Best taste of Lunigiana and Candia hills

A quick list of must-tastes in the Lunigiana area

There is a territory in the northernmost part of Tuscany famous for its untypical landscape, created by the nearness of the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrenian sea.

There, you can walk up the mountains of marble to a height of 2000 metres and enjoy the sea and the sandy coastline, as well as discover wooded uplands alternated with hilly land full of vineyards.

Carrara [Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
Carrara [Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]

Through the “Strada del Vino dei Colli di Candia e di Lunigiana” in the Massa Carrara province, there are many itineraries for trekkers, bike lovers and, of course, for foodies.

What you must taste

Very special breads

Marocca di Casola bread obtained by mixing chestnut flour, wheat flour and some mashed potatoes.

Vinca bread: Tuscan bread, still baked in wood ovens.

Marocco di Montignoso bread: made using corn flour, wheat flour and yeast.

Tasting Colonnata lard in Colonnata [Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
Tasting Colonnata lard in Colonnata [Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
Unique salamis

Colonnata lard: a salami made from pork lard and cured in local Carrara marble quarries.

Testaroli
Testaroli
Unusual types of fresh pasta

Testaroli:  an unusual type of fresh pasta, made from an egg-free dough that is squished between the testi like a crepe and then briefly plunged into boiling water before serving.

Torta di riso or rice cake
Torta di riso or rice cake
Special dishes and meat

Herb pie: a delicious home-made savoury vegetable pie.

Rice cake: a tasty recipe full of liquor, rice, sugar and lots of eggs.

Zeri’s lamb: a delicious and unique lamb that can be found only in Zeri.

Honey of Lunigiana
Honey of Lunigiana
DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) Honey

Honey of Lunigiana, was the first in Italy to obtain DOP status from the European Union,. Currently, it is the only DOP honey in Tuscany.

Vineyards on the Candia hills
Vineyards on the Candia hills
DOC (Controlled designation of origin) and IGT (indicazione Geografica Tipica) wines

Candia of the Apuan hills DOC (red and white, dry and semi-sweet), Colli di Luni DOC (red and white), Val di Magra I.G.T. and Toscana I.G.T: these wines are produced from the local grape species: Vermentino, Albarola and Durella for the whites; Massaretta, black Vermentino, Pollera and others for the reds.

Candia hills [Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
Candia hills [Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]