The thirteen communes in Lunigiana each make a fine day's outing - small gems of squares, old cobbled streets, historic buildings, and a wide variety of things to do. For example …
Go north up the Magra valley and you come to Mulazzo, which has a wonderful castle, main square and alleys, and a wine festival. Go even further up the valley and you come to Zeri, famous for its lamb, where you can wander round a 17th century stonebuilt 'sheep village', to which whole families decamped in summer.
Go east, and the Taverone valley takes you to Licciana Nardi and Tavernelle - lovely, bypassed one-street villages - and up to the hills above Comano, where you can visit Lake Paduli and the national park with dozens of small lakes.
Take the back road over the hills and you come to Fivizzano, a walled town at the head of a golden valley, with botanical gardens at Frignoli. Further on is Equi Terme, an old spa town with caves - and a restaurant that serves great antipasti.
Go south and you come to Fosdinovo, with its medieval castle and modern audio-visual museum of the Resistance, and Sarzana, an elegant town just inland from the coast.