Fattoria Cristina is in Marciano, a small village close to the medieval town of Castelnuovo Magra in province of La Spezia.
From our farmhouse you can quickly go to a large number of destinations.
This is a list of some interesting sites you can visit in our area.
Situated on the other side of our valley, Castelnuovo Magra is a medieval town placed at the top of the Bastione mountain.
The most important monument is the castle where the great poet Dante Alighieri was a guarantee for the peace between Franceschino Malaspina, the king of the castle, and Antonio da Camilla, bishop of Luni.
We suggest also to visit the church, dedicated to Madeleine Marie e the Oratorio de' Bianchi too.
Castelnuovo Magra is now famous in Italy for Vermentino dei Colli di Luni, a DOCG white wine. Some of the most important producers of this wine have their vineyards close to our farm.
Five miles of rocky coast in the oriental Liguria, two promontory at the end of the coast, a great passion for wine, five little villages placed on the rock, close to sea: these are the coordinates of Cinque Terre.
Cinque Terre, Natural National Park since 1995 and part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1997, are formed by steep valleies, with narrow vineyards, plunging directly into the sea.
The valleies are full of artificial plains with thousands of rocky walls built with extremly hard work.The landscape is unique all over the world. An intensive complex of paths and walking roads complete this picture with a white wine called sciacchetra'that is one of the most particular wine in the entire Italy
Golfo dei Poeti
Golfo dei Poeti (Poet's Gulf) is the area between Lerici and Portovenere, and it's always been a turistic destination.
On the oriental part of Poet's Gulf is placed Lerici, a town on the sea built with a wonderful complex of little roads typical of Liguria, the caruggi. On the seaside of Lerici you can find the fisherman's boats and, in the evening, a lot of restaurants and cafe'. If you visit Lerici you have to go to San Terenzo, Tellaro and Fiascherino too. These are three little villages near Lerici just on the sea. In San Terenzo you can visit Villa Magni where Percy Bysshe Shelley lived in the nineteenth century.
At the center of the Poet's Gulf there is the town of La Spezia, an industrial and portual pole, famous for its museal complex and its navy's history : actually in La Spezia you can visit Arsenale Militare (Military Arsenal). Going to west you'll reach Le Grazie, a little town on the sea with a beatiful seaside with pines, and, keep going to west, you'll reach Portovenere. The name of Portovenere means Port of Venus and like that goddess Portovenere seems to born from the sea. The large stair that lead you to the entry of the church of S. Pietro, placed on a rock by the sea, is somehing amazing. If you go to Portovenere we suggest to visit the castle and the Lord Byron Cave too.
If you have some time to spend you can also go to Palmaria (the island in front of Portovenere) in order to swim peacefully or take a boat tour to Cinque Terre or to Palmaria and Tino.
Sarzana is the most important town of the Lunigiana, an area formed by the valley of river La Magra and the surrounding plains.
The town, born in the first part of medieval age, is now famous for his historical center, and for a lot of national and international events, like Festival della Mente and Napoleon Festival.
If you want to see a town between modern and old style, if you like shopping (every thursday in the center of the town there's a market), Sarzana is what you're looking for.
Sarzana has an area on the sea, calledMarinella; here are placed the most part of the sandbeaches near our farm.
Alpi Apuane is a mountain complex over the municipality of Carrara, Massa, Forte dei Marmi.
Their name remind the Alps because geographically they are similar to the real Alps.
This area is now a regional park named Parco delle Alpi Apuane, where animals and trees are protected and watchable.
An attraction of the park is Antro del Corchia, a large cave under the mountains.
In the park you could go to see the marble caves, over Carrara, where Michelangelo Buonarroti in sixteenth century took the marble for his statues.
In a range of one hundred kilometeres
Versilia, Pisa, Lucca, Parma, Genova and Firenze.