Geography and climate of Lunigaina

Lunigiana is a mountainous and hilly region dominated by the northern range of the Apennine mountains and the marble-topped Apuane Alps. Parts of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park and the Apuane Alps Park fall within Lunigiana. The terrain makes the area ideal for outdoor sports such as hiking, cycling, and horse riding.

It is a mainly wooded area with some agriculture and very little industry. Pollution is almost nonexistent. Its landscape offers acacia and chestnut woods, high pastures, vineyards and olive groves

The River Magra, with its many tributaries, rises in the north of the region flowing through the huge mountainous amphitheater to the Ligurian coast, exiting not far from the Gulf of Poets. The river valley has for centuries formed the main route between the coast and the north of Italy, via the Cisa Pass, making it strategically very important.

map of lunigiana

Lunigiana’s climate is essentially Mediterranean in that it receives most of its rain in winter. However, it experiences huge swings in temperature between the summer and the winter and has several microclimates. In the valleys, it is cold in winter and very hot in summer.  Fog, or as Dante called it, “the vapours of the Val di Magra”, is common in the valleys on winter mornings and after heavy rain in the autumn. Moving up the mountains from the foothills, the climate becomes much fresher, with cooling breezes in the summer.  In the winter, snow falls at an altitude of 600 metres.  Lunigiana has its own ski resort at Zum Zeri, and there are two more nearby on the border of Emiglia Romagna.

Geography and climate of Lunigaina appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 8 April 2013. All rights reserved.