INTRODUCTION

Lunigiana is the westernmost of the Tuscan valleys which borders with Emilia Romagna and Liguria, where the more attentive visitors and walkers can still find evidence of history.

The landscape displays uniformity of the surface of the chestnut trees that line the sides of the mountains, bordered by the massive chain of the Apennines and in the background the mountain peaks of the Apuan Alps.

The main villages extend along the bottom of the valley, but villages and castles among the hills are testament to the antiquity of the settlements in a land favoured by a climate tempered by the proximity of the sea.

The Malaspina, feudal imperial family, marked the Lunigiana with their presence, immortalized in Dante's Divine Comedy, and left many castles, sometimes built as simple watchtowers, and designed with complex structures that have lasted for centuries up to the present day.

The Renaissance has also left its mark on this land; churches have been enhanced with sculptures and blades carved into marble from the Apuan Alps and used in the work of artists from many different areas, from Florence to Genoa, or sculptors trained in the workshops of Carrara.

From the churches the images were then distributed throughout the land where hundreds of small marble reliefs "le maestà", walled in booths or on the facades of houses, bear testament to centuries of devotion.

The stone is the element most present in Lunigiana. In the elaborate l’architraves, in the carved lettering or in the carved sandstone, the culture of a land has been preserved that made use of this material for many different purposes.

This Multimedia project promotes three functional paths in the municipality of Comano that can be made on foot, on horseback and by car. The routes are organized like a ring, so you can go in a loop to return to the starting point. Three main circuits have been identified.

Two are in the lower valley of the Taverone, Crespiano and Comano, but the other one from Comano Castle loops back to the Lagastrello pass and connects this large part of the Apennines, and is particularly beautiful with panoramic views.

The three routes are called:the Giogo Ring, the Castellaro Ring and the Fiera Ring.

 
   
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