Pontremoli is a medieval town – the northest of Tuscany – 54 km (34 miles) to Carrara and 170km (106 miles) to Florence. Dipped in the uncontaminated nature of the surrounding Appennino chain and crossed by two rivers, it is very well conserved: here time seems to wait.
One of the most typical dishes of this area are “testaroli”, very thin crepes made of water and spelt flour. As in ancient times, the crepes are cooked in earthenware pans called “testi” and then boiled in salty water and dressed with pesto.
To be in tune with the ancient art of this small town, you can't miss a visit to the castle of Piagnaro. To reach the castle, simply follow the lovely alleyway from the Dome. The castle overlooks the town and gives you a breathtaking panoramic view. Inside, you can visit the small museum that hides the primitive statue-stones found in Lunigiana, the area where Pontremoli is situated. The statues are very particular and mostly represent male and female gods. They were crafted by the ancient people of Lunigiana, the Liguri, in 3000 BC.
Those with big appetites can't miss the visit to the Pasticceria Riccò, a cake shop where you can taste and buy the custard “Amor”, small pastries whose recipe remains a secret of Piedmontese tradition.
Pontremoli (MS), Tuscany
Tel. +39 (0)187 458218
Nature lovers who travel to Pontremoli will have the chance to enjoy the view of the old town centre from the bank of the Verde River. It is a lovely spot you can reach by foot, bike or on horseback. Just as thrilling is the “walk of the 3 bridges”, a symbol of the town. All you have to do is reach the left bank of the Verde River and you'll have the chance to admire the Stemma, Zambeccari and Cresa bridges.