The name ‘San Romano in Garfagnana’ is not one that immediately springs to mind when thinking about top Tuscan holiday destinations, but you can rest assured that if you choose this mountainous part of Italy you can be sure of a holiday that is both enjoyable and relaxing. As the name would indicate, San Romano lies in the heart of the Garfagnana region – a historical area which is now part of the Lucca Province, and is just 55km from Lucca and 50km from the coast.
Being located between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, San Romano in Garfagnana sits in a mountainous region that makes for great walking and hiking opportunities. If you decide to pull on your sturdy boots and venture out you will find a land of chestnut trees, dense pine forests, excellent viewpoints, rocky terrain and much more. Horse riding and mountain biking can also be arranged in the village, and represent great alternative ways of getting around and exploring the great outdoors.
San Romano in Garfagnana has a decent array of shops and other amenities for a village of its size, with more to be found in the nearby villages. There are also several important monuments within the village centre, including the Chiesa (Church) di Santo Stefano and the Chiesa di San Martino a Silicagnana.
Tuscany is renowned for its local festivals and events, and the biggest celebration in San Romano in Garfagnana is the Porchetta Festival, which is held every August. Porchetta is a traditional pork dish that has been prepared and cooked in a particular way, and is just one dish that should be tried by all visitors to the region.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (12km) is the main market town in the region, and just one of a number of towns and villages that warrant a day trip when staying in San Romano in Garfagnana. The town also has restaurants and several bars, and is a good place to enjoy that special evening out or a busy day of shopping and stocking up food supplies.
The mountainous terrain in and around San Romano in Garfagnana means that you should always take a rain jacket with you when holidaying in the area. You can, however, also expect warm temperatures, especially during summer months – when the mercury often rises above the magic 30C mark.
Pisa Airport (PSA) is the best airport to fly to from the UK if you decide to use San Romano in Garfagnana as your base for exploring this unspoilt part of Italy. If you rent a hire car from this destination you can reasonably expect to be at your rental accommodation within an hour and a half of leaving the airport, as it is less than 100km away.