The ancient settlement of Arcola is a borderline village between the Magra Valley and the sea, between the La Spezia Gulf and the historical region of Lunigiana. It origins date back to the sixth century BC, when the Roman soldiers made this territory a transitional storage area during the great assault to the Apuan-Ligurian tribe. The same hillside village was one of the first to arise at the end of the first millennium, a refuge for those who were escaping from the unhealthy marshes of Luni. A maze of houses, alleys and stairways characterizes its structure, similar to many of the medieval hamlets that face the Magra valley.
Positioned at the top of the village, overlooking the entire plain, the unmistakable pentagonal tower is all that is left of the original ancient and majestic Obertenghi castle, that has been restructured and transformed various times throughout the centuries.
Walk down the narrow alleyways of the centre, discover the ancient barrel vaulted cellars and the turreted houses that have maintained their medieval charm, peruse the historical shops that still sell typical and genuine products of this area’s particularly rich gastronomic tradition. Thanks to its unique position, Arcola’s variety of delicatessen comprises specialities from Lungiana’s hinterland – cheeses, pies, legumes and hot soups – and traditional seaside dishes with fresh and dried fish.
But, if truth be told, among all the tastebud-awakeners that this village has to offer, the real excellence of Arcola lies in its wine. Vineyard slopes descend towards the Magra river Valley on one side, and towards the evocative Gulf of Poets on the other. The warm climate tempered by the sea breeze guarantees the perfect ripening of the grapes.
An absolute must, Arcola e i suoi vini is a traditional festival that has been taking place for over thirty years, quenching the thirst of wine lovers from all over the world and offering the splendid setting of Villa Picedi Benettini in Baccano, a superb location that has managed to preserve the ancient charm of historical plantations combining it with the timeless elegance of its welcoming atmosphere. A unique occasion to discover the extraordinary enchantment that inhabits these lands.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana