Once again with thanks to visittuscany.com.
From Carrara to Casola, from the beach to the Apuan Alps
From Carrara we go up towards Fosdinovo and once past the turning for Campocecina, take the road for Monzone and Equi Terme. In Monzone go towards Gragnola and then towards Codiponte, where the Romanesque church deserves a stop.
Upon entering the church, it is impossible not to be taken in by the atmosphere that permeates the building: the interior, simple and severe, with three naves with columns topped with the original capitals, preserves the remains of an ancient baptistery, a baptismal font, and a triptych from the 15th century.
From Codiponte we reach Casola which welcomes us in the main piazza dominated by the cylindrical tower belonging to the defensive system. A walk through the old town enables you to admire some beautiful 16th century buildings and the original gates from the city walls. In the town of Casola the popular tradition of the “Canto del Maggio”, a form of traveling theatre, is still performed each summer.
The landscape that we admire almost makes us forget that not long before we were near the sea, the town of Equi Terme, in the Apuan foothills is a well-frequented spa area with a rich stream of radioactive sulphur waters and is also known for its prehistoric history in a grotto just outside the city centre, which testifies to life during the Neanderthal period. There is also a wonderful and imposing underground river system, a new museum dedicated to the grotto and a reconstruction of the prehistoric environment.