Florence is 1.5hrs drive
Lucca 1hr drive a delightful city; hire a bike and pedal around the city walls.
Parma for the opera 1hr away.
Pisa for it's culture is also 1hr away. You can take the train to all these places from Villafranca
The sea is readily accessible from Marinella, southwards there are shallow, sandy beaches; whilst at Lerici and the Gulf of Poets (where Shelley drowned, Byron swam and D. H. Lawrence meditated) it is rocky. Further on from Lerici you find the Cinque Terre - five famous fishing villages, which are extremely picturesque. It is possible to take a boat from Lerici to the Cinque Terre.
Lunigiana is in the northern corner of Tuscany, is an unspoiled area of breathtaking natural beauty set between the Apennine mountains and the Mediterranean sea. The surrounding villages are steeped in history and there are countless natural curiosities such as the caves near Equi Terme, site of the natural sulphur baths.
Unknown to the crowds, yet close to the cities and the Cinque Terre, Lunigiana links the Gulf of Poets and the coastal province of Liguria to the west with the Apennines (made famous by Eric Newby's book Love and War in the Apennines) in the north-east. To the south-east the region is dominated by the mountains of the Parco Alpi Apuane (from where Michelangelo choose the marble for his statues).
In winter, the nearest ski resort is Zeri & Ceretto approx 1-1.5hr drive away.