Forno lies in the Frigido River valley at the feet of the Apuan Alps. In the village, the tourist will find the wonderful church of St. Peter and St. Paul of the 14th century, and near the source of the river, the textile factory of the 18th century, known as "La Filanda", which was destroyed during the Second World War and restored in 1985. Today it hosts Apuan Alps Park Visitor Centre. From Forno, Casette, Vergheto and the Valle degli Alberghi can be reached on foot.
Characterized by the St. Bartholomew Church and the variuos marble door pillars of its houses. Colonnata is famous for the typical food shops, where it's possible to find and buy the Lardo of Colonnata, made and preserved in the typical marble basins
The fortified village of Ponzanello, shows in the walls of the town three gates. Its strategic position made this castle one of the most important settlements along the access road to the Tyrrhenian coast from the inland.
The village of Torano is a very old village in the municipality of Carrara. Probably, its name derives from the use of bulls in the marble delivery. The village in the past represented the fixed route to the marble quarries. The village was the preferred destination of Michelangelo and Donatello, who came here to purchase the marble for their works.
Summer residence of Alberico Cybo, it is a village characterized by a walsl, elegant buildings and many Majesties.
Hamlets in the hinterland
On the left bank of the Taverone river, under the town of Licciana, lies Pontebosio. The name of the village derives from an ancient bridge, whose name is linked to the Bosi family, masters of the Verrucola of Fivizzano. In the main square, there is the Castle (1600). Ancient mill, with its grinders placed all around. On the river it is possible to see the remains of an ancient paper mill
Spectacular panoramic view on Garfagnana and on the Magra valley
The village stands on a hill, few kilometres south of Aulla. It has a formidable position, dominating the whole high course of the Magra River with the ruins of its castle. Its origins can be brought back to the Roman period
Caprigliola dominates the entrance of the Magra valley, dominating the roads of the commerce that went up towards Pontremoli and down to the harbours of Luni and Bocca di Magra. Its borgo is characterized by fortified walls, cylindrical tower, monumental doors, marble maestà.
The origins of Filetto date back to the Byzantine defence against the Longobards, in the VI and VII centuries. The defensive system, the "limes" was based on the castra of Filetto and Filattiera. To see the two monumental doors when we enter the borgo, the cylindrical tower, the Convent of the Frati Ospitalieri, a vast complex of the XVII century, with a beautiful inside cloister. A Medieval Market is organized in August each year.
It probably derives its name from the commerce of grain developed in the are in the Middle Age. Perhaps of roman origin, Gragnola is dominated by the castle of the Eagle, placed on the top of a hill.
The medieval village of Ponticello dates back to the XIV-XV century and it is situated approximately 3 kilometres from Filattiera. The village is characterized by different styles of arches, that connect the houses and by the imposing tower house of the X-XII century. It is a typical fortified construction with three overlapped rooms. The entrance was on the first floor, reachable with retractable stairs.
Tavernelle (Licciana Nardi)
Tavernelle is located along the road that from Licciana goes to the Lagastrello pass, on the right side of the Taverone stream. The suburb is very suggestive, characterized by portals, galleries and windows in sandstone. The name probably derives from the taverns of the medieval period, situated along the ancient "Street of the Salt. In fact, the suburb unties along one narrow street among the XV century buildings. Inside the suburb a tower house of 1516
The ancient Jera is situated on the track along the “Salt's Road". Nearby, passing the Bagnone stream towards Compione, the ruins of the castle of Jera are almost totally covered by the vegetation. There are rests of old walls, maybe remind to an old Roman aqueduct, lined up with the old mills, operated by the water of the Bagnone stream.
The sunny village of Vinca (808m above sea level) sits beneath the south-west east slopes of M. Pizzo d’Uccello, surrounded by the mountains of Pizzo d’Uccello, Grondilice and Sagro, surrounded by the ridges, peaks, pastures and woods of this splendid part of the Apuane Alps. This small village well preserves its culture, traditions and history. Famous for its bread, the Vinca bread, and the terrible massacre which happened during the second world war when 174 people were killed.
Looking for a deep rural holiday far from city life and mass turism? Visit also La Bedina Holiday Housein Lunigiana, north Tuscany in a small medieval village along via Francigena, in the chestnut forests of the Appennine mountains