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Make a holiday villa in Garfagnana your home away from home

Garfagnana is a place of great scenic beauty in the northern part of Tuscany, with a landscape of oak and chestnut forests, orchards, meadows, vineyards, churches and ancient villages. The large valley and mountain range lies close to the historic towns of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, but also has its own historic hotspots of castles and fortresses. In addition to its old buildings, Garfagnana's past can be glimpsed in fascinating museums. Nature and outdoor activities are the area's biggest draws with year-round active pursuits including skiing, trekking and horse riding. Driving through valley roads to discover small towns and villages perched on cliffs is another must for the holiday itinerary.

For superlative comfort and enjoyment, HomeAway has a wonderful range of holiday villas in Garfagnana situated in towns, villages and gorgeous countryside. Guests want for nothing as spacious holiday properties feature such essential amenities as televisions with satellite and cable TV, washing machines and internet access. A collection of Garfagnana holiday homes come with delightful extras such as outdoor grills, fireplaces and hot tubs. Many have their own swimming pools or use of a shared pool.

Things to do

-Outdoor activities: With so much beautiful scenery and natural splendour, Garfagnana has much to offer lovers of the great outdoors. Hikers can head out into the mountains where they’ll find long, winding and strenuous routes. There are also numerous tracks for cyclists. Meanwhile, mountaineers will love scaling some of the peaks of the Apuan Alps. The subterranean world beneath Garfagnana can be explored in the Wind Grotto, a series of stalactite and stalagmite-covered caves and grottoes under the Pania Secca mountain.

-Historic monuments: Garfagnana's landscape is dotted with a number of old castles and fortresses. In the south of Garfagnana, find the ancient Fortress of Trassilico with its splendid tower. The Verrucole Fortress that we see today dates from the 15th century and is open during the summer months. The medieval Castiglione di Garfagnana's Fortress is well worth a visit for its towers and panoramic views. Inside this walled town, you will also discover a selection of Castiglione di Garfagnana holiday homes.

-Sports: Those who love to get active on their holidays have much to look forward to all year round. There’s skiing and snow-shoeing among other snow-based activities in Passo delle Radici, Casone di Profecchia and Careggine during the winter. When the warmer weather comes there's horse riding through forests, fields and mountains. The area's artificial lakes and natural waterways are popular with fishing enthusiasts, while golfers can perfect their swing at the Garfagnana Golf Club located in Braccicorti.

-Museums: As well as natural beauty, Garfagnana shows off its cultural riches in a handful of museums. The Archaeological Museum of Territory in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana features many ancient relics from the second and third centuries BC. To see our range of rentals here, browse our page of holiday rentals in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Inside the Natural History Museum at Orecchiella Park, visitors will find three floors of exhibits that cover many aspects of the area's natural environment. One of the most fascinating museums is the Ethnographic Museum Don Luigi Pellegrini that houses more than 200 years’ worth of tools and artisan work from Garfagnana. It is housed inside the medieval hospital of San Pellegrino.

-Family adventures: Visitors with Garfagnana holiday homes will discover fun for all the family at the area’s adventure parks. The adventure park in the forest of Buffardello offers canopy tours through the trees with routes for adults and children. Thrill seekers who like to feel the adrenalin coursing through their veins can try white-water rafting, caving and rocking climbing at Parco del Levigliese.

-Food and drink: Garfagnana is renowned for its mushrooms that are collected from wooded areas all over the region. Other specialities that you will find in the cuisine and on restaurant tables are hill country cheeses and milk from goats that graze in upland meadows and Garfagnana honey. Potato bread has been a dietary staple for years.

Weather in Garfagnana

Garfagnana benefits from a beautiful Mediterranean climate which sees dry summers and temperatures of up to 28C. Winters are also very mild, with temperatures still peaking at around 12C and less than 1 in 3 rainy days, which makes a holiday home in Pieve Fosciana a great place to escape the English winter.

Travel to Garfagnana

The most convenient way to get to holiday apartments in Garfagnana is via Lucca which is served by airports at Florence and Pisa. From Lucca, it's a picturesque drive by rental car into the valley. Public transport options are available but they are sparse. A car is needed because of the distances between some of the main towns, villages and attractions.

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                                                                                                      Excellent villa in beautiful Tuscany.

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                                                                                                      We were a group of 6 adults and found the villa was in very good condition and fully equipped. It had great space for socialising and excellent en-suite bedrooms. The swimming pool was very good although a little cold in late September. Loretta greeted us and was very friendly offering suggestions for eating out etc. She also responded very quickly when one of our party requested a visit to the doctor - picking him up within 10 minutes and translating etc with medical staff. The town is a little further away for walking than we anticipated although only minutes in a car. There is an excellent restaurant within comfortable walking distance which we visited twice. Lucca is really worth visiting and only 40 minutes by car. The local villages of Castiglione and Barga were also very good. All in all we had an excellent week in the villa and would highly recommend the property and local area.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Peaceful, restful stay in a comfortable farmhouse with private pool.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We were met on arrival by very helpful hosts, who showed us where to park our car, and explained the workings of the farmhouse and local features. Facilities in the farmhouse were largely very good, with plenty of space in the bedrooms. Communal living area was a little cramped, doubling as the living room and kitchen. Very difficult, for example, to watch any TV, which was pushed into one corner of the room, with dining table and kitchen activities going on in front of it. The pool, while permanently cold, even in the heat of midsummer, did not deter anyone from using it regularly throughout each day. Indeed, it was a major feature of the holiday - a luxury to have a pool to ourselves instead of sharing with countless annoying strangers. The location was beautiful - rolling countryside with dramatic hills. It felt quite remote, as the nearest small town was a few kilometres away. But this was its attraction - a getaway from it all, relaxing holiday with no distractions, and no pressure to always be sightseeing. Not so attractive, I guess, for anyone needing some trips to cultural centres. All in all, a successful stay and holiday that almost totally fulfilled our needs. A better living area in the house, and, perhaps, some heating to the pool, would have made it prefect.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Realistic Villa Under the Tuscan Sun

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The property is exactly as pictured and as described online. Surrounded by an onsite vineyard, olive trees, and other fruit trees-the villa is nicely furnished and equipped with surprisingly fast WIFI for being in the mountains. The owners provided timely and responsive customer serice throughout the pre-arrival process; and then provided plenty of useful information during the stay. We utilized many of their recommendations to explore the surrounding area. Additionally, we thoroughly enjoyed making authentic wood fire pizzas with Gessica and Maria as one of the many meal experiences they offer at the villa. Also, the beautiful infinity edge pool is a wonderful respite on a warm sunny day. We highly recommend the La Collina for anyone wanting the true Italian villa under the Tuscan sun experience.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016