Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is the main market town of the mountainous Garfagnana region of northern Tuscany. The whole region is almost impossibly beautiful, colloquially known as the ‘national park of Tuscany’, and a villa in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana places you right in the heart of the region. The terracotta roofs of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana provide a beautiful contrast to the green of the thick pine woods that carpet the Apennine hills and the Apuan Alps.
The Garfagnana countryside is among the best places to walk in Italy. Trekking up mountain paths or leisurely walks down the lush valleys both provide many hours of entertainment, allowing you to discover Italy’s best kept secret for yourself. The highest mountain in Tuscany, Monte Prado is within easy reach of accommodation in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, as are the maze of forest trails, rugged peaks of the Apuan Alps and the spectacular landscapes of the Orecchiella Natural Park. These trails do not only facilitate unforgettable walking holidays, but also magnificent mountain biking and horse riding holidays too.
There are a handful of dammed valleys in Garfagnana, producing much of the area’s electricity, but also providing idyllic spots in which to sail and kayak. Wildlife thrives in the man-made lakes, and silently gliding through the still waters means that you have a great chance to spot some of the rarer species native to the area, including golden eagle, boar and even bears.
If you are staying in a holiday rental villa in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana on Epiphany Night (6th Jan), you will hear the sounds of musicians playing ancient songs throughout the streets of the town. Befanate is a traditional celebration in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana occurring every year, and is usually accompanied by great feasts and merry making.
As you explore the Garfagnana region you will stumble across charming hill town which look to have changed very little in centuries. Hill towns including Molazzana, Vergamoli and Corfino are among the most beautiful, all of which offer superb cuisine and plenty of little family run restaurants to enjoy.
During the summer (from June until September), average monthly temperatures stay above 24˚C, which is blissfully warm for getting out into the countryside. Rain is not uncommon in the area, which contributes to the lushness of Garfagnana and the remarkable array of wildlife that calls the region home. In winter, although at high altitude, temperatures remain above freezing for much of the time.
The closest airport to a holiday rental in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is Pisa Airport (PSA) 75km away. There are a good range of direct flights arriving into Pisa from the UK, the majority of which are provided by Ryanair, but other carriers do provide services. Due to the remote location of a Castelnuovo di Garfagnana property, taking a hire car from the airport is advisable.