Under an hour from the beautiful medieval city of Lucca is the region of Media Valle in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounding the city of Barga, Media Valle is a beautifully rural mountainous area, where the tiny mediaeval villages and town are steeped in folklore and tradition, and the countryside is free to enjoy at any time of the year. This a region to relax and get away from the stress of everyday life, and where the markets brim with deliciously fresh produce to fill the shelves of any Media Valle holiday accommodation.
Much like the adjacent region of Garfagnana, Media Valle is a location to relax and take life slowly. A holiday rental in Media Valle opens up the stunning countryside of forests, mountains and dramatic gorges which is not usually associated with the landscape of Tuscany. Walking and mountain biking holidays are hugely popular activities here, and rightly so, as the glorious surroundings, excellent weather conditions and wealth of charming medieval villages make travelling, however slowly, a genuine delight.
The food and cuisine of Media Valle is first rate, and courses can be taken, although taking to the locals about produce and ways of preparing food means you will certainly gain enough information to create some real delicacies in your self catering Media Valle accommodation. It is a favourite topic of conversation for many people in the area.
Bagni di Lucca is a charismatic spa town in the foothills of the Apennines, which has been known since the Roman times, when the curative properties of the thermal springs were first exploited. Plunge baths, mud treatments, three thermal swimming pools and a huge array of treatments are available to enjoy from a number of centres harnessing the natural waters, making a Media Valle holiday villa in Bagni di Lucca perfect for a relaxing mountain retreat in relaxing surroundings.
Further into the mountains lies the small medieval city of Barga. A walled city built around a castle on top of a rocky outcrop, Barga has a disproportionate amount to see. The Cathedral or Duomo is a beautiful building, filled with treasures of Romanesque art, well worth a visit from a holiday rental in Media Valle.
The gateway to the Serchio Valley, Borgo a Mozzano, is a magnificent old town steeped in centuries of tradition. The legendary Devil’s Bridge is a remarkable landmark with a remarkable story behind it.
The medieval town of Coreglia Antelminelli is also worth investigation from a Media Valle holiday villa. The Church of San Marino and the remains of the ancient fortress around which the town grew are magnificent monuments of the regions rough past. If you are lucky enough to take a holiday rental in Media Valle on 7th October, the Feast of the Lady of the Rosary is a great celebration with food, dancing and traditional music.
Summers in Media Valle are extremely pleasant, as average temperatures hover around 26°C for much of the summer. Winter temperatures can be cold, and if you are taking a holiday rental in Media Valle during the winter, packing a jumper is advised!
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