Sarzana, Italian Riviera

Sarzana The history of Sarzana dates back to Roman times and its many fortifications bear witness to the various powers who sought to defend this large settlement through the course of the centuries. Strategically set on an extensive fertile plain on the route connecting Tuscany to Liguria and Emilia, it was ideally positioned both for farming and for trade. As…

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre – Liguria, Italy This dramatically mountainous strip of Ligurian territory, bordering the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and cradling the so-called ‘Five Lands’, or five ancient fishing villages, forms some of Italy’s most extraordinary and best preserved landscape. The rocky cliff-faces, stretching between Cape Mesco in the west and Cape Manara in the east, plunge precipitously into the…

Porto Venere

Porto Venere Although it is not one of the Cinque Terre, Portovenere’s brightly coloured tower-houses lend it a similar picturesque appearance to one of its famous neighbouring fishing villages. Indeed, the town and its unique setting form one of the most attractive and easily accessible sights on this coastline. Its beauty dates back to Roman times, when it was founded…

Apuan Alps Regional Park

Apuan Alps Regional Park Even if Lunigiana isn’t a huge region, its territory is comprised into several parks, among which there’s the Apuan Alps Regional Park, an important institution working fot the protection and promotion of the Apuan natural landscape, a unique territory characterized by one of the most peculiar marbles in the world. The park was founded in 1985…

Vezzano Ligure’s Pentagonal Tower

Vezzano Ligure’s Pentagonal Tower From the top of the hill where the ancient settlement of Vezzano inferiore is located, the Pentagonal Tower rises above the rooftops and the tall trees of the nearby courtyard. This impressive architectural structure once protected the majestic castle, to which it was connected by a seven-meter-high wooden bridge. This structure dates back to the Twelfth…