What is certain is that over the centuries Montemarcello has charmed writers, journalists, poets and artists who have decided to move here in order to find daily inspiration, tranquility and beauty .
It is fascinating to get lost in its narrow streets and small squares meet overlooked by houses perfectly preserved, or meet on their way of witness the distant past, such as the thirteenth-century round tower placed at the northern entrance of the village and the church of San Pietro (dating back to the Fifteenth century but modified in the Baroque period) which holds within it the works of great artistic value, including a wooden triptych of the Fourteenth century and marble altarpiece dated 1529.
With a brick paved path, you can also go into the maquis that protects the historic center from the winds coming from the sea. Here you will meet old farmhouses renovated and converted into luxury residences and arrive, finally, on the cliff tops overlooking the sea, overlooking the small bay of Punta Corvo, reached by 700 steps carved into the mountain.
Not far from town, you can also visit the Park of environmental art Marrana and the Botanical Garden that allows you to discover, through the guided tours, the flora and fauna of the Park and enjoy a magnificent view of the valley of the Magra and the Apuan Alps.
A promontory between valley and the sea, a river to set its inland borders and the Mediterranean sea on the other side, the cliffs underneath and and incredible natural, cultural and historical heritage: this is the Montemarcello-Magra Regional Park; a territory 4320 hectares large and which includes 18 municipalities of the La Spezia Province.
In this park the maritime villages, the breathtaking bays and the cliffs are surrounded by a lush mediterranean vegetation i which medioeval villages are hidden; it is a territory looking to the Magra river valley and its unique natural enviroment, it is a territory that enters the Ligurian inlands along the Vara river.
Here the visitors have many choices: from suggestive hikes on the coastal line, to canoe and raft rides along the Vara river, form romantic boat trips on the sea or going up the Magra river, from birdwatching to culinary explorations, from horse-rides to mountain-bike, from trekkings on to the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri trails to adventures in the Gulf of Poets…
To protect the natural enviroment of this area – which in the past has been severely threatened by men’s actions – is a constant challenge and the Park welcomes visitors of all ages and passions to live what is has to offer at its full. Come and enjoy it!
Source: Trame di Lunigiana