A hidden corner of Tuscany


Garfagnana, between the Apuan Alps to the west and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to the east, is a beautiful green valley in northern Tuscany, carved by the river Serchio and dotted with many small villages of medieval origin.

‘‘The Garfagnana is a contracted universe, there is no road, path or track that fails to offer an enthralling sight or view of something altogether unexpexted. That sudden vision might be a crag, a hermitage, a copse, a stream, a castle, but it might just as easily be a person.
At any event, what lures me to the Garfagnana is not so much its geography as the people that inhabit it, and how they do so. The Garfagnana is achingly beautiful, it is wild but also embracing: but what is particularly moving is how it has been sculpted, worked upon and its hardness softened by the people who live there.”

Maurizio Maggiani

"Places of the spirit. Sentimental journey in Garfagnana", 2006

A place where you meet History

Some sites of interest

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Castelnuovo di Garfagnana: 44.110000, 10.411700
Castiglione di Garfagnana: 44.149900, 10.410800
Barga: 44.073900, 10.484200
Parco nazionale dell\'Appennino tosco-emiliano: 44.204786, 10.359292
Parco regionale delle Alpi Apuane: 44.061316, 10.245094
Fortezza delle Verrucole: 44.178900, 10.332400
Rocca di Camporgiano: 44.158600, 10.336418
Fortezza di Mont\'Alfonso: 44.108270, 10.401510
Cascio: 44.081100, 10.427100
Corfino: 44.182600, 10.379500
Lago di Vagli: 44.109200, 10.288700
Lago di Gramolazzo: 44.163920, 10.251060
Lago di Pontecosi: 44.129184, 10.388689
Grotta del Vento: 44.028618, 10.354185
Ponte medievale di S. Michele: 44.182796, 10.289533
Ponte medievale di Castiglione: 44.151605, 10.418515
Ponte di Piazza al Serchio: 44.181211, 10.297880
Parco avventura del Buffardello: 44.174048, 10.340452
Parco del Battiferro: 44.025517, 10.352898
Pania di Corfino: 44.202466, 10.379655
Pania della Croce: 44.034388, 10.324037
Monte Tambura: 44.107248, 10.233164
Monte Prado: 44.245998, 10.408258
Pizzo d\'Uccello: 44.139256, 10.182824
S.Pellegrino in Alpe: 44.189900, 10.480600
Monte Giovo: 44.130724, 10.578461
Monte Tondo: 44.254606, 10.254965
Isola Santa: 44.065294, 10.313544
Careggine: 44.120497, 10.325067
Monte Forato: 44.014238, 10.335045
Rocca di Trasillico: 44.042702, 10.404525
Agriturismo Braccicorti: 44.142724, 10.378314
Ponte ferroviario della Villetta: 44.149511, 10.361309
Ghivizzano Castello: 44.032000, 10.514900
Monte Vecchio: 44.235299, 10.413966

Between the Apennines…

‘‘Being born in the Apennines means having seen the seasons, the chestnut groves and the small farms, where large families struggled with a meagre existence, seeing spring turn into summer and decline into autumn, with light green that becomes deep green and then yellow and brown and red and then the black of the dry branches and the great whiteness of winter snow’’.

Francesco Guccini

Preface of "The Great Apennines. Journey to Lucca mountains", photo book of Bruno Giovannetti, 2000

… and the Apuan Alps

‘‘What are those mountains so strange?’ – I asked. And someone answered me: – It’s the Apuan Alps…That’s where the marble comes from…-.
What an impressive spectacle! More than seventy years later it’s still very much alive in my eyes. I thought I saw the Karakorum or the Himalayas…

Fosco Maraini

Preface of "The Apuan Alps", photo book of Bruno Giovannetti, 1998

In Garfagnana you always get excited

Natural parks

Surrounded by mountains, Garfagnana is still unknown to mass tourism and its geomorphological, flora and fauna peculiarities make it unique and distinct from the rest of Tuscany. Its territory, mainly mountainous, covered by lush chestnut and beech woods, is largely part of the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps and the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. These two protected areas, at close distance, offer a path of wide development, often equipped and thematic. The Park of the Apennines in 2015 was recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Historical paths

Two medieval routes allow you to discover the most unknown and authentic areas of Lunigiana, Garfagnana and the Serchio valley:

  • the Holy Face way starting from Pontremoli in Lunigiana, leads walkers to the cathedral of S.Martino in Lucca where the Holy Face, a wooden cross venerated since the early Middle Ages, is still preserved;
  • the Matilda way it leaves from Mantua and arrives in Garfagnana from S.Pellegrino in Alpe where there is still the medieval hospital, one of the many resting places linked to the figure of Matilde of Canossa, a 12th century powerful feudal Margravine.

Traditional flavors

Gastronomic traditions still alive and products such as spelt (farro, quality labelled), chestnut flour (neccio, quality labelled) and mais, pecorino cheese, porcini mashrooms, meat and special sausages (for example the biroldo), or types of beans unique for quality make us taste the identity flavors of Garfagnana. For the most part they are dishes with simple preparations, with genuine ingredients that bring us back to the fragrances of the earth, back to tables of other times.