Garfagnana is a land of fairytales a few kilometers from Lucca enclosed between the Apuan Alps and the Appenine. Due to its geographical position, this area has remained far from modernization for a long time, preserving the architecure of the tiny medieval villages and fortresses, the taste of local small productions, now enlisted in the Slow Food Foundation, the tradition and and history of its population into legends, stories and tales.
Garfagnana is crossed by two rivers and along their valleys slopes are dotted of small cosy villages. The biggest towns are Borgo a Mozzano, Castelnuovo Garfagnana and Barga, but there are many other scattered around the area, which are famous for their artisanal productions from Coreglia Antelminelli, to San Romano, Sillicano ecc.
The most famous icon of Garfagnana is the Devil’s bridge, Ponte della Maddalena, and its three pointed arches. The legend says that the inhabitants asked the Devil to allow them finish the costruction, in change of a pure soul. A dog crossed the bridge as first, cheating the Devil.
Sensation tour Garfagnana
A day trip in Garfagnana, the magical land surrounded by Apuan Alps at the back of Lucca, which has preserved the ancient taste of Romans. Meet Andrea, our gourmet, and experience the visit of ham and cheese factories as well as a tasteful lunch at his typical osteria carved inside ancient city walls.
Along the itinerary, there will be time for sightseeing of charming villages and historical heritage buildings such as Barga, and the famous Ponte della Maddalena, so-called Devil’s bridge.
Meet the food artisans
Garfagnana is particularly famous for food and typical local productions such as: spelt, eight-rows corn, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, beer, cheese, ham and cured meat above all. There are many family run food factories, which still produce cheese, ham, corn wheat, beer.
Visiting cheese factories
DepartureViareggio and Lucca area
Return TimeApproximately 6:30 PM.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
Cheese factory tour and tasting
Savoury lunch in Castelnuovo Garfagnana
Sightseeing of Garfagnana