Launched in 2017 by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani, Lunigiana Literary Retreats is inspired by these author-translators’ personal experiences of traversal—from New York City to Italy, and from one language to another.
Lunigiana is the “unknown Tuscany”—a beautiful valley at the region’s northern tip, near the Mediterranean Sea. For centuries, all manner of travelers and seekers have crisscrossed this hilly, verdant, river-laced realm. In keeping with Lunigiana’s role as a nexus of people and ideas, Lunigiana Literary Retreats offers writing workshops, reading-and-touring experiences, and diverse literary and artistic encounters and collaborations.
A medieval hilltop village, Castiglione del Terziere, and an adjacent inn, L’Annunziata—a restored sixteenth-century convent—are our physical anchors. Castiglione del Terziere’s castle is a repository of rare books and manuscripts, and the inn is an elegantly rustic haven for work and rest.
We are near the cities of Parma, Lucca, and Pisa as well as the marble quarries of Carrara, the Gulf of the Poets and Cinque Terre, and the beaches of Versilia.