Fosciandora is a 15th century town located on the border of Tuscany and Emilia, situated in the Lucca Province. The municipality of Fosciandora contains a number of villages and hamlets, meaning that by visiting one place you will get to see many others, without having to make long journeys to do so. Holiday rental accommodation choices include idealistic Tuscan villas and secluded stone cottages.
The small centre of the town has a medieval castle, church and tower, and one of the most important monuments in the area, in the form of the Santuario della Madonna della Stella, which has be standing since 1662. The area is also home to several fortifications, including the Fortress of Ceserana.
Heading for the outlying areas of the town is rewarded with an excellent scenic drive (or walk). The road climbs gently uphill, past the castles of Palleroso, Perpoli and Fiatonne, and into the surrounding countryside of olive groves, chestnut woods and roaming fields. If you have ever dreamed of a true Tuscan experience, then this is it. Make sure you take a bottle of local wine to enjoy when you stop to relax and take in the views.
Summer is a great time to visit, and there are a number of festivals that take place during this period. These include the festival of the ‘emigrant tourist’ in the Moscardini Villa, and the pilgrimage to the shrine of the Stella of Migliano.
Just a few kilometres down the road is the historic town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana – which hosts a popular produce market, and is the gateway to the Parc Naturale nature reserve, which offers a wide range of climbing, hiking, walking and fishing opportunities. There are also a number of other small medieval towns and villages within just a short drive from Fosciandora, many of which are untouched by tourism. Fosciandora is also just 40km north of Lucca, a city famous for its Renaissance city walls and its Academy of Science, which has been operating since the 16th century.
Summer is the most popular time to visit Fosciandora, when temperatures reach above 25C on the majority of days. Winter temperatures drop below the 10C mark, and can be lower during December and January. Rainfall can be quite high during the region, especially towards the end of the year, but a holiday rental in Fosciandora can still be enjoyed at any time of year.
The best option to getting from the UK to your self-catering accommodation in Fosciandora is to fly to Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PIS). A number of airlines make this trip on a daily basis, and the airport lies 47km from your destination. Florence Airport (FLR) is an alternative option, but will add another hour onto the second leg of your journey.