Travel Reference
In-Depth Information
Tourist office (
05 8364 1007; ; Piazza delle Erbe;
9.30am-1pm &
3.30-6.30pm Mon-Sat) Opposite the park visitors centre.
Getting There & Away
Take the SS12 from Lucca (direction Abetone) and turn off onto the SS445. There's a car
park at Piazza del Genio, off Via Roma on the opposite side of the river to the walled
centro storico .
Regional train services:
Lucca (€4.10, one hour, nine daily)
Pisa (€5.10, 1½ hours, four daily)
POP 10,300
This chic village, 12km south of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, is one of those irresistibly
slow Tuscan hilltop towns with a disproportionately large and dynamic English-speaking
community. Churches, artisan workshops, attractive stone houses and palaces built by rich
merchants between the 15th and 17th centuries lace the steep streets leading up to the
Romanesque Duomo di San Cristoforo (Piazza Beato Michel e 1) . Across the grass from the
church, inside Barga's old prison, the Museo Civico del Territorio di Barga (Piazza dell'Arringo
del Duomo; adult/reduced €3/2; 10am-12.30pm & 3-6pm Thu-Sun Jul & Aug, Sat & Sun only Sep)
evokes local history and tradition from prehistory to the 17th century.
Sleeping & Eating
Il Benefizio
( 05 8372 2201; ; apt from €70; ) Squeeze your car along the nar-
row road to this olive farm, framed by acacia and chestnut woods 2km from Barga. It has
two well-equipped apartments in the old stables, both with spectacular views. Guests can
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