The old city of Luni, which has existed since Etruscan times, sits on the confines of Tuscany and Liguria, was a powerful maritime city and the port from which ships departed, laden with marble from the Apuan Alps and timber from the Apennines. In the 5th century, it was a prosperous Bishop’s see until the Barbarian invasions led to the decline and finally, destruction of the city by the Normans in 860. Now in ruins, Luni was set out as a military city, with a large amphitheatre. The archeological museum is well worth a visit. It can be reached by car or by train, from the stations of Sarzana or Carrara.