, is a wonderful Art City of Versilia which, thanks to its magnificent territory characterized by sea, hills, mountains, culture and entertainment, is a popular tourist resort, ideal for any kind of stay in all seasons year. Made famous by the international community of artists such as Botero, Mitoraj, Kan Yasuda, Pietrasanta has a rich and great artisan tradition, still alive in the laboratories, in companies specializing in artistic mosaic and art foundries. Renamed "The Little Athens" for the excellent cultural and artistic heritage, Pietrasanta has a charming old town full of amazing monuments. The coastal strip of Versilia, 13 miles of wide sandy beach, up to 650 ft long, gently sloping into the sea.