The Lunigiana is an ancient, mystical settlement area, named after the Roman city Luni which was located in Northern Italy, between Liguria and Tuscany. The Lunigiana, a region of Tuscany dear to Dante Alighieri, which was home to the aristocratic Malaspina family who dominated the whole area. There are about 100 magnificent castles like those in Pontremoli and in Fosdinovo, along with the perfume of chestnuts and ‘testaroli’ pasta at every turn. The stunning Natural Park of the Apuan Alps, is where the Italian Resistance movement was started with the first partisan formations, and can be explored in any season via the many wonderful routes.
The tour starts and ends at 9.30 am from Aulla train station. Once you've reached the riding place in the “agriturismo” in Lunigiana and after a short briefing with your horse riding guide, you’ll make your way into the “Via Francigena”, the ancient route that in medieval times connected Canterbury to Rome, passing through the chestnut forest and oaks and reaching the aristocratic castle of the Malaspina family, experiencing both the serenity and the culture it offers. The horses are well-trained, fit and a pleasure to ride. After the riding experience you will relax in the typical restaurant of the farmhouse enjoying the specialities of the region. During the summer time don’t forget your swim suit for a bath in the swimming pool of the agriturismo.Return to Aulla's train station.