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Just 30 minutes drive from Bagni di Lucca is this amazing little hilltop town. Many times when we were waiting for a bus in Lucca to return to the apartment in Ponte a Serraglio we saw buses going to Barga.  We were curious about this place so one afternoon after a lovely lunch at one of our favourite pizza restaurants near Ponte Diavalo we decided to drive up to Barga.  Well, that was yet again another fabulous decision.


This was another WOW day in Tuscany. What is it about this country that around every corner there is another view to take your breath away.  We were like Alice in Wonderland, we just could not get enough of this stunning town nor could I stop taking photos.

Barga is a medieval town in the province of Lucca in Tuscany. It is a small hilltown, north of Lucca, in the valley known as the “Garfagnana”.


We wandered around for hours. We arrived not long after lunch so it was no doubt siesta time so the entire town was very quiet.  Although,  there were several places to have a coffee or a glass of wine or in fact a meal.

Of course also, there was the gelateria for our daily dose of gelato.

You don’t need a car in Barga (in fact cars are a nuisance in a Tuscan hilltown!) as public transport is generally excellent and reliable. It is easy to get to from Pisa and Lucca by bus or by train (but note that the train station is 5km from the town so the bus is better). We did drive up in our car and parked it just outside the entry gates. It was easy to go everywhere in the town by foot.