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The town of Barga is situated in the mountains of Garfagnana in the province of Lucca.

It has about 10,000 inhabitants and it is one of the most important of the Serchio Valley.

Barga is a medieval town, preserving most of the features of this historical period. The village dates from the fourteenth century and even today visitors can walk through the narrow streets and alleys of the old city in an atmosphere of past times.

In ancient times the town originated from an ancient castle surrounded by walls that contained what is now its centre.

During the Middle Ages Barga became an important commercial centre thanks to its collaboration with Florence and to the water supplies provided by its territory. The water was indeed crucial to the operation of crushers, mills, spinning and dyeing the silk.

Witnesses of this magnitude are still many monuments and palaces.

First of all, the monumental Cathedral (IX-XIII century) located in the upper part of the city, which offers a splendid view over the surrounding mountains.

The Castle with its ancient doors, that once allowed access to the city.

Several Renaissance Palaces, including the Conti Pancrazi Palace, Tallinucci Palace, Marchesi Angeli Palace and the Bishop Balduini Palace.

Another little jewel is the Teatro dei Differenti (Theater of Differenti), built around 1600 by the Academy of Differenti.

The Conservatory of S. Elizabeth is an ancient monastery of Poor Clares (XV). Here it is possible to admire a beautiful altarpiece of the school of Della Robbia.

And much more can be discovered and appreciated in this mountainous, valuable little town.

Barga has also been awarded (with the orange flag) by Touring Club and other major tourism awards have been assigned as “Slow City” and “One of the most beautiful villages in Italy”.

Around Barga there are also many opportunities for several sports, including walking, hiking, riding and mountain biking in addition to trekking and fishing in the lakes around.

Several gourmet tours are available to taste typical local products and flavours of ancient and tasteful culinary traditions.

Photos from the albums of: Adrian Fagg, Max Brighel, crunklygill and ticklemymonkey99.

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