Where to go from Residenza Viani

IL GOLFO DI LA SPEZIA: meglio noto come Golfo dei Poeti, si trova a breve distanza dalla struttura. Si tratta di un’ampia e profonda insenatura della costa del Mar Ligure, situata all’estremità orientale della regione Liguria. Una costa dai mille colori, suggestiva e unica. Borghi a picco sul mare, verdi colline e acqua cristallina. A brevissima distanza contribuiscono alla chiusura visiva del Golfo le incomparabili isole Palmaria, del Tino e del Tinetto.

SARZANA: this city rises between the sea and the Apuan alps, in the heart of Lunigiana. Thanks to its perfect positioning, Sarzana has always been a crossroads between Liguria, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. It has been a relevant agricultural, commercial and strategic centre since ancient times and became an important   religious and juridical centre during the middle age, when the episcopate and the tribunal were moved to the town. It has two castles: the Firmafede fortress, built by the Pisans and the Sarzanello fortress, the old bishop residence. The 16th century old town is surrounded by city walls and guarded by four towers. In the summer Sarzana hosts several art festivals (in august the Festival of Mind, the Calandriniana art show and in September the Napoleon historical commemoration), music events and antique markets, making the town an important cultural centre. 

CINQUE TERRE: are one of the most uncontaminated areas of the Mediterranean area. Five villages enshrined between two promontories (Montenero and Punta Mesco), characterised by dry wall terraces with flourishing olive trees and vineyards. They are made up of sea villages, small beaches with crystal clear water and breathtaking panoramas. The five villages of Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso . Cinque Terre are a National Park and a Protected Marine Area and are listed on Unesco World Heritage List since 1997.  Cinque Terre do not simply offer crystal clear waters, but also a large number of paths with breathtaking panoramas connecting the five villages, boat trips, sanctuaries, top quality food and wine.

PORTOVENERE: rises on a tiny peninsula on the western side   of the Gulf of Poets, which culminates with three isles: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Portovenere is one of the most evocative villages of the area. Its name (Portus Veneris) derives from the old temple dedicated to the goddess Venus, built on the cliff and now replaced by S. Peter’s church. The S. Lorenzo church and the 17th century castle lay on the higher part of the village and are certainly worth a visit, since they offer unique views over the Cinque Terre coast at sunset. Portovenere and its archipelago (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) are part of   the “Regional Natural Park of Portovenere”. Palmaria is the only inhabited isle of Liguria and is served by a ferry boat service, connecting the isle to La Spezia and Portovenere. In summertime, the isle hosts several cultural events. Tino is a Military Area and can only be accessed on the day of San Venerio, the 13 of September.

CARRARA’S MARBLE QUARRIES: the tour of Marble quarries generally finishes at Colonnata,  historic village built 532 meters high. Quarries of Colonnata are some of the most imponent of Apuane’s basins, they offer an exclusive view over the ‘ravaneti’, a lot of debris of white marble at the base of Serrone Maggiore and Spallone mountains. On the top of these mountains are Gioia’s basin ( spectacular quarries), Fantiscritti’s basin, the central basin of all quarries from where you can have special views of Carrara City and Torano’s basin with his alternative streets for cross-country vehicles around its quarries.

 

Adventure park of Fosdinovo: overlooking Malaspina’s Castle and Portovenere’s Gulf, this park is near the sea and in a place easily achievable by car. Is a valid alternative to the usual day on the beach with friends and family, respecting and enjoying nature in a fabulous wood .

Malaspina’s Castle: it is situated in a strategic position between Apuane and sea. In the castle there are many rooms with beautiful frescoes and ancient furnitures that re-enact life of other times and the stormy stories of Malaspina’s family and its legends of ghosts, tortures and secrets.

Pontremoli and its Pignaro’s Castle: Pontremoli is the door of Tuscany, it’s a characteristic medieval city near Via Francigena, rich of stories and traditions. Going into the village through Cresa bridge there is Pignaro Castle, the big fortress that dominate all the houses. Inside the castle there is a little but extraordinary museum: the museum of Lunigiana’s statues.

Lerici: is a small village born in a natural inlet called Seno di Lerici and dominated by a promontory where the big castle, today it is used as museum, is. In front of the village, apart from the beaches of Venere Azzurra, there is the center of San Terenzo.

Portofino’s Promontory: is, with its sea’s waters, an important naturalistic park, indeed its seabed are the most interesting of Tirreno sea. Portofino is an ancient fishermen’s village, situated in a beautiful position in Tigullio’s Gulf. On the promontory there is San Fruttuoso abbay, in a small bay with the famous statue of Christ of the Deep, loved by all divers and swimmers.

Coast between Moneglia and Levanto: is a succession of little inlets with crystalline and clear waters. Fishermen’s villages like Moneglia, Deiva Marina, Framura, Bonassola and Levanto are embedded between colorful rocks and have hystorical elements of Roman and Medieval times.

Versilia: is ideal for famiglie, big beaches like Marina di Carrara, Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, pinewoods, resorts. Alpi Apuane, white because of marble quarries, are behind this rich and elegant centers of villas and historical buildings. Here in summer, you can find crowded pubs, discoteques, restaurants and beaches.

wWF Oasis and didactic park of Ronchi: is composed by a naturalistic library, one small museum, a multimedia room where you can use audio and video materials, a botanic garden, butterfly’s garden and didactic pond with turtles.