On the border between Liguria and Tuscany, in the municipality of Ortonovo (SP), Luni can be found on the banks of the Magra River. An ancient Italian city, it was founded in the early second century BC and was known for its harbour in Roman times, from which ships loaded with marble of the Apuan Alps departed.
Archaeological excavations have given light to the town's main urban phases, which clearly appears as a Castrensian system with a large east-west decumannus (one of the two 'main streets' found in all towns planned by ancient Romans) formed by Via Aurelia and large north-south cardus which connected the forum to the port area. The amphitheatre dates back to the age of Antonini. The crypt of S. Marco (VIII-IX century), the bell tower
and the apse of St. Mark's Romanesque Cathedral all still remain from the medieval times. We recommend visiting the archaeological museum, built in 1964, located in the centre of the ancient city of Luni which is located in an archaeological zone, and contains artifacts that were unearthed during the excavations of the ancient Roman city.