Things to see and do
A territory with a rich history and many things to see and do.
Around Casa Colleverde, and within easy reach, there are many historical places and splendid tourist destinations to visit, such as the beautiful Cinque Terre area, Portovenere, Lerici and Fiascherino, near La Spezia. If you want to spend a day at the seaside, in twenty minutes you can reach the beaches along the coast of the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian sea. In a short time, you can discover Tuscany and the areas of Lunigiana and Garfagnana, as well as visit Viareggio, Pisa, Florence, and many small picturesque towns such as Volterra and San Gimignano. If you love sports and walking, nearby there are tennis courts, golf courses, riding stables, mountain bike trails, trekking and much more. At Casa Colleverde you will find information on tourist destinations, sports activities, museums and historical sites.
The magical marble quarries of Carrara
The Apuan Alps are famous for having some of the richest marble basins in the world, of which the most famous are those from Carrara, where stone chosen by the greatest artists of all time is quarried. Here it is possible to visit the impressive basins of Colonnata, Torano and Fantiscritti with its Quarry-Museum. The magical view of marble goes even further, into the heart of the mountains, into the tunnel quarry where you are surrounded by high, white walls of the smooth precious stone – a truly unique, emotional experience.
The stretch of coastline in Liguria called the Cinque Terre is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful tourist attractions. A place of rare beauty made up of five, centuries-old towns overlooking a sheer drop to the sea: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. These five little towns clinging to the sheer cliffs, are perched between land and sea and surrounded by lush green hills. In 1977, the Cinque Terre, together with Porto Venere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, were included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Casa Colleverde provides spectacular views of the sea shore that stretches from the beaches of Marinella di Sarzana, Fiumaretta and Bocca di Magra up to the coast between Lerici and Tellaro, featuring steep cliffs and three large coves. Along this stretch of coastline lies Fiascherino with two, delightful, enchanting little beaches. Heading in the direction of the Gulf of Poets, the beautiful beaches of Punta Bianca and Punta Corvo can be reached by boat or via scenic hiking trails.
The heart of Tuscany
Tuscany is one of the regions tourists from all over the world love and admire the most. The infinite beauty of the area is seen in the variety of its scenery, where land and sea merge to create a perpetual balance stirring genuine, unforgettable emotions. The boundless countryside, the typical rows of cypress trees, the vineyards, the yellow stretches of wheat and sunflowers, the bright red of the poppies and the original beauty of its farmhouses, create a beautiful landscape like a painting taking shape before our eyes.
Pisa is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany, renowned for its Leaning Tower, one of the most famous Italian monuments known all over the world. The splendid, cylindrically-shaped, white marble tower stands 56 metres high, and owes its fame to its tilted structure, caused by foundation issues before its completion in 1372. The tower has an inner spiral staircase with 294 steps leading to the top, and from there the view is simply enchanting. The city of Pisa is rich in history and culture and home to one of the most high-ranking universities in the world.
Florence, cradle of art and culture, is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany and a tourist destination for millions of visitors from all over the world. The city is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance architecture, particularly the Duomo; Giotto’s bell tower and the cathedral with its tiled dome designed by Brunelleschi. In the famous Uffizi Gallery visitors are able to admire some of the most famous works of art in the world, including Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’ and Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’.
The amazing city of Siena is still resplendent today in its perfect Medieval appearance. It has remained almost intact over the centuries, looking just as it did in 1300. In the city centre lies the main square, Piazza del Campo, where on July 2nd and August 16th each year, the famous Palio takes place, a fascinating historical event that attracts spectators and visitors from all over the world. Taking up a dominant position in the square is the Torre del Mangia, a superb Fourteenth-Century tower, and the view from its battlements is simply enchanting.