The Lunigiana is a fascinating and mysterious land, a territory that tells stories with its hamlets, its parish churches and its castles. Pontremoli is not an exception, it is known as the “city of bridges” because of the two rivers that pass trough it: the Verde and the Magra.
Its strategic position has been very important for the development of its culture and its traditions. Moreover, being located along the Via Francigena, it has always been a “front door” for Tuscany.
To discover Pontremoli, on foot or on mountain bike, one can follow many itineraries depending on what are the preferences. For this reason we will suggest you 4 alternatives to explore art, flavors and mysteries in Pontremoli.
The path starts from the De Gasperi bridge on the side of the police station. It can be travelled by bike, on horseback or on foot. This itinerary offers the opportunity to see the wonderful palaces and bridges located in the historical centre. After passing the modern De Gasperi bridge, you will encounter the ancient Ponte Dello Stemma or Del Casotto. After the Zambeccari bridge, you'll find the Cresa bridge. The total length of the path is about 2 km, and after the Cresa bridge, it ends at the riverbank. It is possible to continue from here to the 3rd itinerary (Via dei Chiosi – Piagnaro Castle) simply by crossing the fields on the left or wading the river.
The route starts from the Torre river park, near the Ponte della Stemma, and between the rivers Magra and Verde. The walk is about 1 km and it can be travelled by bike or on foot. It features a visit to the historical centre, which ends after the Zambeccari bridge, on the Cresa bridge, which is reachable through the stairs. From here, it is possible to continue on the 1st (Cyclepath along the right bank of the Magra river and Verde river) and 3rd itineraries (Via dei Chiosi -Piagnaro Castle).
Via dei Chiosi is a private road. It is possible to go by bike, on foot or by the Trenino Lillipuzziano (a small train) (for info call: Cooperativa Puntremal, tel. 0187 831400/832071). The path starts near the parking lot located on the Via del Seminario. The itinerary lasts about 2 km, and starts after the Stone Arch, along the wonderful boulevard. Crossing the ancient bridge on the Verde River, you will arrive at Villa Dosi, a beautiful example of 18th-century architecture. Before leaving the villa, take the road on the right to the Piagnaro Castle, which holds the Stelae Statue Museum. Don’t forget to visit the pretty Saint Hilary Church.
Starting from the Fourth Santi Bridge on the Strada Nazionale, cross the railway bridge and take the road on the right to the hill of La Costa and to the Monte Galletto. From here, there is a wonderful view of Pontremoli. Continuing on the S.S. 62 towards Pontremoli, you will arrive at the S.S. Annunziata building, with its old monastery. This building hosts the State Archives. The church, located next to the monastery, preserves a beautiful 16th-century altar piece by Luca Cambiasio and features a 17th-century wooden sacristy.