Santo Stefano di Magra
Santa Stefano di Magra is located on the left side of the Magra River, bordering on the provinces of Liguria – Tuscany.
Motorway Exit: Motorway A12; Exit La Spezia/Santo Stefano ( 3 km from Santo Stefano).
Train Station: Santo Stefano di Magra (info: www.trenitalia.com )
What to see and do
Santo Stefano was built on a branch of the Via Francigena (info: www.viafrancigena.eu ). The Via
Francigena was an ancient road which led to the coast, where pilgrims could reach Santiago de
Compostella from the ports of Lerici and Levanto. This road was also a crossroad for merchants,
leading to the Pianura Padana or Lucca through the Passo della Cisa (Cisa Pass). Hospices, mills
( for olives and grapes) and artisan workshops were located there,because of the intense
religious and commercial traffic.
The village is divided into two parts by the ancient Cisa Road. It is surrounded
by imposing Renaissance walls. There are two gates in the walls which face the Via
The main church of Santo Stefano, which overlooks the town, is in Baroque style.
There are many footpaths near Santo Stefano. Ponzano Superiore is easily reached on foot, as
well as, the Magra River in the Montemarcello-Magra Park (nfo: www.parcomagra.it ).