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Lunigiana is in the northern part of Tuscany with its unspoilt and magical backdrop of the Apuane Alps. Lunigiana is the land of a hundred castles, medieval villages, with its cobbled roads and summer festivals to keep you busy on those warm summer nights.

An aristocratic town close by, once run by the Medici family of Florence.
Fivizzano is an attractive market town full of palazzi. In July the young people of Fivizzano participate in colourful flag waving performances, dancing and mock duels at the Piazza Medicea, with its elegant central fountain.

Equi Terme
An ancient hamlet set at the foot of the Apuane Alps. The spa town has a slight scent of sulpher and claims its waters have restorative and healing powers. There are also guided tours to the caves where Palaeolithic men and dogs were found. Enjoy the waterfall which after some rainfall is very dramatic.

Is very unspoilt and is the base for for walking and many marked routes taking in springs, pastures and mountain tracks. We understand Comano will be hosting a horse festival in September near the castle of Comano.
Chestnuts have been important to the area with many recipes and has an award winning resturant with reasonable prices.

Aulla is the southern gateway to Lunigiana and is dominated by the fortress of Brunella which today is the home of the Natural History Museum.
Originally built in the 15th century as a defensive rather than residential castle with walls 3 meters thick. Aulla is a thriving centre with excellent road and rail links.

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