The Magra River
Backbone of the valley by the same name, the Magra River originates at 1200 metres a.s.l – in between the Tavola and Borgognone Mountains – not far from Pontremoli from where it descends towards Aulla where it meets the Aulella torrent. From here the river reaches Liguria, where it merges with the Vara River, the longest river in this region. The river bed widens and it runs all the way to the sea, where it flows through Bocca di Magra and Fiumaretta into the Thyrrhenian waters.
As a torrent that becomes a river, it is very unpredictable and feared in the winter because of its frequent floods. It flows through alluvial forests, rural landscapes, wetlands and pebble banks, natural reserves and ever chancing scenarios, both in the area protected by the Montemarcello-Magra Regional Park, both in its tuscan segment where it is at the heart of two Natural Reserves and of a bird LIPU oasis.
It’s possible to enjoy pleasant days along the river banks, into the nature, by bike, in the paddle, walking and photographing the many idillic sites. You can also go swimming and fishing if allowed.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana