The Area

Tavernelle lies in the Tavarone valley in Lunigiana, the heart of historic northern Tuscany, set against a backdrop of the Appenine mountains.


The village has a bar, an excellent family run restaurant/pizzeria, a butchers shop and grocery. A travelling bread shop arrives with a fanfare each morning, and fruit/vegetable, grocery and fish shops also arrive on set days during the week.

The river allows swimming in cold rock pools, sunbathing and scrambling upstream through pools, eddies and falls. The mountains and forests offer a large choice of trekking paths, well-marked and suitable for all skill or energy levels!


Lunigiana lies in northern Tuscany, between Liguria on the coast and the hinterland of EmiliaRomagna. The region was formerly the fiefdom of the Malaspina family, and is characterised by their castles or fortessas, most notably at Fosdinovo, Aulla, Pontremoli, Carrara and many more.

Each village, and there are many, holds a summer festa, ranging from medieval playacting in Gragnola to feasting in Tavernelle. All worth a look!

North Tuscany

Within an easy drive or train journey you will find the cities of Lucca, Pisa, Florence, the beautiful towns of Fosdinovo and Sarzana, and the local administrative centres of Massa and Carrara.  The coastal wonders of the Cinque Terre villages, Lerici, and the ferry to Portovenere and Portofino are all only an hour away, down the mountain.


The medieval village of Tavernelle lies at the heart of the Taverone valley, an unspoilt paradise for trekking, painting and photography.

The coastal city of La Spezia is the gateway to the renowned Cinque Terre by rail and by romantic ‘traghetto’, offering the opportunity to visit each of these beautiful towns on one ferry ticket, stopping for lunch in one town, and for a refreshing swim in another. Sail back to La Spezia, or to Lerici as the sun slips into the sea behind Portovenere.