Montignoso municipality - Il Piccolo Nido Holiday House

Il Piccolo Nido Holiday House
Versilia - Montignoso - Tuscany
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Il Piccolo Nido

Montignoso is between Versilia and Massa stretching from the top of Apuan Alps height to the sand of the coast, crossed by the Pannosa River. You can find a variety of different landscapes from the beaches to the marshes of Porta Lake and finally the mountain landscapes of the Apuan Alps. Montignoso is included in the protected area of Apuan Alps Regional Park. About the origin of its name, it could be linked to the tradition of lighting fires on the mountains in order to make signs to sailor men. From this tradition, the Latin name of Mons Igneus, a mountain of fire. The clear sea waters, the well organized beach resorts, the proximity to Versilia, Garfagnana, Lunigiana and Tuscan cities of art, the touristic airport, the sea port and finally the Spa of Villa Undulna attract every year numerous tourists from Italy and abroad who decide to spend their holiday in Montignoso.

Montignoso is dominated by its Castle, the fortress of Aghinolfi. Among the castles of Massa Carrara, it is one of the most ancient and it was an element of the byzantine Limes, on the border with the Lombard territories. The fortress has probably roman origins, it has always been an important control centre being on main roads such as via Aurelia and via Francigena. Before the arrival of the Romans the area was inhabited by the Liguri - Apuani who where defeated by the Romans who understand the strategic position of this land for their commercial traffics. It has been contended for centuries by the military forces of Pisa, Genoa and Lucca. It played a strategic role also in the Second World War.

All the territory of Massa Carrara is a perfect destination for food&wine tourisms. Among the typical products of Montignoso very famous is the pane marocco, a bread prepared with corn and wheat flour, black olives, olive oil and red chilly. It was cooked on chestnut leaves. The sausages are still prepared with a very old recipe, the biroldo, is the most ancient among the cold meets rich in flavours, perfect to be served cold or on warm dishes, the lard, recently rediscovered and left to mature in the marble basins of the Colonnata quarries (visit the photo gallery of the marble basins found in the Apuan territory in the website of Adò - only in italian - click on the word LE CONCHE); the apuan mortadella, made from an accurate selections of meets and following old recipes, with a delicate taste and flavour; and last the Apuan pecorino cheese with its pale yellow colour, slightly salty prepared only with the milk of the sheeps of the area. You can enjoy it fresh or matured and it is perfect with pears.

Looking for a deep rural holiday far from city life and mass turism? Visit also La Bedina Holiday House in Lunigiana, north Tuscany in a small medieval village along via Francigena, in the chestnut forests of the Appennine mountains
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