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|Around Lucca: the garfagnana area: Barga town Guide to an Ancient Medici Town close to Lucca & Pisa||medieval
walled city of Barga. In the heart of Garfagnana,Nestled
in the beautiful mountainous
northwest corner of Tuscany. A Tuscany's earthly paradise It's a medieval town of Longobard origin The town lies on a hilltop in the valley of the river Serchio called the Garfagnana area. Florence and Siena are within 100 to150 km (60 to 90 miles) close enough for day trips by either car or train. A land of wild nature you will find lakes, very old live style berries, chestnuts and Porcini mushrooms.
Main distances from Barga a charming
on Barga a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany.
Barga with its cobbled lanes and impressive
duomo is a natural beauty and quaint village Timeless Beauty Untouched
by mass tourism, more than picturesque, Barga is a gem: ancient,
immaculate and prosperous, it attracts only the discerning.
The ancient town of Barga is situated in the valley
of the river Serchio on the edge of the Garfagnana Region. The original
historical center of town still remains. The old houses are gathered
around the dominant cathedral dating back to before the year 1000.
The town seems protected by its surrounding walls.
Historically, the area has close links with Scotland, where many barghigiani emigrated in the early part of the century, often to work in the catering trade.
Barga is located to the Serchio valley The Garfagnana, is rich in traditions like great poets: Ludovico Ariosto Giovanni Pascoli (His house in Castelvecchio)
British and American painters have found ample inspiration both in Barga and the surrounding region.
Barga is the perfec location from which to explore churces, strongholds, castles and fortresses.
Barga is famous for it's summer music festival
For lover of the outdoors, the area offers the lure of several trekking excursions surrounded by natural beauty.
In the Apuan Alps, famed for their marble quarries, trekkers can visit Monte Forato noted for a natural stone arch spanning 30 m (100ft), and the Pania. The cave Grotta del Vento
The close Lake of Vagli where at the bottom is visible through the water the old ghost village of Fabbriche di Careggine.
In this area you can also find the canyon of the
"Orrido di Botri" , "Lago Santo" and "Lago
Baccio", "San Pellegrino in Alpe" with a museum devoted
to the artifacts of daily life.
Barga has two distinct areas - Barga Vecchia and Barga Giardino. Barga Vecchia is the walled part and is a maze of small piazzas, ageless shops and galleries and narrow climbing streets which culminates in the duomo. Barga Vecchia is where you can find the Tourist Office, The Teatre dei Differente (Opera Barga) and the internationally famous Caffe Capretz
Barga Giardino is the newer district and here is where you will find all the shops and stores to take care of all your holiday needs from banking to supermarkets, gelateria to corner shops.
Visitors can admire a marvellous panorama, including Barga Castello, the Apuan Alps, going from the Pizzorne highlands to the Pania group to the Pisanino mountain, several small towns on the opposite side of the valley, and the river Serchio flowing in the valley below. To the right, the hamlet of Tiglio and the town of Coreglia Antelminelli can be seen, nested in the the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.
Giovanni Pascoli to write his renown poem "L'Ora di Barga".
Giovanni Pascoli - poet. He was born in 1855 in San Mauro di Romagna (afterwards, in 1932 the town was named San Mauro Pascoli in honour of our famous poet); he died in 1912 in Bologna, his corpse is buried in Castelvecchio di Barga in Tuscany.
"I was looking for a secluded and solitary