The nature of the countryside around Casola is Alpine.
Here is a view of Pisanino, the greatest of the mountains in the range, the Apuan Alps.
The village in the foreground is Argigliano, the next village to Casola, about 2 km away.
Pisanino is snow-capped in winter and is not to be trifled with. Many climbers have lost their lives on its slopes and partisans successfully hid out there during the war.
Relics of Mussolini's "guard posts" can still be found, scattered around the mountains and hill-slopes, reminders of grim times in the history of this part of the world.
There are also many monuments, recording atrocities committed by both sides.