Lunigiana, lying at the feet of the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano, offers the chance to experience unspoiled nature. The wilderness surrounding the castle is perfect for hikes and for excursions on horses or mountain bikes. There are many fascinating itineraries to follow if you wish to learn the history of the castles and of the medieval villages in Lunigiana. We recommend visiting Pontremoli, with its Piagnaro Castle and the Stele Statue’s Museum, Filattiera, with the Ponticello tower-houses and the Sorano parish church, Villafranca, with the Magrate Castle, and the charming Filetto village.
Not far away from Lunigiana, right in the heart of Alpi Apuane, there are the Quarries. The finest marble in the world, raw material of countless masterpieces, is extracted right from the side of these majestic mountains. A visit to the Marble Quarries offers the view of breathtaking scenaries, as well as iteresting excursions lead by expert tour guides.
Only 50 km away from Resort Pontebosio you can find Versilia. Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta are well-known vacation spots, with their historically famous clubs and beautiful promenades in which shopping and love for art meet. Here, the shining shop’s windows are punctuated with giant sculptures by the famous artist Botero.
Easily reacheable by means of the highway, just about an hour away, there is Pisa. Here stands the Leaning Tower, probably the most recognizable italian monument in the world. The Tower, together with the Catheral and the Battistero, is part of Piazza dei Miracoli’s monumental complex. In Pisa you can also find the Intercontinental Airport “Galileo Galilei”, the main airport in Tuscany. It is a layover for international flights to and from New York, as well as the major european capitals.
Driving 157 km from Pontebosio, we come to Florence, Tuscany’s regional capital, an enchanting city that never ceases to amaze thanks to its masterpieces and to its distinctive architeture, endlessly evoking its past glory as the cradle of Renassence’s culture and art. Here we find Piazza del Duomo and its marvellous monumental complex, which includes the Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica, the Battistero di San Giovanni and Giotto’s Belltower. Piazza della Signoria is also an irrenounceable stop. Here you can admire Palazzo Vecchio, one of the most historically important buildings in the city, and, in front of it, the copy of the famous Michelangelo’s David. Lastly the majestic Galleria degli Uffizi is definetly a must-see, one of the world’s largest and most important museums.
At about an hour’s drive from the Resort, the city of Lucca is proposed as one of the pearls of Tuscany. Enclosed within a beautiful sixteenth-century walled town, the historic center of Lucca, an ancient town of merchants and weavers, will welcome you in its alleys, its beautiful squares and the many medieval churches of remarkable architectural importance. A city full of history, art to live 365 days a year thanks to its great cultural events, first of all the Lucca Summer Festival.
Less than 100 km away from Pontebosio there is Portofino, a small town that is truly one of the best jewels that the italian peninsula has to offer. A true corner of paradise, famous for it suggestive scenaries and because of the rare beauty of its harbour, often appreciated by famous personalities.
Less than an hour away from Pontebosio’s Castle you can discover the Cinque Terre’s enchanting itineraries: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. They have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage site’s list since 1997. Here, besides the beautiful organized beaches, it is possibile to admire the distinctive conformation of the villages, carved directly into rock, reaching right into the sea. Along the coast there are a great number of pathways. They connect the villages to each other and offer the chance to enjoy the Cinque Terre’s beautiful scenary from above, in the beautifully terraced hillside vineyards.
GULF OF POETS
Just over 40 km away, the Gulf of Poets is a large and deep inlet of the Ligurian coast, located at the eastern end of the Liguria region, within the province of La Spezia. In the Gulf there are the suggestive villages of Porto Venere and Lerici, overlooking the sea, surrounded by jagged shores, islets, blue sea and crystal clear water.