Piazza al Serchio is a rare delight – a rural village well off the tourist trail, but a destination that has all of the amenities and facilities required to enjoy a self-catering vacation to its fullest. The village also has good transport links, meaning whether you decide to head out and explore the delights of Lucca, Pisa, Florence or simply the remainder of the mountainous Garfagnana region you have plenty of options. The village is peaceful, quiet and has a laid-back atmosphere – perfect for that relaxing annual break.
The name ‘Piazza al Serchio’ originates from the town’s position close to the high basin of the Serchio River. The river, as well as nearby Lake Gramalazzo are delightful places for a spot of swimming or relaxation on the waterside, and taking a picnic and a bottle of local wine has long been a popular choice.
Piazza al Serchio is a traditional Italian village, and the perfect place to practice your Italian skills. You should not expect English to be widely spoken in the area – this part of Tuscany is far from overrun with foreign tourists after all – but you can expect a warm welcome from the friendly locals, and to return with more knowledge of the local lingo than you arrived with.
All of the eating options in Piazza al Serchio can be reached on foot from the village’s holiday rental accommodation, meaning if you fancy a meal and a few drinks in the local restaurant you will not have to worry about getting a taxi to and from the eatery. Eating-out options in Piazza al Serchio include a snack bar for panini’s and coffee, a pizzeria and two traditional Italian restaurants that serve a variety of pasta dishes and local favourites.
Visitors to Piazza al Serchio have an abundance of choices when it comes to places to visit during their stay. A couple of suggestions to get you started are: Lucca (62km) – which is just over an hour on the train or by car, but well worth the journey due to its fantastically preserved old buildings and high-quality gardens, and Camporgiano (5km) – an ancient hill town that is home to an impressive castle.
The summer in Piazza al Serchio is ideal for spending daytimes outdoors and evenings on the terrace of your holiday villa, with daily high temperatures above 30C and warm evenings. Proceedings cool down somewhat from September onwards, but pleasant weather can still be enjoyed all the way through until late October.
At a little under 100km away, Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport (PSA) is the closest airport to Piazza al Serchio, but Florence Peretola (FLR, 106km) is a good alternative. Pisa is generally the cheaper option as it is the Tuscan destination for budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet, but special offers can sometimes be found on flights to Florence.