If you love culinary culture and its attendant traditions, we recommend a trip through the land around Massa, a city-symbol of history and handcrafted, artisanal excellence. From its blue waves to its mountainous peaks, blanched with white marble, you will discover the true quintessence of this magical part of the world.
From an enogastronomic point of view, the Apuan Alps are famous of the production of lard. Even if this itinerary does not involve the town of Colonnata, where the Colonnata lard IGP is produced, you can find this prized foodstuff, which is seasoned in the marble caves, anywhere from Carrara onwards. Upon reaching Campo Cecina - a locality some 19 kilometres from Carrara that offers a breathtaking view over the marble basins and the sea - you should not pass up the opportunity to try the local delicacy, farcita foccaccia with lard, which is ideally accompanied with a Vermentino from the Candia hills.
This part of Tuscany does not lack for special events, such as the International Sculpture Symposium, which runs from July to September in Carrara; the spectacles at the Cava dei Poeti (July to August, also Carrara); the medieval festival of Fosdinovo (the first weekend of July), and, also at Fosdinovo, but in September, the festival of "sgonfiotto", a stuffed, fried sweet, typical of the area.