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Lunigiana

Lunigiana is the undiscovered northernmost tip of Tuscany that protrudes into Liguria and Emilia to link the Apennines with the craggy Alpi Apuane, providing a beautiful backdrop to Tuscany’s Mediterranean beaches.
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty dotted with ancient hill-top villages and terraced olive groves. The pace is slow, the food and wine wonderful, and the locals are extremely friendly and welcoming. Lunigiana is still associated with the smell of burning wood and fermenting wine, and is extremely tranquil.
The weather in June, July and August is fairly hot, but during the Spring and Autumn, the days are generally warm and sunny, though cooler at night. September and October are an interesting time to visit, as it is the time of the “vendemmia” or grape harvest. “Porcini” mushrooms are also to be found at this time of year, and the locals will be out collecting them from the woods.
Lunigiana is a paradise for walkers, and is full of natural curiosities, such as the caves near Equi Terme, site of the natural sulphur baths. If you wish to visit the famous cities of Florence, Pisa and Lucca, they are all accessible by train from the local town of Aulla.
Aulla is the main town in the area, from which the Taverone and Aulella valleys radiate, the hillsides of which are covered with chestnut woods and high meadows. At the end of the Taverone valley, the Lagastrello pass marks the route through into Parma Province, the source of the River Taverone and the end of the Crenale mountain ridge. Leading more directly east, from Aulla, the old Lucca road runs along the Aulella valley, through Casola and on into the Parco Alpi Apuane, before turning south along the old pilgrim road to Lucca.
Bordering Lunigiana to the west, past La Spezia, and the famous pretty fishing villages of the Cinque Terre is the province of Liguria, with its sandy beaches and pleasant climate.

 
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