The town of Massa Carrara has the sea on one side and beautiful, rolling countryside on the other. From the rugged peaks of the Apuan Alps, you’re treated with a stunning panoramic view of the entire coastline, from the Versilia to the gulf of La Spezia. The enormous white cliffs with the area’s marble caves are the results of hundreds of years of water erosion. The Lunigiana, on the border of Tuscany, has many medieval castles worth visiting, like the Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo, which sits at an altitude of 550m, offering stunning view all the way to the coast. Not far from here is the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park, home to many nature trails. The landscape within the park alternates between rocky slopes and grassy plains, like the Prati di Logarghena.
The Versilia is famous not only for its beautiful beaches, bathing resorts and fashionable nightclubs, but also for its many cycling paths, like the ones that connect the most important tourist spots, giving everyone, including families with small children, an alternative to a day at the beach. If you follow the bike trail from Viareggio, along the avenues through the Migliarino Park, you will eventually get to Torre del Lago. The town is home to the house built by Giacomo Puccini and where he composed some of his most famous operas, including Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly and La Fanciulla del West. Today, the building houses a museum dedicated to the composer.