What to do
A visit to the old town centre of Pontremoli
First important stage of the via Francigena after the Cisa Pass, Pontremoli is a splendid town to visit and explore.
Pontremoli is also known as the “City of Books”, due to its great tradition of booksellers and the famous annual literary award Premio Bancarella, held in July.
In mid-August the evocative Medievalis, an historical re-enactment with shows and attractions for adults and children.
To history passionates we suggest the Piagnaro Castle with the Museum of the Statue Stele with statues dating back to the third millennium BC, the beautiful Church with the monastery of Santissima Annunziata, or a guided visit to Villa Dosi Delfini.
Picture: the historical centre of Pontremoli
Walks in the woods, treks on the Apennines and trips to the sea
In early autumn people like to venture in the woods looking for tasty “porcino” mushrooms (boletus) and chestnuts, only with regular permissions.
Many beautiful places such as Parma, Sarzana, Lucca, Pietrasanta, La Spezia, Viareggio the Apuan Alps Regional Park are well connected and reachable by car or by train.
Famous and enchanting seaside resorts such as Portovenere and Palmaria Island, the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque terre, Lerici will conquer your heart.
For the most adventurous
For those who want to combine relax and cultural or recreational activities, the choice is wide:
trekking at all levels, climbing, mountain bike or e-bike cycling and horse riding.
The bravest ones can enjoy activities such as rafting, canoeing and river trekking (very impressive the Stretti di Giaredo, in the river Gordana valley).
Picture: Stretti di Giaredo [photo by Giulia Cereda]
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