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The Surroundings

The Surroundings of Ca’ Bianca

Ca’ Bianca is located near Sarzana, a perfectly preserved medieval town, lively and dynamic capital of the Lunigiana region. It is just a few kilometers away from the marble quarries of Carrara and Colonnata, known for its lard.

It borders Versilia, known for its beaches, shopping, and nightlife. It’s close to the art cities of Pietrasanta, Lucca, and Pisa. Ca’ Bianca overlooks the beautiful landscape of the mouth of the Magra River, at the edge of the Gulf of La Spezia, Portovenere, and Palmaria Island, very close to Lerici, Fiascherino, and the Gulf of Poets. From Ca’ Bianca, you can easily reach the Cinque Terre, the Magra Natural Park, and Monte Marcello.

This is just an idea of what you can reach with a short walk (even on foot or by bike if you like) or in less than half an hour by car. Not to mention destinations reachable in less than an hour, such as Livorno and the Gulf of Tigullio, or Cerreto Lakes, a ski resort nestled in the woods, Passo del Lagastrello, and the Hundred Lakes Park.


It is the most important center of the Italian marble industry, home to the famous Carrara Marble, a highly prized white marble extracted from the nearby Apuan Alps. Alongside Massa, it constituted the Duchy of Massa and Carrara between the 15th and 19th centuries. Among the city’s monuments are the 12th-century cathedral and the 16th-century Ducal Palace, now home to the Academy of Fine Arts.


It is the second most populous municipality in the province of La Spezia. The town is located just a few kilometers from the Ligurian Sea coast and the border with the Tuscany region. Its geographical location has made Sarzana a real borderland, a commercial crossroads where customs, traditions, and stories meet. Throughout the year, there are many cultural events; the most renowned in summer are: the “Festival della Mente” (Mind Festival) and “La Soffitta nella Strada” (The Attic in the Street).


It’s a historical medieval denomination that encompassed the entire Val di Magra, Val di Vara, Gulf of La Spezia, Cinque Terre, and Riviera Apuana. It takes its name from the ancient Roman colony of Luni, as evidenced by the stele statues. The main characteristic of the area is the large number of castles and picturesque villages. During the summer season, there are many medieval reenactments that take us back to the life of the past.

Lerici e Tellaro

Lerici, defined as the Pearl of the Gulf by nineteenth-century poets, closes the Gulf of Poets in the easternmost part, near the estuary of the Magra River.

Used as a naval base in Roman times, it was an important port where travelers and pilgrims landed, passing through Sarzana to reach the Via Francigena. Lerici is composed of the old village that branches out into narrow streets around the Castle, now home to the Paleontological Museum, and the seaside promenade that leads to the beach of Venere Azzurra and the village of San Terenzo.


Portovenere is located in the westernmost part of the Gulf of La Spezia. The town is spread out on a rugged promontory with high cliffs and is complemented by three small islands: Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto. It takes its name from a temple erected in honor of Venus Erycina, in Roman times, built on the promontory that closes the town, where now you can admire the Church of San Pietro in Genoese Gothic style (13th century).

Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso are five villages in eastern Liguria enclosed by two promontories with a unique landscape where man and nature form a complete harmony. In 1997, at the request of the province of La Spezia, the Cinque Terre, along with Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto, were included among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In 1998, the Ministry of the Environment established the Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area for environmental protection, the conservation and enhancement of biological resources, and the dissemination and promotion of socio-economic development compatible with the area’s natural and landscape significance. In 1999, the Cinque Terre National Park was established for the conservation of ecological balances, landscape protection, and the safeguarding of the area’s anthropological values.


It’s an area in north-western Tuscany, within the province of Lucca. A famous meeting place for VIPs since the 1960s, it’s rich in narrow beaches nestled between the sea and shaded, cool pine forests. There are also period buildings in pure Liberty style just a stone’s throw from the most famous beach resorts, restaurants, typical local venues, and exclusive shops. A truly special place indeed.

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