Half Day Private Tour to the Garfagnana Valley and the village of Barga

On our Half Day Private Tour to Barga and Garfagnana from Lucca, you will discover the beautiful Garfagnana Valley in the county of Lucca. Moreover, you will admire the famous Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano and the medieval village of Barga.

 

Private tour from Lucca to the medieval Barga in the heart of the Garfagnana Valley

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Enjoy nature, history and art in the beautiful Garfagnana Valley on our Private Tour from Lucca

Devil Bridge Garfagnana
Devil Bridge Garfagnana

Garfagnana is a beautiful montainous region in the north west of Tuscany. It is located between the Apennines on the east and the Apuan Alps on the west. It features a suggestive contrast for the presence of harsh mountains and green valleys. The area is ideal for  oudoor activities, walking and hiking. The river Serchio crosses this valley and Monte Prado is the highest mountain here with 2.054 mt above the sea level. In this valley, we found also many medieval villages, rich in art and history. Among these, the hilltop town of Barga and the small Borgo a Mozzano. In this last village, we will stop to admire the famous Devil’s Bridge (officially Ponte della Maddalena) with its asymmetrical arches.

Garfagnana and the Mid Serchio Valley.

 

From your Hotel / Accommodation / Port to the Valley of Garfagnana

We can pick you up from your accomodation in Lucca or from the Cruise Terminal if you are travelling on a cruise ship. From there, you will board our comfortable minivan and start our Half Day Private Tour to Barga and Garfagnana from Lucca. We will drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside towards the Garfagnana Valley, in the north west of Tuscany.

Read more about Garfagnana in our blog.

 

Stop at the Devil’s Bridge on our way to Garfagnana

During our trip, you will be able to admire a very suggestive landscape, full of marvellous green valleys and old medieval towers. Following the course of the river Serchio, we will have a stop at the medieval Ponte della Maddalena (Maddalena’s Bridge), in the town of Borgo a Mozzano.

Isola Santa Garfagnana
Isola Santa Garfagnana

The bridge was built in the XII century and it is a good example of medieval engineering. The structure is quite irregular, with asymmetric arches (a large one next to three smaller ones). Because of this peculiar shape and the legend behind its construction, the bridge is more commonly known as the Devil’s Bridge.

Indeed, it seems that the inventor of this bridge asked for the Devil’s help to build it. According to a popular legend, the Devil who accepted to do it in one night in exchange for the soul of the first person to cross the bridge. However, the constructor felt guilty about this pact. So, he confessed everything to the Bishop of Lucca, who made a pig cross it before someone died. The Devil took the pig and disappeared in the river waters. But locals say the Devil was furious about being fooled. Apparently, he is still waiting to get his debt paid.

 

The Medieval Castles in Garfagnana

Since the Garfagnana Valley alway featured a very strategic position, many battles happened here. Therefore, many fortresses were built in order to keep the surrounding areas under control. In this natural environment, you can find many castles and travel back to the Middle Ages.

The most famous fortresses in this area are: the Ariostesca Fort in Castelnuovo, the Verrucole Fort and the Castle at Montalfonso. Each of them offers a lot to see in terms of architecture and culture.

Nowadays, most of the fortresses hosts cultural and musical events.

During our Day Tour to Garfagnana we will have the chance to visit one of these medieval castles.

 

Discover the elegant old village of Barga in Garfagnana

Our last stop will be in Barga, one of the most charming medieval villages in Tuscany.  The Italian Touring Club recently assigned to Barga the “orange flag”, that is a reward for its excellence in tourism hospitality. Additionally, it was recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Barga is rich in hisory and architecture withm many civic and religious buildings to visit. Among these:

  • Casa Pascoli, where the important Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli lived for more than 10 years,
  • the Teatro dei Differenti, where the poet gave one of his most famous speeches,
  •  Collegiata di San Cristoforo, considered one of the most important Romanesque cathedrals in  Tuscany.

Moreover, Barga was also named “the most Scottish town in Italy”. Indeed, many Scottish migrants came here at the beginning of the 20th century and today you find also some

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFrom your  Accommodation in Lucca
DURATIONAbout 4/5 hours
DEPARTURE:9:30 am
SUGGESTED CLOTHINGComfortable clothing, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Expert tour guide
Transportation in minivan with air conditioned
NOT INCLUDED
LunchTips

 

 

Itinerary:

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Departure From Your Accomodation

Our driver will pick up you from your accomodation in Lucca or from your the Cruise Terminal. You will board our minivan. Then you will start our Half Day Private Tour to Barga and Garfagnana from Lucca. On the way to Garfagnana, the guide will introduce you to this area and its history.
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Visit the Devil's Bridge

We will make a stop to admire the Devil’s Bridge, a medieval bridge on the Serchio river.
3

Visit in a Medieval Castle

We will make a stop to visit one of the most interesting castles in the Garfagnana Valley.
4

Visit the village of Barga

Our last stop will be the Medieval Village of Barga, hometown of Giovanni Pascoli.
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Return at your Accomodation

We will drop off your group to your departure point.
The Devil's Bridge Garfagnana
The Devil's Bridge Garfagnana
Devil Bridge Garfagnana
Piazza Anfiteatro Lucca
Isola Santa Garfagnana
City Lucca
City Lucca

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  • Deposit 30% is required at reservation time, by credit card or paypal (in both case 4% more) in order to guarantee your reservation.
  • Due payment will be made by cash in EURO the day of the tour.
  • There will be a full charge to your deposit for bookings canceled less than 14 days prior or for no-shows.
  • No charge for cancellations made with at least 14 days prior notice.

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