hat makes the Versilia region unique is, among many other things, the contraposition between mountains and beaches, which shows the varied and impressive landscape of the Apuan Alps which tower in an imposing way over the Tyrrhenian sea.
It is an area where caves are plentiful, some of which can be visited with the help of expert guides. The Apuan Alps are mainly constituted of compact rocks from which the marble is extracted. Its marbles made the entire area famous, even in Michelangelo’s age. Here he got his supply of marble which he used on great works such as “La Pietà” and the “David”, the latter of which is shown in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence.
The Alps follow the Tuscan and Emilian Apennines, but the two mountains chains are different: The Apennines are similar to a mighty wall, where no peak stands out, while the Apuan Alps are a collection of steep and pointy peaks, each with a characteristic profile and an unique character.
The Apuan Alps and the Tuscan and Emilian Apennines are divided by the wide valley of Garfagnana, an area of extraordinary beauty, filled with history, traditions and a tasty local cuisine.
In summer these Alps offer to lovers of mountaineering pleasant rock climbing opportunities. In winter the vicinity to the sea causes snow which attaches itself to rocks even in unbelievably steep slopes, offering skiing opportunities without equals for difficulty, continuity and beauty.