The small medieval village of Fosdinovo is located in the heart of Lunigiana, that part of Tuscany perhaps most unknown, but which reserves for those who visit it for the first time such a variety of landscapes that are difficult to forget.
Lunigiana combines an unparalleled environmental diversity with a millenary history that has seen distant cultures and civilizations meet, collide and merge, creating that wealth of knowledge, flavors and traditions that makes it extraordinary.
The Apuan Alps and the marble quarries, the villages with their castles, the Tyrrhenian coast and the Cinque Terre. Mountains, woods, rivers, sea …
When one thinks of Lunigiana, the mind imagines green hills, small perched villages and majestic medieval castles, but also the sea here is the protagonist of a unique landscape.The Tyrrhenian coast is here dotted with villages overlooking the sea that made writers such as Shelley, Byron, Petrarca and Montale fall in love.On the one hand starting from Marinella it arrives down to Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, on the other with the beautiful beaches of Punta Bianca and Punta Corvo, Lerici, Tellaro, the island of Palmaria, Fiascherino, Porto Venere runs up to the Cinque Lands.
Seeing them from the coast is a real spectacle. They are the Apuan Alps, unmistakable bare and sharp peaks that form the scenic backdrop to the Lunensi hills and with sculptural monumentality divide the landscape with the more verdant forms of the Apennines. However, it is the marble, unique in the world for purity and brilliance, that makes these mountains famous. It was the Romans, more than two millennia ago, who were the first to notice the incomparable quality of the Apuan stone. It was then the Renaissance and the genius of Michelangelo that made white Carrara marble an absolute synonym of sculpture. The Apuan Alps are also an extraordinary naturalistic heritage, protected by a Regional Park, where you can take advantage of a dense network of paths to be covered on foot or on horseback, along the watershed ridges that divide the internal Lunigiana from the coast and push the gaze, from a side, towards green hills, in a succession of villages and castles and, on the other, towards the winking sparkle of the sea, from which you can see the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago in the distance.
Talking about Lunigiana is talking about its castles, discovering its history and getting to know this borderland between Tuscany, Emilia and Liguria better. 'But how many castles are there in Lunigiana?' - 'More than a hundred ...' - and those who do not know this land and have never visited it do not exaggerate. Crossing the Land of the Hundred Castles, it is impossible not to be fascinated by it, impossible not to follow yet another road sign indicating the presence of a fortification, if only to see what is left of it. Impossible not to be influenced by the magnificence of some or by the romantic charm of others. Noble residences, bulwarks, military fortresses and towers that run along the ridges, controlling rivers and trade routes...
Small villages that seem carved out of sandstone; severe guardians on the peaks of the Lunensi hills; small villages overlooking the sea, with colored huts as the Ligurians like; countries that over the centuries have sought emancipation from medieval gray, opening up to the taste of Renaissance and Baroque Florence. These are the many faces of the villages of Lunigiana, the true and beating heart of the history and culture of this land.