Printable directions from Pisa Airport
Directions from Pisa Airport:
Head lights must be turned on at all times.
From Pisa Airport car hire head back towards the airport and follow signs to Genova/Livorno on the motorway (green motorway sign)A12. You will come to a toll (go to the booth in the middle, marked with a car handing a ticket) After the toll take the right fork to Genova and Pisa Nord. Approx 10km you will turn off to Pisa Nord, head for Firenze and Lucca A11.
Take the Lucca Est exit (Toll: 2.80 Euros Approx) and follow signs for Abetone, Bagni di Lucca, Castelnuovo (Garfagnana), Barga. You will make your way around the walls of the city. As you head left away from the walls after the 3rd roundabout stick to the right hand lane and take the right fork for Abetone etc after 500m.
Once through Lucca (5 Kms) you will arrive at a big round about with Esselunga supermarket on your right. Turn left (signed to Barga, Castelnuovo, Abetone and a brown sign for Garfagnana) you will go through a series of tunnels and then cross a bridge over the Serchio, take the next slip road to the right, sign posted Castelnuovo & Barga. You will cross the river again and are now heading up the left side of the Serchio valley. In Borgo A Mozzano head straight on towards Castelnuovo.
Continue for 15km until you pass under three bridges, the third has “Gallicano” written on it.Turn right immediately, signed to Barga and Molazzana and then left at the T junction. At the top of the hill turn right and then first left for Molazzana (4km). In Molazzana take left fork at the Parrucchiera AMBRA and keep going up (1.5km third road to the left) you will see the sign for Promiana 1km: turn left. In Promiana, continue to the end of the car park and follow the sign to Lavacchio at the end of the wall. Please drive slowly and carefully; the road narrows to 2.5 metres as you approach. When you come through our gate, please pause and register your arrival with us in the pink house to the right.
(Should you wish to shop before you arrive, do not turn off the main road after the three bridges but continue for another 250m to the Conad supermarket – open 8.30am-8.30pm – on the right. On exiting the carpark, follow signs for Lucca, under the road, up the ramp and left at the top. Turn right almost immediately and then first right after 100m and you will start to climb the hill to Molazzana.)
The road in to Lavacchio is extremely narrow (1.85m) for the first 60m and you risk a scratch on your car; please call us on the number below when you arrive in Promiana and we will come and pick you up. Please let us know in advance if you are arriving after midnight, this isn’t a problem but pre warning would be advisable.
It shouldn’t take you more than 1hr 45m, it usually takes us 1hr 20m on a bad day. But don’t rush, you can phone us if you get lost. (0039)3491201954 or 0583760369
Useful map to buy would be Michelin Italia Nord-Ovest No 428
If driving from the north, you can take an exhilirating drive over the mountains from Modena or Aulla and get to Castelnuovo Garfagnana (not for the queasy!) It’s often quicker and more comfortable to head for Lucca and then follow the directions above.