The Garfagnana

9 February 2016
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The tour...

  • Half-day tour: we leave from Lucca and stop after some kilometres to see the single-arch Devil’s Bridge near Borgo a Moriano. We then continue to Barga, a medieval village with a charming Romanesque church, very simple outside, and streets lined by extraordinary palazzos with a Florentine influence; we then go to Castelnuovo Garfagnana where we’ll walk along the streets surrounded by strong city walls; on the way back to Lucca, we’ll stop at one small country church at least, the one in Brancoli for example, my favourite for its architecture and its simplicity, dating back to the year 1000.
  • Full-day tour: first we’ll go to the northern part towards San Romano to lose ourselves in the ruins of the Verrucole Fortress where we’ll enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the mountains and valleys. I’ll then take you to one of my favourite spots, above Lake Vagli where a little village has been totally submerged since the dam was built. It can be seen every ten years when the artificial lake is drained for maintenance works to the dam. One place where time has stopped is the Campocatino circus, a circular table at the foot of the Apuan mountains, an almost esoteric place which still has little houses built of rough stone. An ideal place for a picnic. After that, we’ll go down to the middle valley and visit Castelnuovo, Barga, Brancoli and the Devil’s Bridge.

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The Garfagnana itinerary can be changed according to your wishes because there are so many places to see: San Pellegrino in Alpi is a splendid sanctuary with a museum about life as it used to be and as it is nowadays; Ghivizzano is another of the many charming villages, Castiglione Garfagnana is another village entirely surrounded by walls, Coreglia Antelminelli and its museum of plaster-of-paris statues, the museum of the “Figurina”, the beautiful Wind Grotto with its stalactites and stalagmites and, on the way back down to Lucca, there’s Bagni di Lucca with its romantic 19th-century atmosphere.

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You must have a car to visit the Garfagnana; if you don’t have a car or you prefer to be comfortably driven by a private chauffeur, ask me for a free quotation.

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