Garfagnana

A Holiday in Hidden Tuscany

The Enchanted Forest of Tuscany

To holiday in hidden Tuscany is to uncover a world both spectacular and magical. Rising out of the beech and chestnut forest are the Apuane Alps, Tuscany’s marble mountains.  To the east the Apennines rear up, Italy’s long spine. In between lies the Garfagnana, an authentic region rich in ancient traditions, renowned for wild local flavours and quietly developing a reputation as a hub for adventure sports.

Befana in Barga Tuscany Italy

Undiscovered Tuscany

Discover a world both authentic in its culture and sustainable in its way of life. Ancient traditions are celebrated in village feasts and age old festivals.

  • Medieval pageants eg Gallicano Paleo with flag throwing
  • Village Sagras celebrating a local speciality
  • Music Festivals
  • Pagan Rites
  • Befana (12th Night) and the giving of presents.
Befana in Barga Tuscany Italy

Discover

Discover a natural world both authentic in its culture and sustainable in its way of life. Ancient traditions are celebrated in village feasts and age old festivals.

  • Medieval pageants eg Gallicano Paleo with flag throwing
  • Village Sagras celebrating a local speciality
  • Music Festivals
  • Pagan Rites
  • Befana (12th Night) and the giving of presents.

Pick ‘n’ Mix Activities

On your vacation in undiscovered Tuscany participate in adventure sports with the help of our own Wild Trail Guides or local experts:

  • High ropes course for all the family at Parco Buffardello
  • Canyoning at the Parco Levigliese just 6km fom Col di Lavacchio
  • Exploring Tuscany’s Grand Canyon, the Orrido di Botri
  • Undertake part or all of our own Skyline Trek
  • Go underground at Italy’s largest cave complex, the Grotta del Vento
  • Explore marble quarries and silver mines at the Antro del Corchia
  • Mountain biking with your very own Ridgeline guide
  • There is also Horse riding, Golf, Tennis and Rock Climbing available in the valley.

Prices

Canyoning Garfagnana Tuscany Italy
Canyoning Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Pick ‘n’ Mix Activities

On your vacation in undiscovered Tuscany participate in adventure sports with the help of our own Wild Trail Guides or local experts:

  • High ropes course for all the family at Parco Buffardello
  • Canyoning at the Parco Levigliese just 6km fom Col di Lavacchio
  • Exploring Tuscany’s Grand Canyon, the Orrido di Botri
  • Undertake part or all of our own Skyline Trek
  • Go underground at Italy’s largest cave complex, the Grotta del Vento
  • Explore marble quarries and silver mines at the Antro del Corchia
  • Mountain biking with your very own Ridgeline guide
  • There is also Horse riding, Golf, Tennis and Rock Climbing available in the valley.

Prices

restaurant Barga Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Savour

The Garfagnana is renowned for its wild ingredients, from porcini to wild boar, spelt to chestnut flour, maize to pecorino cheeses. These are used in the variety of restaurants in the valley. Among our favourites are:

restaurant Barga Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Savour

The Garfagnana is widely known for its wild ingredients, from porcini to wild boar, spelt to chestnut flour, maize to pecorino cheeses. These are used in the variety of restaurants in the valley. Among our favourites are:

Pick ‘n’ Mix Flavours

On your holiday in hidden Tuscany experience the pleasure of learning a new skill. Try one of our family friendly activities:

Prices

 

Cheese Caseificio Marovelli Garfagnana Tuscany Italy
Cheese Caseificio Marovelli Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Pick ‘n’ Mix Flavours

On your holiday in hidden Tuscany experience the pleasure of learning a new skill. Try one of our family friendly activities:

Prices

Barga Jazz Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Festivals

From a medieval spectacle in Sillico to a truffle festival in Castiglione, a holiday in hidden Tuscany has something for everyone.

Barga is a firm favourite with our guests for its winding streets, hilltop cathedral, array of restaurants and its many music festivals throughout the summer including:

  • Le Piazette two week cacophony of different bands in the squares.
  • Opera Barga runs a series of classical music events.
  • Barga Jazz Festival in August is of international renown.
  • September festival of Scottish traditional music.
Barga Jazz Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Festivals

From a medieval spectacle in Sillico to a truffle festival in Castiglione, a holiday in hidden Tuscany has something for everyone.

Barga remains a firm favourite with our guests for its winding streets and hilltop cathedral, its array of restaurants and its many musical festivals throughout the summer. Among these are:

  • Le Piazette: a two week cacophony of different bands in the many squares.
  • Opera Barga runs a series of classical music events.
  • Barga Jazz Festival in August is of international renown.
  • A September festival of Scottish traditional music with workshops and concerts.

Fall in Love

Lucca casts a magical spell over all who visit with its narrow cobbled streets, its immense tree topped walls and its countless churches and towers. For something more contemporary check out the Lucca Summer Festival in July. In 2020 Paul McCartney, Celine Dion and Cat Stevens are due to visit. Alternatively, in October Lucca hosts Europe’s largest Comics and Games Festival.

  • Amazing restaurants. Ask us for our favourites.
  • Sensational Gelato – we’ll tell you the best.
  • Superb shopping in countless boutiques: leather and shoes a speciality
  • Puccini Opera festival at Torre del Lago and the Puccini Museum
  • Beautiful churches incl the Duomo with the Volto Santo sculpture.
Gorfigliano Garfagnana Tuscany Italy
Gorfigliano Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Fall in Love

Lucca casts a magical spell over all who visit with its narrow cobbled streets, its immense tree topped walls and its countless churches and towers. For something more contemporary check out the Lucca Summer Festival in July. In 2020 Paul McCartney, Celine Dion and Cat Stevens are due to visit. Alternatively, in October Lucca hosts Europe’s largest Comics and Games Festival.

  • Amazing restaurants. Ask us for our favourites.
  • Sensational Gelato – we’ll tell you the best.
  • Superb shopping in countless boutiques: leather and shoes a speciality
  • Puccini Opera festival at Torre del Lago and the Puccini Museum
  • Beautiful churches incl the Duomo with the Volto Santo sculpture
Mountain biking Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Further Afield

Pisa has its obvious attractions but the ancient walled town is a delight to explore. However the new Pisa Museum of Ancient Ships in the former Medici arsenale is a sensational new attraction.

Pistoia Blues Festival in July is well worth a visit with Simple Minds and The Script appearing in 2020.

Forte dei Marmi has a large market every Wednesday and Saturday if you are after some fine threads at a bargain price. Wander the marble streets and wonder at the designer shops. Bling bling!

Mountain biking Garfagnana Tuscany Italy

Further Afield

Pisa has its obvious attractions but the ancient walled town is a delight to explore. However the new Pisa Museum of Ancient Ships in the former Medici arsenale is a sensational new attraction.

Pistoia Blues Festival in July is well worth a visit with Simple Minds and The Script appearing in 2020.

Forte dei Marmi has a large market every Wednesday and Saturday if you are after some fine threads at a bargain price. Wander the marble streets and wonder at the designer shops. Bling bling!

Holiday in Hidden Tuscany Activity Prices

Parco Buffardello: Adult €19.00, Child €12.00

Parco Levigliese: from €10.00 – €50.00

Skyline Trek: from €60.00/day

Grotta del Vento: from €9.00 (1 hour) – €20.00 (3 hours)

Antro del Corchia: from €10.00 – €30.00

Walking the Partisan Trail: (3+ hours) from €15.00

Golf Course Garfagnana: €25.00/day

Horse Trekking: (Half day) €50.00, (Full day) €120.00

Cookery class: (3+ hours incl dinner) Adult €60.00, Children (under 13) €30.00

Lucca Bread Kitchen: (3 hours) from €50.00

Wine Tasting: from €10.00/person

Walking with Wine: (4-5 hours incl tasting) from €50.00

Col di Lavacchio Agriturismo Promiana Molazzana 55020 Lucca Italy

Col di Lavacchio Agriturismo Promiana, Molazzana 55020 Lucca, Italy

Col di Lavacchio Agriturismo Promiana Molazzana 55020 Lucca Italy

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