Garfagnana: itineraries and what to see in the upper valley of the Serchio

Routes Garfagnana, where it is and what to see in this region of Tuscany, in the Serchio valley in the province of Lucca, a land of gastronomic traditions and folk tales of witches and goblins in the area, as the Linchetto and Buffardello.

Guide Garfagnana

Tourism Garfagnana is very attractive for both visit its main centers is to do trekking along the many paths. Garfagnana is a geographical area of the province of Lucca, which extends between the Apuan Alps and ‘Tosco Emiliano, borders the provinces of Massa Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Florence and north with Emilia Romagna.

The Serchio river runs through it and the landscape, of great beauty, is characterized by forests and mountains to walk through countless hiking trails of great naturalistic impact. The mountain range of the Alps, which takes its name from the original people of the Apuan, is located in the northern part of Tuscany and around it there are the rivers Magra and Serchio, the coast of Versilia and the valleys of Lunigiana and Garfagnana.

The Apuan Alps characterize the landscape of Garfagnana crossing in full. Have a structure very karst crystallized that made them famous throughout the world for the extraction of the famous Carrara marble, the material used for centuries for the construction of monuments and sculptures.

The Serchio, formerly called Auser, down from the slopes of Mount Sillano along the Garfagnana from North to South to Castelnuovo from where, continuing through the area called Middle Valley where there are the villages of Barga and Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca and subsequently reaches flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea at Marina di Vecchiano.

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is the main center of the area, followed by Camporgiano, Gallicano, Castiglione, Pieve Fosciana, Minucciano, Piazza al Serchio and Villa Collemandina. Castelnuovo is about 45 kilometers from Lucca and Forte dei Marmi along the route of Arni through the rocky Gallery Cipollaio.