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Carrara is renowned as the world capital for marble with its pure white and blue-grey marble quarried there being highly sought after for its exceptional quality and beauty. Visitors can take a 4x4 trip into the quarries to witness this centuries old activity and see one of Italy’s most famous natural resources up close

Distance from Podere Conti: 40 minutes’ drive


Distance from Podere Conti: 30 minutes’ drive

This renowned Italian tourist town is situated in the foothills above La Spezia. Its historical centre features stunning lanes lined with antique dealers and quirky shops, and hosts antique markets during the summer months. Visitors can also explore the town’s impressive fortress, the Fortezza di Sarzanello, and its beautiful cathedral which boasts a mixture of gothic and romanesque styles.

We highly recommend visiting at least one of the nearby towns or cities during your stay at Podere Conti!


if you can tear yourself away, From the charming hilltop town of Barga to the gastronomic city of Parma, and everything in between, the region is brimming with rich history and vibrant culture.


Distance from Podere Conti: 45 minutes’ drive

Pietrasanta is a small historic town in the province of Lucca that is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant art scene. Often referred to as “The City of Artists” or “Little Athens” the town is renowned for its marble workshops and monuments. Pietrasanta is an important centre for marble production, with Michelangelo even having sourced marble here. Visitors can visit the town’s many workshops and galleries and witness the craft and artistry of marble-working first-hand.


Located in the Emilia-Romagna province, the city of Parma is home to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and has been appointed by UNESCO as a City of Gastronomy, With its world-renowned Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, prosciutto di Parma and traditional balsamic vinegar, Parma is definitely one for the foodies, if only for lunch! In addition to its culinary delights, Parma boasts an impressive collection of churches and palaces, as well as the striking Teatro Farnese and Lombardi Museum. The city’s  university maintained Botanical Gardens are also a favourite among visitors, offering a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city.

Distance from Podere Conti: 60 minutes’ drive


Distance from Podere Conti: 60 minutes’ drive

This Ligurian port city is known for its rich history and stunning architecture. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genova boasts an impressive collection of mediaeval, Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic buildings, including grand palaces and churches. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a delight to explore. One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Genoa Aquarium which is the largest in Europe and home to a diverse range of marine life.


Distance from Podere Conti: 120 minutes’ drive

Barga is a charming hilltop town in the province of Lucca, renowned for its stunning location and for being affectionately known as "The most Scottish town in Italy” after the many inhabitants of Scottish descent who live there. The town hosts several annual festivals, including the "Opera Barga Festival" and the long running jazz festival, "Bargajazz" which attract international names and music-lovers from all over the world. Visitors can explore the town’s winding streets and alleyways lined with mediaeval buildings, and Barga’s stunning Duomo, with its unique pink and white striped facade is a must-visit for anyone interested in history or architecture.


Distance from Podere Conti: 90 minutes’ drive

A beautiful little Tuscan town protected by thick 16th-century walls, Lucca features some of Italy's finest mediaeval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining options, antique markets (third weekend of every month), and hosts several classical and rock music festivals throughout the year. Additionally, visitors can take a short drive to the surrounding hills, visiting stunning villas and enjoying breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside.

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