In the municipality of Licciana Nardi, in the upper Taverone Valley, on the slopes of the high ridges of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park, stands Apella, a typical rural mountain hamlet, birthplace of the patriots Biagio and Anacarsi Nardi, fighters of the Risorgimento. At a short distance from the village, near the hamlet of Taponecco, stands one of the oldest and most significant towers of the Lunigiana: the Apella tower, built to guard the valley.
The CAI (Italian Alpine Club) rail that leads to the Prada del Re begins in the center of the village, heads up the mountains winding through ancient chestnut groves that have recently been recovered, and arrives at a true panoramic terrace. From this observation point, the entire valley, the Apuan Alps and the splendid peaks of the Apennines above you can be admired. From here, excursions of great interest and beauty lead to the Prada del Ferro, once a summer lodge for the shepherds of Apella. After you have reached the renovated Giovarello hut, you can continue towards the Bragalata and Bocco mountains, until you find yourself on the scenic ridge between Tuscany and Emilia.