Getting around by Train

April 20th , 2011 → 10:11 am @ Susan

Train travel in Italy
Sometimes it’s nice to leave the car at home and ‘let the train take the strain!’  Train travel in Italy is easy and affordable and, Aulla-Lunigiana station -  just twenty minutes away from Casa Lucia – is the major station for the Lunigiana region with high-speed train services to cities all over Italy and regional trains to hundreds [...]

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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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Must see in Florence

March 9th , 2010 → 8:44 pm @ Susan

Florence (Firenze) lies in the centre of Tuscany, about 60 to 70 minutes drive from Aulla.  Florence is the capital of Tuscany and was briefly the capital of the kingdom of Italy, between 1865-1871. It was ruled for long periods by the Medici family – between 1434-1494, 1512-1527 and 1530-1737 – and was a major [...]

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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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Shopping in Florence

January 18th , 2010 → 2:26 am @ admin

If you are a diehard shopper, then shopping in Florence is one thing that you will not want to miss. Florence is a shopper’s paradise.  Whether it is antiques, jewellery, leather or fashion, Florence has it all.
Florence is justly famous for its lovely hand-crafted leather accessories and fine clothes. Some of Italy’s most famous designers, such [...]

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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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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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Forte dei Marmi

January 12th , 2010 → 7:06 am @ admin

Just 40 minutes south of Casa Lucia is the elegant beachside resort of Forte dei Marmi, located along the northern Tuscany coast between the Marinas of Ronci and Pietrasanta, in an area known as Versilia.   The beautiful sandy beaches in this area are characterized by clean water, interesting villages, and a background of the spectacular [...]

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Carrara – The Marble capital of the world

January 10th , 2009 → 7:24 pm @ admin

Carrara, situated in the magnificent Apuan Alps, is famous all over the world for its valued white marble.  The town of Carrara has medieval origins and has some interesting marble buildings and sculptures.   Piazza Alberica is the heart of the town and the statue of MariaBeatrice d’Este, a beloved 18th century queen, is at its [...]

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