The River Serchio runs through the Province of Lucca for approximately 100 km, its source being in the furthest northern part of the mountainous area (the Apuan Alps and the Apennines), flowing down through the valley as far as Lucca and reaching the sea on the Tyrrhenian Coast.The upper part of the valley is called the Garfagnana, the big forest. At one time, people called it the Tuscan Switzerland because of the panoramic views of the mountains, the woods and also because of the Swiss-like industrious character of its inhabitants.
Many fortified medieval villages still stand on the tops of hills as reminders of the wars between Lucca, Florence, Pisa and Reggio Emilia.
There are many trips you can arrange to explore the area. Some places can be reached only by car or minibus while others are accessible by normal bus services (up to 50 people).
IMPORTANT: We cannot provide the bus or the car service to reach the following places, but we may give you suggestions for contacts if you wish.
Here are some ideas for tours in this still undiscovered area:
TOUR 1: Full day tour (6 hours, lunch excluded)
MORNING: We visit the Museo del Castagno (museum of the history of chestnuts labour).
For your lunch, we can give you suggestions to find simple but great traditional restaurants. The menu may include some chestnut-flour specialties if on season (Autumn).
AFTERNOON: We Visit Barga with its wonderful hilltop Romanesque cathedral and then, we will proceed to the Ponte del Diavolo. Famous medieval bridge that, according to a local legend, was built buy the devil!
TOUR 2. Full day tour (6 hours, lunch time excluded)
RECOMMENDED ONLY FOR CARS OR BUS (MAXIMUM 8 MT LONG)
MORNING: We drive as far as Vergemoli to visit the spectacular Grotta del Vento
AFTERNOON: We visit Celle dei Puccini , the house where Giacomo Puccini’s ancestors lived and where the Maestro spent many of his summers as a boy.
Half day (maximum 3 hours:) € 105 for 25 people and 2€ extra for each person
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 210.00 and 4€ extra for each person
Individual and family rates (1-10 partecipants)
Half day (maximum 3 hours) €120
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 240€