The Lunigiana is the far northern tip of Tuscany, a rural and mountainous area, its landscape dominated by the upper (northern) section of Italy's backbone, the Appenines.
The Lunigiana isn't a hotbed of tourists nor is it a hotbed of tourist infrastructure. Yet there are over 160 castles to discover tucked into the landscape. Artisan food is readily available. You must taste Zeri Lamb in springtime.
In 5 or so steps you can plan a reasonable visit to the Lunigiana from resources compiled by expats who have a passion for introducing newcomers to the rural charm of the Lunigiana.
Lunigiana Travel Resources
- Find Lunigiana Events: Ciao Lunigiana Blog, Ciao Lunigiana Facebook, TDL (Lunigiana events in Italian)
- Find Lunigiana and vicinity walking trails: A Path to Lunch
- Find our favorite restaurants in the Lunigiana: Lunigiana Restaurants Map
- See a basic Lunigiana Map with major tourist destinations
- Read about our Lunigiana experiences on the Wandering Italy blog.
Lunigiana Places to Stay
Dimora alla Cascata is an old tannery converted first into a mill, then restored in recent times as vacation lodging with three self catering apartments, the smallest of which is a studio apartment with a full kitchen. It's in the town of Verrucola, a very evocative castle town, certainly one of the prettiest in Italy. See our review and pictures: Lunigiana Love Nest.
Spino Fiorito - Our Favorite Worker's Lunch is served here, 11 Euros!
Agriturismo Il Bardellino - Very good wine is made here.
Our current favorite restaurant is Ristorante Venelia.
Lunigiana Current Weather
Aulla Average Rainfall
Aulla, in the center of the Lunigiana and an important market town, exhibits a typical Mediterranean climate, with wet, cool winters and dry summers. The best times to go are May through August, although we have enjoyed October and the first half of November as well. The second half of November seems to bring on the worst of the cold and rain. It can snow in December and January.
Aulla Temperature Averages
The temperatures in Aulla rise somewhat slowly in the spring and fall off quickly after September, as you can see from the historic average temperature chart below.
Convert Temperatures - Enter a temperature in any box and then click outside the box.
Headlines from the Lunigiana