The Province of Massa-Carrara is situated on the border with Liguria and Emilia Romagna, and is characterized by an extensive coastal area rich in tourist accommodation structures and modern sea resorts.
A short distance from the sea, the Apuan Alps are a paradise for nature lovers and excursionists, both in summer and in winter, offering the possibility to stay in comfortable mountain refuges.
The spectacular white marble caves in the heart of these mountains are unique in the world and reveal themselves as a gleaming vision before the visitor’s eyes. Entering the mountain’s heart, one can touch the same precious stony elements preferred by artists like Michelangelo and Canova.
Arriving from the north, one reaches Lunigiana, embedded within two natural parks (of the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines). Lunigiana offers many interesting culinary itineraries and holidays in prestigious agritouistic structures, engulfed among green hills, castles, romantic pievi (Romanesque abbey churches) and elegant towns including Pontremoli, Fivizzano and Aulla.
On the coast lie Carrara, with its Cathedral entirely built out of marble, and Massa, dominated by the Malaspina fortress. Both old town centers are ideal for walks during which one can admire the local art and shop at the same time.
All this is just a few miles from the wide beaches of the Apuan Coast, an ideal extension of Versilia that is comprised of Cinquale di Montignoso, Poveromo, Ronchi, Marina di Massa and Marina di Carrara.
PROVINCE OF LA SPEZIA
Beaches overlooking a crystal-clear sea, spectacular views, a marvelous artistic legacy, and small villages set within green valleys, alive with ancient traditions: all this and much more await the visitor in the Province of La Spezia.
One of the most wonderful stretches of the Ligurian Riviera can be found here: Golfo dei Poeti, Poets’ Gulf, named for the love that many great writers and poets have demonstrated for this land.
Steep cliffs, dense pine woods, romantic coves and exceptional beaches, along with picturesque villages perched atop the bluffs, draw the coastal landscape, striking the visitor’s eye with all their beauty.
Lerici, Portovenere, the Island of Palmaria and the Islets of Tino and Tinetto are the best-known destinations, with La Spezia at the Gulf’s center.
Eventually, the visitor arrives at one of the most beautiful scenes of Italy, the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (together with Porto Venere) for their extraordinary relationship between man and nature, a harmonious balance that stuns the visitor.
The Cinque Terre (“the Five Lands”) are five villages – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
These are places to discover one after the other, with each boasting its own natural and artistic treasures.
Along the furthest stretch of La Spezia’s coast lie Levanto, Bonassola, Framura and Deiva Marina, charming villages surrounded by cliffs and beaches, by green hills and the beautiful sea.
La Spezia Province, however, is not made up of its littoral alone. The interior has many hidden treasures as well.
Green forests, rolling hills, wide valleys marked by the many streams, and Medieval villages unite to form astonishing landscape, filled with history and ancient traditions, removed from the noise of modern life, where people still lovingly work the land – actions reciprocated, of course, by the harvests that characterize the local cuisine.