For those who love trekking and the outdoors, Lunigiana is the ideal destination! In our hills, mountains and among the timeless small villages, it's possible to walk on paths that are not very frequented but which offer beautiful views and incredible landscapes.
In addition to numerous protected sites, you will find two natural parks of great interest: the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park and the Apuan Alps Regional Park. In these areas, it's possible to choose from a wide range of excursions of varying difficulties: there are trekking routes along the green Apennine ridge, a veritable balcony over the Magra valley, or excursions in the wild Apuan valleys, with incredible alpine scenery.
Since 2015, the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park and the area surrounding it have been declared a MaB Reserve by UNESCO. This recognition aims to protect not only the unique climatic and environmental characteristics of this territory, a natural border between the Mediterranean and central Europe, but also the ability of humankind to adapt and coexist with nature. Tradition is very present in the villages of the Apennines, ancient knowledge is continously passed on and authentic flavors can be tasted. You will be welcomed like family, enjoying unique experiences away from the most popular tourist destinations.
The Regional Park of the Apuan Alps is unique in the world for the geomorphological characteristics of its mountains: not only for the white marble, known to the world as Carrara marble, but also for the numerous karst caves, almost 1000 in total. The industrial history of these mountains, which have been a basin for the extraction of marble for 2000 years, allows those who undertake these paths to travel through history and archeology also.
For more information, we recommend that you contact the Visitor Centers of the two Parks. In addition to qualified personnel and information material for the history of the territory and its unique characteristics, you'll find gadgets and typical products for sale. Above all, you'll find the information and maps needed to organize your excursions. We remind you that you can already start planning your next walk by consulting the online cartography of the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines or that of the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps.
In the meantime, here are the five unmissable excursions in the Lunigiana Parks: