About Lunigiana Wending
Lunigiana Wending (formerly Lunigiana Weddings) is a blog and information site run by angellightphoto photographers Nigel and Elena.
Lunigiana Wending is, as the name suggests, a place where Nigel and Elena can share their passion for this wonderful part of Italy as they wend their way through its landscape, its history and its richly diverse nature. Italy's La Lunigiana, in Northern Tuscany is an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by the high peaks of the Apuane and Apennine mountains, and characterised by romantic hilltop villages with wildflower-filled olive groves and a wealth of medieval castles. You can discover more about this stunning part of Italy by visiting our Lunigiana villages page.
With the Cinque Terre National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) on our doorstep, it is only natural that many of our pages and posts promote the beauty and benefits of the fabulous Ligurian coast. In fact, the historical border of Lunigiana once extended right across to the coast from Bocca di Magra to Sestri Levante - something tat is very much reflected in the content of our articles.
Our walking adventures and interest in the natural history of Lunigiana are a regular feature of our blog pages.
Over the years, we have built relationships with the owners of some of Lunigiana's most amazing agriturismi, hotels, restaurants and rental properties. You will find references to these on each of our Lunigiana village pages plus a full listing on our best venues in Lunigiana page.
The information area of our website is where you will find a constantly growing wealth of information about Lunigiana and each of its 14 comuni - every Lunigiana village page includes a link to its Town Hall web page along with a complete list of comuni and their links on our Lunigiana Comuni page.
Fivizzano is Lunigiana Wending's home ground and is locally known as the Florence of Lunigiana. The comune stretches from the Apennines to the Apuan Alps and is known for its mild climate. It has always been a centre of great importance, as can be witnessed by its grand castles, fine churches and noble palaces. Fivizzano was owned by the Medici family from the 15th century until the mid-eighteenth century, when it became a possession of the Grand Dukes of Lorena. Cosimo de' Medici had the town walls built in 1540 and Cosimo III was responsible for the 1683 construction of the baroque fountain in the main square. Each year, Fivizzano and the surrounding villages host a mouth-watering array of food and drink festivals. Not to be missed, are the annual medieval fairs with their spectacle of archery contests, sword fights and countless other sideshows. More recent, is the annual festival of the streghe or witches - a kind of halloween in summer.
We are constantly adding and updating our pages, projects and articles so please come back frequently and, if you have any comments or ideas for expanding the information that we provide, or if you just want to say 'Hi!' then please drop us a line using the contact form below...