Sarzana (La Spezia), is rich in history and hosts two fortresses (Fortezza Firmafede e Castruccio Castracani), sixteenth-centuries historical buildings and, having been an Episcopal Seat, a huge religious heritage. Its fortune was assured by its strategic positioning, at the crossroads of important roads between Liguria, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. Lively and spotted with shops, bars and restaurants, today Sarzana is well known for its many events such as the National Exhibition of Antiques, the “attic in the street” and the Festival of the Mind, a national event where intellectuals and cultural figures hold crowded and lively conventions.
The surroundings of Sarzana offer a huge variety of landscapes and cultural heritage, you may go from the sea to the mountains in minutes. Jagged rocky or sandy shorelines, old villages overhanging the sea, medieval villages, castle towering above the hills, uncountable archaeological sites and churches.
These places offer an enchanting nature.
For excursion and outdoor fans, there are several MTB or motorcycle tracks and uncountable paths criss-crossing our hills by the sea and our mountains.
Trekking fans can walk, bike or ride on horseback on many routes, such as the Alta via dei Monti Liguri.
Sea lovers, can both enjoy our beaches and rent canoes, rubber boats, watercrafts, sailboats and yachts.
Available activities are canoeing, surfing, il windsurfing, kitesurfing and water skiing. Many facilities offer aquagym, aquafitness and hydrobike.
Apuan Alps dominate the landscape with their high and majestic peaks and Marble Quarries: the Fantiscritti and Colonnata basins are worth a visit and host the famous Michelangelo Quarry, where the great sculpture chose the marble for its masterpieces.
Given the vast offering of destinations, sea places, mountains, villages, cities, archaeological sites or sites with a high landscape/cultural importance, the list below can offer just a few examples.
For further information, the staff of Il Monticello is at your service.
All the destinations listed can be easily visited in one day (from Sarzana).
5 to 15 km
Sea and villages: Marinella, Fiumaretta, Bocca di Magra, Lerici, San Terenzo, Tellaro.
Villages and castles: Sarzana (the two fortresses are an admirable example of military architecture from the Italian Renaissance), Montemarcello, Fosdinovo, Nicola di Ortonovo, Castelnuovo Magra, Caprigliola.
Archaeological sites: The site and the museum of LUNI ANTICA, the largest Roman archaeological area in Northern Italy, the Megaliths archaeological site of San Lorenzo (Lerici), known for the phenomenon of the Golden Butterfly, the Roman villas of Bocca di Magra and Varignano, the Ligurian Necropolis of Ameglia.
15 to 50 km
Sea and villages: Portovenere, the Palmaria Isle and Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso (train or ferryboat are suggested), Sestri Levante, Portofino, Marina di Carrara, Marina di Massa, Versilia.
Villages and castles: Lunigiana: Pontremoli, Filattiera, Fivizzano, Sorano, Villafranca in Lunigiana. Round Villages of the Vara Valley: Riccò del Golfo, Brugnato, Beverino, Varese Ligure.
Castles and Fortresses: Aulla, Bagnone, Casola, Comano, Licciana Nardi, Podenzana, Tresana, Cavanella Vara, Madrignano, Calice al Cornoviglio, Bastia, Pontremoli, Equi, Malgrate, Podenzana, Castiglione del Terziere, Lerici, Fosdinovo, Massa, La Spezia, Portovenere, Varese Ligure.
Cities: Carrara, Pietrasanta (art centre with many galleries and workshops), Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio and Portofino, Sestri Levante, Chiavari.
50 to 130 km