Catering Services by Danilo and Elysa

September 13th , 2011 → 7:50 pm @ Susan

Danilo and Elysa are local chefs who have been catering for Casa Lucia guests for the past four years. They offer a range of local specialities, many of which they cook in the traditional wood-fired pizza oven.
PIZZA EVENINGS
For a fabulous evening at home, local chefs Danilo and Elysa will come to Casa [...]

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Category : Food / Local Amenities / Local Interest

Local Museums

April 20th , 2011 → 12:46 am @ Susan

MUSEUMS IN THE AREA
There are several local Museums that are worth a visit.   Please note that most of the information in these museums is in Italian, although some have a little English.  For more information, click on either the name of the museum or the accompanying website link where available and use the translation function if necessary.  [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Historical / Local Interest

The ferry from Lerici to Cinque Terre and Portovenere

August 20th , 2010 → 12:12 am @ Susan

Just 40 minutes away, Lerici on the coast is a lovely little town with a bustling beach culture, a lively outdoor market and some fabulous little restaurants and bars.  It is also a starting point for the ferries to Cinque Terre and Portovenere.  The ferry trip across the Bay of Poets is really beautiful and you [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Local Interest / Outdoors / Travel

Castello dell’Aquila (Eagle’s Castle), Gragnola

April 16th , 2010 → 12:02 am @ Susan

The Castello dell’Aquila, a mighty fortified stronghold adapted to residence by the Marquises Malspina , dominates Gragnola, the medieval village situated at the confluence of the streams Aulella and Lucido, and the closest village to Casa Lucia.  The castle’s origin is uncertain, but it was probably erected to control the Medieval road network that had [...]

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Category : Local Interest

Nearby Outdoor Markets

April 13th , 2010 → 1:52 am @ Susan

We are lucky enough to have many outdoor markets nearby.  Whether you want to buy some fresh porcini mushrooms, some local cheeses and hams, or a leather purse and a pair of jeans, the markets of the region are the places to go for some lively shopping.  Times indicated in brackets are approximate driving times [...]

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Category : Local Amenities / Local Interest / Shopping

Cinque Terre and the Coast from Viareggio to Portofino

January 19th , 2010 → 8:32 pm @ admin

Cinque Terre
Le Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and comprises the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso located in the region of Liguria in the province of La Spezia. There is a train service that runs from one end of the Cinque [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Local Interest / Outdoors

Nearby Towns and Villages

January 17th , 2010 → 11:05 pm @ admin

Cinque Terre
Le Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and comprises the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso located in the region of Liguria in the province of La Spezia. There is a train service that runs from one end of the [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Local Interest

The Garfagnana

January 14th , 2010 → 4:50 am @ admin

The Garfagnana is one of the most famous ‘undiscovered’ parts of Italy. It’s a large area of valley and mountain north of Lucca and Pisa, in the northern part of Tuscany.  Although mostly rural and little affected, so far, by tourism, the Garfagnana has been creeping onto the itinerary of more adventurous tourists for some [...]

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Towns of the Lunigiana

January 14th , 2010 → 4:20 am @ admin

Over 100 castles dot the Lunigiana landscape, made up of three valleys cut by rivers. Pristine medieval villages are tucked into hillsides, providing the perfect stop off points amidst the abundant hiking trails in the woods and along the ridge tops.
Pontremoli – once one of the richest and most powerful of Lunigiana cities, Pontremoli stands [...]

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Festivals of Tuscany

January 9th , 2010 → 2:48 pm @ Susan

FEBRUARY
Viareggio – The Viareggio Carnevale (Carnival) was first held in 1873 and is now one of the most famous pre-Lent carnivals in the world. It is held in February and early March and features huge paper-maché floats and models that parade along the viali a mare, the sea promenades of Viareggio. “First category” floats are [...]

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Category : Local Interest