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    A profusion of wildflowers

    In Lunigiana, the farming is non-intensive and organic. The meadows on the terraces beneath the olive trees are cut between two and four times a year, depending on the weather. This allows a profusion of wildflowers to flourish and supports a rich variety of wildlife, including valuable populations of honey bees that provide an additional source of income for some of the contadini - in fact, Lunigiana is one of only two areas in Italy that has DOC status for its honey.

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    The wildlife is rich and varied

    Our garden sees a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate wildlife that we could only dream of in the UK and, from our terrace on summers' evenings, we are able to watch wild boar, deer and porcupines while being serenaded by nightingales. The annual firefly show is a spectacular that needs to be seen to be appreciated as it is nearly impossible to catch on film.

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    Giro d’Italia passing through

    Along with the annual festivals of food and history, we get to see plenty of sport and cultural events as they pass through or tour the area.

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    Terenzano

    Our village is small and very rural. The principal occupation of our neighbours is small scale farming with olive oil, wine, figs, cheese and hay being the main crops. Several of the properties have become second homes for descendants of the original villagers. Consequently, the number of permanent residents is very small, making it wonderfully quiet out of season. Winters here are short-lived but can be very harsh for a few weeks in January/February.

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    Fivizzano – our local town

    We live in the comune of Fivizzano where, as you may have suspected, our local town shares the same name. Fivizzano has historic connections with the Medici family, which the main piazza and fountain are named after. There are several restaurants and cafes around the piazza, plus a popular market on Tuesdays.

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    A bridge with a view

    Lunigiana is home to many beautiful estates and villas that occasionally open their doors or gardens to the public. The town of Pontremoli has several and has much to offer even if the villas are closed. The castle houses the area's collection of ancient stele.

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    A typical local

    Lunigiana is full of medieval villages and castles. Every year, villages hold medieval markets, contests or re-enactments. On top of that, there are the sapori (the tastes and flavours of local produce) and festivals that feature each villages food speciality.

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    The long and winding road

    Elena on the road just outside Terenzano.

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    Our village

    Terenzano as seen from the top of Monte Chiaro.

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    Moneglia

    For swimming, coastal walking, seafront cafes or al fresco dining, we visit any one of the many beautiful Ligurian fishing villages between Bocca di Magra and Sestri Levante.

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    Making hay

    Our neighbours busy cutting and baling the hay.

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    In the olive grove

    One of our typical local olive groves just after the first spring cut of the wild flower meadows that grow on the terraces beneath the trees.

Journeys in Lunigiana with angellightphoto


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...





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