Gallicano and Barga: two little towns worth visiting

Hi! Today we took some more time to visit Gallicano, which this morning was almost a Ghost city. The party after the Palio di San Jacopo went on till late in the night and most of the citizens of Gallicano were sleeping : )

We were pretty sleepy ourselves, but walked around Gallicano to take some pictures, especially of the great duomo that towers over the town. I think Gallicano is a great place to stay if you want to visit Garfagnana: it’s a nice small town in a perfect position to visit most of the point of interest in Garfagnana. Eliseo is definititely a great place to stay and to eat, but for the weekend all the rooms were taken, so we moved to Il Ciocco (, a beautiful (and huge) resort near Barga. From here we have a great view of the Garfagnana region !

We visited Barga this evening and it is truly one of the most beautiful “borghi” (village, town) in Italy. It was a pleasure to walk up and down its narrow medieval streets and find the many views and hidden corners that deserved a stop and a picture,  sip a coffee while listening to a small concerto,  visiting the duomo.

Now, off to bed, tomorrow we are planning to leave early and  do some trekking, we plan to go up to the Monte Forato!

About Stefano Romeo

Stefano is a native from Florence but with a quarter of Sienese blood in his DNA and many years living in Pisa is a true Tuscan. He is still learning that his homeland has many corners and hidden gems he has to discover, ones he particularly enjoys seeing from the saddle of his bike.

  • Tim

    How about writing a more detailed review of Eliseo and other places you have eaten?

  • All of Tuscany is fine throughout the year — the weather has turned a bit colder, but it alternates with sun and cold, or a bit of rain and less cold. The only part that you have to plan more carefully is Cinque Terre since it is along the coast and many B&Bs and restaurants close down for the season. Of course, if you find places with availability you can still go but just plan for it to be quiet and a bit gray.

  • Gee

    hello, we plan to be in Italy in December (first week).
    5th – 8th dec in Florence
    8th – 11th dec in Siena

    Could you help me decide how to plan my stay?

    I have read the above and what I think is…

    5/6 – Florence
    7- Pisa & Lucca
    8 – head to Siena (see the city)
    9 – North of Siena (Would like to go to San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, some more places – please suggest)
    10 – Pienza, Val d’orcia
    11 – leave for Rome (so just half day in Siena ☹️)

    Unfortunately, we cannot hire a car and have to use train / bus. Is it easy to use public transport? In Florence and Siena, we are staying close to the main train station so hopefully it should be convenient.

    Thank you in advance 🙂

  • Your plan looks good!
    For days 9/10, you can do them both without a car but you do need to do some advance planning.
    For the 9th – you can take a bus to SG and on the way back stop in Colle Val d’Elsa and Monteriggioni, just make sure you take the right buses that make those stops. You can read this page which has links for the bus schedule to SG
    For the 10th – the best choice is to do a group tour that takes you into Val d’Orcia and stops in Pienza and maybe Montalcino or Montepulciano. I wouldn’t do it with a bus, the schedules are not good at all. Take a look at this group tour:
    or, if you prefer, a private tour:

  • ilaria

    Itinerario interessante. E’ fattibile farlo anche in moto? vorremo fare un mini tour in moto partendo da Verona. qualche consiglio?

  • SI, fattibile anche in moto – suggerisco di prendere le strade regionali per godersi di piu’ i panorami. Forse sara’ piu’ lento, forse non si vede proprio tutto ma si gode di piu’ il viaggio 🙂

  • this one I’ve mapped out for you:
    enjoy the drive!

  • Ansie

    Dear Lourdes!!

    Thanx this was the one I worked out but wanted to make sure there isn’t another one.
    Thanks so much!!

    Warm regards from a cold SA

    Ansie Redman

  • Eti

    hi Lourdes,
    have lots of questions for you, hate to bore everyone w my quesitons, would you allow me to email u privetly ?

  • Sorry Eti, at this time I prefer to answer all questions publicly so others can benefit from the questions – otherwise I would never have time to ever reach these forums and answer other people’s questions.

  • You won’t need a car to make day trip to Pisa or Lucca or to get to Venice. It will be useful to get to Montalcino, so maybe plan your days so that you don’t have a car until the end and plan the stay in Montalcino then.

  • Oliver

    Hi Lourdes, In September ill visit Tuscany, in a six day trip, my plan is: 1st and 2nd day – Cortona, 3rd and 4rd day Pienza 5th and 6th day in San Gimigiano, these are my base places, from them i plan to visit other smaller towns and villages, i ll be using a car, my question is: Shoud I use one town as a base place or three towns like my original plan is, also i would very much want to visit, the valley Val d’orcia, Montepulciano, Chianti, Monticchiello, Monteriggioni, im interested into the real taste of Italy and Tuscany, the medieval time, Rome,i want to reserch the culture, the people, the wine, the cheese… i dont want big commercial towns like Florence for example.What is a better choice for me, one base station town or few? Thank you in advance.

  • I think the 3 bases seem good, considering what you want to see although if you want to reduce the number of times you change hotel/place you could take out Cortona and add on those to Pienza.
    Pienza is in the Val d’Orcia valley and you can visit Montepulciano and Monticchiello from there too. Once you’re in San Gimignano, you can see Chianti (the area to the east of SG) and Monteriggioni, both are not far.
    At that point, you can also separate the days in between 2 bases so that you have more time to see each area…. make sure to add Siena, Volterra and Arezzo to your day trips!

  • If you consider you should do 3 days in Venice, 3 in Rome and 3 in Amalfi, then I would suggest the rest of the time in Tuscany (12 days).
    You can then do 3 days in Florence and have a little over a week to visit the rest (consider you also have to add in travel time so in the end it is less). I would suggest one central base after you leave Florence, renting the car when you leave Florence as you don’t need it while here. That way you have time to settle in and really relax — I’d choose a villa or farm estate that has a pool and set up in apartments so you can do your own cooking when you want, or do a mix of eat out and eat in. Take a look at to find a place to stay!