At only 35 kilometers from Zum Zeri, you can reach Villafranca in Lunigiana, a beautiful hamlet near the Magra river, known for its Castle built by the Malaspina. Immersed in nature, you can see some water mills, some of which can be visited and are still working. Mule tracks and paths have been used over the years by sheep-farmers, woodcutters, coal men, merchants and pilgrims.
The local food tradition is based on chestnut flour. You can taste the pattona, a pie cooked in terracotta baking trays, served with soft cheese made with cow’s milk, or lasagne “bastarde”, whose dough is made with chestnut flour mixed with wheat flour, cut into squares, cooked in water and dressed with oil and cheese or leek sauce.