I was asked by some guests to suggest a few things to do during a week’s stay in our house in Casola in Lunigiana and I thought I would share them with you. I think the guests may have to stay a little longer!
As for walks, it depends how adventurous you want to be. There is a local walk which will take about an hour and a half. From La Chicca go back down to the road and, after passing under the railway viaduct, turn left and walk back towards the Re di Macchia restaurant. Just before you get there, turn right up the hill and follow the red and white way markers. This should lead you up the hill and then across it towards Pieve san Lorenzo. You can drop down either into Pieve san Lorenzo village or you may find yourself descending towards the railway station(where there is also a bar).
If you are feeling a bit more energetic, there is a walk from the house to Ugliancaldo and, if you are feeling very, very energetic, onward to Equi Terme. You will see this walk written about in the house book. The walk starts from the path which runs along the left hand side of the church, and again follow the red and white makers towards Ugliancaldo. If you branch right off this path it will take you to Casola but this tends not to be well looked after. There are fantastic views from the ridge at Ugliancaldo. From there, you can either return to Argigliano, or go on down the other side to Equi Terme. All this is likely to take around 4 hours. If you time it right, you may be able to take the train back to our station, Minucciano-Pieve-Casola. The return train journey takes about 5 minutes! There is a train timetable at our local station. You can buy tickets at the bar at the station.
There should be a book in the house which has ideas for other walks a bit further afield.
The seaside is going to be busy at this time of the year. If you want to visit the Cinque Terre, I would go by train. You can either take the train from Minucciano and change at Aulla, or, for a bit more flexibility, drive down to Aulla and take the train from there. Our favourite is Monterosso. While there are some public beaches, we usually invest in a sunbed and parasol which costs about 20 euro for the day(might be a bit less for a half day). This will also give you the benefits of a changing room and toilets, and normally a bar where you can get something to eat and drink. Alternatively, you might head for Lerici which has a decent public beach. There is a good sized car park there which is convenient for both Lerici and San Terenzo.
Closer to home, Fivizzano has a market in the square on Tuesday mornings. It also has a very nice gelateria where you can enjoy a coffee or even an ice cream. You might combine this with a trip to Cerreto Laghi which is about a half hour drive from Fivizzano. In the winter it is a ski resort, but in summer the cross country pistes become very pleasant walks through the woods and around the lakes which give the area its name.
For a bit of history, try Pontremoli. It is about an hour’s drive but has an interesting town square, cathedral and castle which houses a museum.
Sorry to go on at such length but we have spent the last 15 years exploring the place and it is difficult to know where to stop. Don’t forget to spend some time in the front yard. There are 2 steamers chairs under the stairs in the lounge as well as a parasol. You may also be able to squeeze a couple of canvas chairs on to the little terrace outside the kitchen to watch the sun go down with a little aperitif.
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