Colognora di Pescaglia, in almost unknown village, is located in the municipality of Pescaglia, in the province of Lucca, and dates to 828 BCE. Exploring this traditional village, surrounded by chestnut woods, is like stepping back in time, and the small gardens dotted throughout offer spectacular views of the Apuan Alps. Colognora’s fame increased a few years ago, when Hollywood director Spike Lee chose the village as a location for filming Miracle at St. Anna in 2007 and 2008. The movie was shot along the Gothic Line, which was the last major line of defense in the final stages of World War II. According to the producer Luigi Musini, “the location is highly representative of what the war was in Italy, what our resistance was. Truly dramatic episodes took place there.”
The hamlet is also famous for being the hometown of Alfredo Catalani (June 19, 1854 – August 7, 1893), the opera composer whose best remembered for his works Loreley (1890) and La Wally (1892).