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The Parana Waterfalls (Mulazzo)
Photo © Lunigiana World
Photo © Lunigiana World

Five waterfalls for your summer in Lunigiana

The natural beauty of the rivers and streams in northern Tuscany

Lunigiana
by  Lunigiana

With the heat of the summer months, nothing is more pleasant than a nice dip into the icy waters of the Lunigiana rivers. Lunigiana - a land nestled in the mountains of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park, full of streams that descend steeply from the mountains towards the bottom of the valley, creating pools - both large and small - and wonderful natural waterfalls which then flow down into the river Magra.

Here we suggest five waterfalls easy to reach.

Contents
  • 1.
    The Farfarà Waterfall (Pontremoli)
  • 2.
    The Cascata dei Fagianelli (Bagnone)
  • 3.
    The Parana Waterfalls (Mulazzo)
  • 4.
    The Marmitte dei Giganti di Mommio (Fivizzano)
  • 5.
    The Piscio di Pracchiola Waterfall (Pontremoli)
1.

The Farfarà Waterfall (Pontremoli)

The Farfarà Waterfall (Pontremoli)
The Farfarà Waterfall (Pontremoli) - Credit: Lunigiana World

The waterfall is located in the Valle del Verde, along the Via degli Abati, the historic route that connects Pontremoli to Piacenza and Bobbio. Along this trail, the abbots of San Colombano converted the populations of the Apennines between the 6th and 7th centuries.

After reaching the village of Cervara and the Lago Verde, a simple excursion suitable for everyone, lasting about 40 minutes, will lead to an incredible vantage point from which it will be possible to admire the waterfall from above. For the more adventurous - and equipped - it is also possible to reach the waterfall via the river ascent.

1.

The Cascata dei Fagianelli (Bagnone)

The Cascata dei Fagianelli (Bagnone)
The Cascata dei Fagianelli (Bagnone) - Credit: Lunigiana World

Along the CAI path 122 of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park that leads to the Passo delle Guadine, the Redivalle stream offers hikers a wonderful view of the Cascata dei Fagianelli, located near the homonymous bivouac. Here you will find an ancient transhumance path, still dotted with stone huts where the shepherds of the nearby village of Bagnone used to stay with their flocks during the summer pasture.

The trail is for expert hikers. Nearby you can also find the Bozzi di Vico Valle, a series of large and small pools, created by the flow of the torrent's waters.

1.

The Parana Waterfalls (Mulazzo)

The Parana Waterfalls (Mulazzo)
The Parana Waterfalls (Mulazzo) - Credit: Lunigiana World

Mulazzo is not only the right place for lovers of literature and history who, among the stone houses, can find the memories of Dante's exile and the Montereggio booksellers. The stunning waterfalls of Parana offer nature lovers an enchanting place made of pools with clear and fresh waters. An easy hiking trail, which takes about 30 minutes, leads to the waterfalls.

1.

The Marmitte dei Giganti di Mommio (Fivizzano)

The Marmitte dei Giganti di Mommio (Fivizzano)
The Marmitte dei Giganti di Mommio (Fivizzano) - Credit: Lunigiana World

These deep and gigantic pools of glacial origin are hidden in the woods of Mommio, in the Municipality of Fivizzano. To reach them, you need to follow a 15-minute hiking trail from the Restì farmhouse and continue on the marked CAI paths up to a small path located above the stream from which you can admire the waterfalls in all their splendour.

1.

The Piscio di Pracchiola Waterfall (Pontremoli)

The Piscio di Pracchiola Waterfall (Pontremoli)
The Piscio di Pracchiola Waterfall (Pontremoli) - Credit: Lunigiana World

In Valdantena, a few kilometres from the Cirone Pass that connects Pontremoli (MS) with Bosco di Corniglio (PR), the waterfall is formed from the original source of the Magra river whose springs are found between Monte Tavola and Monte Borgognone in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. After crossing the village of Pracchiola, a 40-minute hiking trail indicated by white signs leads to the spectacular waterfall. The trail has some difficult and challenging areas so care should be taken.

It is recommended to respect the nature of these delicate and legally protected places. It is forbidden to damage the flora and disturb the local fauna, light fires, cause disturbing noises, pollute water, and abandon garbage.

Those who want to venture into Lunigiana are asked to get information about the condition and difficulty of the trails and to be in possession of the necessary equipment and clothing.

 

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