Aulla is in Tuscany, in the area called Lunigiana,few kilometres away from the border of Liguria, Garfagnana and Cinque Terre.
The village has a stretegic position, at the junction of the little river Aulella and river Magra, where the valley starts narrowing surrounded by the hills. For this reason Aulla is a perfect point to reach the other roads going to Cisa pass and Cerreto pass, along Via Francigena and on the road to Casola and the Garfagnana (discover it here questo link!). The ancient borgo was almost completely destroyed by a second war world bombing but it’s still fascinating.
You have to visit Fortezza della Brunella, a Renaissance military construction, overlooking the valley. The fortress was built by Giovanni delle Bande Nere around the first half of XVI century. Now it’s the home to the Natural History Museum of Lunigiana. Don’t miss also the Palazzo del Centurione, renovated by Malaspina in the XIII century, with the remains of the city’s ancient gate. Ph Di Davide Papalini – mio lavoro, CC BY 2.5
Close to Aulla, you can admire the castles of Bibola, Bigliolo and Olivola with their picturesque borghi. In the surroundings you’ll find also the medieval borghi of Pallerone e Caprigliola. Ph Di Davide Papalini – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0
Typical of the area are the focaccette, the base is white flour or yellow corn flour, with different fillings: salami and cheese, bacon and lard with a drop of honey, but also the famous “chiodo”, the dough of salami and sausage cooked in a “testi” or a flat terracotta or metal plate. AN aullese tradition has a vegetarian version filled with a rapa…We have testaroli, served with a “poor man’s” version of pesto or another sauce, and the panigacci. We don’t have to forget the production of DOP Wine of Luni Hills and the well known wine for dessert (perseghìn).