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Garfagnana Mountains

The Garfagnana is an area in the province of Lucca, between the Apuan Alps and the Appennino. It borders the Lunigiana and is crossed by the river Serchio.

The main center is Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. The Garfagnana is rich in forests and offers a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from pristine and inaccessible mountain areas, becaming gentle rolling hills in the south.

Forests, castles and medieval villages are clear evidence of centuries-old culture that still survives today in the local customs and traditions.

One can walk along the paths, followed by former pilgrims and saints, migrant beekeepers and armies, discovering a natural heritage still intact..

Out of the valley, one penetrates into a pristine wilderness in shady ravines and valleys till the rocky and rugged peaks of the Apuan Alps and the undulating turf-covered mountains of the Apennines.

The Garfagnana is a country where the locals meet their guests with genuine hospitality, and they always surprise with a lush dinner table of local products and delicacies.

Here some nice villages:

Castelnuovo Garfagnana

In Castelnuovo Garfagnana once lived the poet Ludovico Ariosto as governor of Garfagnana. Despite the bombings of World War II, the Ariostesca fortess, whose foundations date back to the twelfth century, has been preserved. The structure combines many elements of the Renaissance and now houses valuable collections of the Garfagnana from the Bronze Age. Also worth seeing is the cathedral, which is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. Particularly impressive is an evening stroll along the ancient walls of the village.

Vagli di Sotto and Vagli di Sopra

Both villages preserve the characteristics of ancient and medieval urban towns. They are both decorated by some churches. Very impressive is the picturesque lake. It will be emptied at regular intervals and then comes to light an ancient settlement that lies beneath the lake.

Bagni di Lucca

This charming city is divided into several parts, which extend along the course of Lima, and owes its fame to the thermal springs, which in the 11th Century were known. The place is not famous only due to its hot springs, but also because of its lush green surroundings and luxurious villas in the style typical of Lucca.

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