Lunigiana, known as the land of a hundred castles, is a hidden gem in Tuscany, Italy. On this route, you can discover the region on woodland paths, dirt tracks, back roads, village lanes and ridges that boast spellbinding views.
The Lunigiana Trail MTB is a demanding route of about 230 kilometres (140 mi) with more than 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) of elevation gain. Taking you through valleys, streams and medieval villages, you’ll find yourself immersed in this remote corner of Tuscany.
Given the huge amount of elevation gain, I’ve divided the route into five stages, starting from Pontremoli and stopping in Bagnone, Fivizzano, Aulla, Zeri and returning to the Tuscan village of Pontremoli.
The Lunigiana Trail MTB route is mainly on dirt roads with a smooth surface, although there are parts on rougher terrain. There are a few steep sections, too. The route is suitable for intermediate mountain bikers, although you'll need to pay particular attention to the more challenging parts.
You'll find numerous accommodation options en route as well as rest areas with water points for wild camping. The proposed stages have been designed in places where there is at least one accommodation facility.
Several drinking fountains are located along the route (certainly one in each village you'll pass through). If you find yourself in difficulty, ask a local who will be happy to point you to one or help you. In the larger towns and villages, you'll be able to find food and refreshment. Cuisine is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture, too.
The official version of the Lunigiana Trail starts from Pontremoli (accessible by public transport) and runs clockwise. Nothing stops you from riding it in the opposite direction, although it is more challenging. The stages range from 38 to 65 kilometres (24 - 40 mi) and have between 800 to 1,800 metres (2,600 - 6,000 ft) of elevation gain per day.
The railway stations of Pontremoli, Aulla, Equi Terme and Monzone are connected daily by trains with a bike transport service. Not only does this get you to the start but allows you to break the route into as many stages as you like. There are also several bicycle workshops.
So, let yourself be captivated by the splendid views from the Prati di Logarghena, the panoramic road between the Passo Alpicella and the Passo dei Casoni. And don’t forget the fantastic villages of Bagnone, Fivizzano, Fosdinovo and Pontremoli, the mills of Vico or the Passo del Rastrello, between ridge roads and dense chestnut forests.
Enjoy the Lunigiana Trail MTB.
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Last updated: July 19, 2023
The first stage of the Lunigiana Trail MTB starts from Pontremoli, the crossing point of the Via Francigena. The picturesque Tuscan village takes its name from "ponte tremulus", a bridge with a rather shaky construction over the Magra river that already existed at the time of the reign of Henry VI.
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