There are so many things to enjoy in this wonderful, unspoiled and undiscovered part of Tuscany:

Outdoor Activities and Exploration

  • Skippered and self-hired yachting and boat trips around the Gulf of Poets, Portovenere, and Cinque Terre
  • Swimming in the Meditteranean at Lerici and Cinque Terre
  • Fishing
  • Hiking in the mountains and along the Garfagnana trail
  • Road Cycling and Mountain Biking
  • Rock climbing in the Garfagnana
  • Hunting (Wild boar and pheasant in season)
  • Snorkelling and ferry trips to the Island of Elba
  • Skiing in winter  (approximately forty-five minutes drive away)

Music and Culture

  • Painting classes (the area has become a haven for artists)
  • Stone carving (Pietra Santa is a world-renowned destination for sculptors)
  • Language study (Lucca has many language schools)
  • Exploring the hundreds of medieval castles and fortresses of the area
  • Open-air music festivals in Lucca and Sarzana
  • Opera festivals (including the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago and open-air opera in Lucca)
  • Easy day trips to Pisa, Lucca, and Florence.

Local Festivals

Among the many festivals in Tuscany throughout the year, several are within very easy reach of Casa Lucia, including:

  • Carnevale in Viareggio (February/March)
  • The Palio of San Ranieri in Pisa (June)
  • The ‘Disfida’ festival of archery in Fivizzano (July)
  • The festa medievale in Fosdinovo (July)
  • La Giostra dell’Orso (Joust of the Bear) in Pistoia (July)
  • La Festa della Rificolono (Festival of the Lanterns) in Florence (September)
  • Luminara di Santa Croce in Lucca (September)
  • The Nativity festival in Equi Terme (December)

Food, Wine, and Shopping

  • Wine Tours to the local wine regions
  • Porcini Mushroom Picking in season
  • Sample the sumptuous foods of the area in charming restaurants and bars
  • Regular local markets in Aulla, Sarzana, and Lerici.
  • Spectacular street markets in Forte dei Marmi, Florence, Sarzana, and Lerici.
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