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The beautiful valley of Garfagnana


Garfgnana is a beautiful area in northwestern Tuscany, in the province of and to the north of the city of Lucca. It confines with the areas known as Lunigiana, Lucchesia and Versilia, to name just some of the better known areas.

The Garfagnana is crossed in its entirety by the Serchio River, which contributes to the lush green valleys you’ll get to experience here. These set the harmonious contrast with the wild mountains that surround the area: to the east/northeast, the Apennines and to the west, the Apuan Alps. These offer visitors plenty of choices among outdoor activities: hiking, walking and mountain biking, in addition to spending time visiting the many enchanting and charming villages and other attractions found in the area. From Castelnuovo Garfagnana to Barga, from the Wind Cave (the Grotta del Vento) to the legendary Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano to the ghost town of Vagli di Sotto, there are many places and picturesque villages waiting to to be discovered during your time in the Garfagnana valley in Tuscany.

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Barga, the Adoptive Town of Giovanni Pascoli

Barga is a hilltop town in the Garfagnana valley in northwestern Tuscany which offers many historical and artistic buildings to visit. Stroll along its quaint streets to discover the wonderful San Cristoforo Cathedral and the Teatro dei Differenti.

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Take a Road Trip in the Garfagnana

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Autumn Colors in Tuscany

Go beyond the art, the culture and the classic landscape of Tuscany and delight in the spectacular colors of fall. The brisk temperatures bring not only a richness in the flavours that invade the menus but also a kaleidoscope of falling leaves in dazzling shades of yellow, red and orange which can be best appreciated up close.

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How to get to Barga

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Traditional Tuscan Recipes using Potatoes

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Hiking to Monteforato in Garfagnana

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Discover the Antro del Corchia in Tuscany's Alps

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The Grotta del Vento or Wind Cave under the Apuan Alps

The Grotta del Vento, or Wind Cave, offers the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of underground caverns and the increadible creations made by water droplets in thousands of years.

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This land, found in the northernmost corner of Tuscany, is only a short distance from Cinque Terre.  Not to be missed for its unique flavors, incredible landscapes, castles, churches & history. The perfect combination of mountains, beaches, wine & Italian culture for some searching for an authentic Tuscan vacation.

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