Walks in Lunigiana with angellightphoto
What’s in a name?
to direct (one’s course or way); travel
wend one’s way home
(From the Oxford English Dictionary)
a mountainous region dissected by the Magra river, covers an area which runs from the Apennines to the Mediterranean Sea, now belongs in part to Tuscany and in part to Liguria. It takes its name from Luni, a Roman town, perhaps pre-dated by an Etruscan settlement, which became the principal urban center on the northern Tuscan coast. Some contend that the name Luni refers to the moon, a celestial body whose beauty is made all the more attractive when framed by the white-peaked Apuan Alps and high Apennine mountains. Others maintain, though little or no evidence exists, that the region was populated by those who worshiped the moon. As if to unite history and myth, the symbol of contemporary Lunigiana is a crescent moon held in the claw of a bear.
For the purposes of the walks on this website, we include the comune of Minucciano because the top of the Carpinelli Pass forms a natural border between the territories of Lunigiana and Garfagnana.
Tracks for all the walks were captured using the Walkmeter app from Abvio because it is “obsessively complete” and has the best Apple Watch app on the market. I had invested in a drop-proof and waterproof Olympus Tough TG-4 camera for capturing Geotagged images because of its built-in WiFi and GPS capability however, despite its lightweight design and being small enough to throw in a day-pack, it just doesn’t begin to compare to my brick of a Nikon D800. Consequently, I am waiting excitedly for my UNLEASHED to arrive.
What’s it all about?
Lunigiana Wending is a website run by the angellightphoto team of writer, Nigel, & artist, Elena, in celebration of the beauty and nature of this magical part of northern Tuscany. We hope you enjoy all of our featured walks, articles and images.
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 that is very much reflected in the content of our articles.
Fivizzano is our 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.
What else can you tell us?
When living so close to the stunning Ligurian coast it is only natural to want to take advantage of the network of excellently waymarked footpaths that link the beautiful villages between Bocca di Magra and Sestri Levante. Consequently, our walks extend beyond the modern concept of Lunigiana’s borders to include all of the historic territories of the Luni Bishops.
Change of focus
Lunigiana Wending is now very much a walking site and walking companion. Out are the pages dedicated to just the wildflowers and butterflies of the olive groves and in is the inclusion of notes on all and any interesting flora, fauna, geography, geology and history that we encounter along the way. That way, by referencing the date each walk was undertaken, you will have a better idea of what wildlife you are likely to see yourselves.
Places to stay …
If you are the owner of a Lunigiana B&B, agriturismo, cottage or hotel that you would like us to feature, please send us some details using our contact form and we will be happy to include some text and a link to your property website on the appropriate page.
Don’t be shy
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 on this page.