Val di Vara
The Val di Vara, the western part of the historical Lunigiana, is a Ligurian valley, including almost entirely in the province of La Spezia, crossed by the river Vara, from which it takes its name, ending at the confluence with the river Magra, in Fornola location, at the beginning of the municipality of Vezzano.
The Val di Vara, with its 575 km2 of extension and its 30,275 inhabitants is the largest territory in the province of La Spezia and the least populated, then characterized by a low density of human settlement and a wealth of unspoilt scenery.
It winds along the Vara, which are located on the shores of ancient castles and villages, representing time in places of shelter and refuge from the coast and the nearby Val di Magra and, in fact, is the path that connects the province of La Spezia with the Genoese , recalling the ancient Via Aurelia, which runs for most of its valley floor.
The Val di Vara is one of the four partitions in which it is possible to divide the Province of La Spezia, along with the Riviera of La Spezia to the Cinque Terre, the Gulf of Poets and the Val di Magra, and is under the protection of the Basin of the River lean and the Regional Natural Park of Monte Marcello Magra.
Val di Magra
The Val di Magra is the edge of the plain, in the provinces of La Spezia and Massa Carrara, through which the river Magra flows into the Ligurian Sea, not far from the Gulf of Poets, and that defines the heart of the region of Lunigiana .
Featuring a wealth of landscapes, starting with the coast, with its sandy shoreline, and continues into the interior through the hills of Luni, on whose summit towering ancient castles and hilltop villages, to the great buttresses of the Tuscan- Emiliano and the edge of the rocky peaks of the Apuan Alps.
Over the millennia the valley has always been a convenient way of traveling, compulsory route to access from the Tyrrhenian coast to the Po plain, crossed by the ancient Via Aemilia Scauri great Roman road that connected the Lunigiana Lepidi the Via Aemilia and the seventh century by way of the Abbots of Bobbio and the medieval Via Francigena, from large streams of pilgrims and full of hospitable.
The Magra Valley is one of the four partitions in which it is possible to divide the Province of La Spezia, along with the Riviera of La Spezia to the Cinque Terre, the Gulf of Poets and the Val di Vara, in addition to being under the protection of the Basin of Magra River and the Regional Natural Park of Monte Marcello Magra.