Hidden Tuscany: The Lunigiana

I've lived part time in the Lunigiana historic territory of Tuscany for 20 years in a small village, eating local, watching my neighbors make prize winning salami, DOP honey and harvesting the famous Bigliolo beans, which grow in a place that suits them very well, and it's a short walk up the street.

Over the years I've interviewed some of the young people who have returned to create a new Lunigiana, not by ripping out the old and replacing it with a wonky version of Milan, but by taking over old family farms and producing what is known to do well in these mountain valleys, from potatoes to saffron.

I don't fit in to the modern travel mode here, I'm not a young influencer craving a zip line experience, but an archaeologist with a bad back, worse eyes, and a hankering to find connections between the past and the present. I think I've found what I'm looking for, a different corner of Italy where folks make their own food and wine. Come explore it with me.

Guide by James Martin
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Guide by James Martin
Joined in August 2023

I've been writing for the web since signing with About.com in 1997. I've been living half the year in Italy. For 20 years I've lived in rural Lunigiana, and now I call home in a Condo in Aulla, the historic region's largest city. I've also done archaeological work in Puglia, Sardinia, and in Ancient Corinth in Greece. I never want to stop learning about cultures--or providing the materials to empower you to travel to this fascinating country.

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