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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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Remote with breathtaking views

5 of 5
This home was full of character located in the Apuan Alps, with amazing views. The old farmhouse is divided into 4 apartments and the pool and grounds are shared by all the guests. We could enjoy all the facilities without any trouble. Our host was very kind and made our stay very welcoming. He provided us with lots of information about the local area and things to do. The house is located 30 min drive on a very narrow mountain pass, from the closest town - Gallicano. The caves are well worth visiting and a hike to Calomini Hermitage is also recommended. The facilities were basic, but everything worked and our stay was perfectly comfortable. Internet connection was intermittent due to location. We enjoyed a peaceful and restful stay at this house! Thank you!
  • Review Submitted: Aug 08, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2018

Relaxing stay in scenic mountain location

5 of 5
Our 5 night stay in Villa Terroni just wasn't long enough! Ivano and Pat were warm and hospitable hosts, and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable - they even went to the trouble of providing gluten-free pasta for me, alongside Ivano's delicious homemade bolognese which welcomed us on arrival. The apartment was spacious, spotlessly clean and equipped to the highest level - they'd thought of everything we could possibly need. The bed was comfortable (always an important factor), and the pool was a delightful place to cool off after a day enjoying the beauty of the surrounding area. We'd never visited the region before, but are now confirmed fans of the gorgeous Garfagnana!
  • Review Submitted: Aug 07, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2018