The northern corner of Tuscany, where time seems to have stopped; stunning Tuscan holiday homes, breathtaking views, old castles, nice medieval villages: this is the Garfagnana. Spending your holiday in one of the accommodations in Garfagnana is the best choice for all nature lovers and those wanting to explore its mountain as well as the uncontaminated area on the trekking routes; the nature reserve of the Orrido di Botri, just to mention one, is a spectacular limestone gorge which receives yearly many visits from around the world.
Garfagnana is a region located between the high and the middle valley of the Serchio river, surrounded by the Apuan Alps west and by the Apennines east, which embrace a country of stunning beauty. Forests, forts and medieval villages are the tangible witness of a thousand year old culture, still mirrored today in everyday life and attitudes. From the bottom of the valley you can enter secret and untamed glens or discover open valleys with widely sunny terraces, before arriving at the rocky, indented peaks of the Apuan Alps or at the grassy summits of the Apennines. Rich in history and still uncontaminated environment, the landscape is dotted by small towns and villages where ancient traditions still live. Don't forget to visit Castelnuovo Garfagnana whose castle dates back to the 12th century and preserves renaissance features or Pieve Fosciana with its romanesque church. The medieval Vagli di Sotto is worthwhile being mentioned, because of the nearby lake and its imposing dam. The lake is periodically emptied revealing interesting industrial archeological remains of Fabbriche di Careggine. Our last suggestion is for the medieval and renaissance Barga and Bagni di Lucca, notable for its thermal baths.
Everywhere hospitality is a pleasure, the table is always set and enriched with many local products such as pecorino, chestnut flour or farro, a very old cereal Garfagnana is particularly proud of for the preparation of savoury tarts, soup or special pasta, bread and biscuits. We immediately understand what is authentic in the intimate subjective and unique relationship with this place. Our senses shape up our perceptions and ultimately our understanding. Its sumptuous or simple cuisine, the scenery, the dramatic mountains, where Michelangelo quarried his marble from, cannot be described. They need to be experienced.