Summer Solstice in the Apuan Alps

On June 21, the longest day of the year, rays of the sun enter a perforated arch connecting two mountain peaks in the mountains above the Versilia coast.   Monte Forato is 4,000 ft. above sea level and the area is home to ancient traditions that are still alive in tiny Tuscan hilltop towns, which organizes visits and excursions the week of the solstice.

The yearly phenomenon, which takes place between the sea and the sky, is a sight to behold.  To see a video and to read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.