from the house
There are many walks from the house and in the local area.
La Fontana is itself set on the walking path which follows up the mountain through the forest to the village of Trassilico. The entrance to the forest is about fifty yards from the house. It is largely undisturbed and is full of streams, rivers, waterfalls and wildlife.
A list of walks (with our grading) and maps will be available in the house
Barga is described as Italy’s smallest and most Scots city. Many former citizens of Barga emigrated to England during hard times and landed in Scotland (often Glasgow) and there they established ice cream and fish and chip shops. The connection is very strong and there is a Scots cultural week in Barga. We have walked there on a Sunday morning listening to the sound of bagpipes.
Barga consists of the new town and then a short drive up the hill is the beautiful ancient walled city. It is very accessible and walkable, full of narrow streets, beautiful buildings, churches and of course cafes and bars.
It always worth checking on events and activities in Barga of which there are many. It is famed for its opera festival, a jazz festival and of course the summer fish and chip festival which takes place over two weeks in the summer.
There is an antique market every month
Lucca is a stunning city requiring a guide book of its own. It is a thirty to forty-minute drive or a train ride from Barga Gallicano Station
It has countless attractions, galleries, museums, churches and is a wonderful place to stroll around as a contrast to the peace and tranquillity of Verni.
You can shop ‘till you drop or take a walk around the entire city upon the beautiful ancient walls. It is a favourite place for the residents of Lucca to walk, chat, sit, dog walk, take a coffee or ride bikes.
The shops close during the midday heat when everyone has lunch and then reopen until eight or nine in the evening when the city comes out to play.
Hiring bikes is a great way to see Lucca.
Of note is the Lucca Summer Festival when musicians of note from around the world play in a beautiful venue. Cat Stevens and Paul McCartney have been named so far for the 2020 festival.
Paid Parking Lucca
Piazza Santa Maria, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Free parking Lucca
Chrono Di Meschi Paladino
Bike Rental Lucca
VILLAGES AND TOWNS
There are many villages and towns worthy of visiting nearby and in the area. A detailed list will be available at the house. Sometimes we just head off into the mountains and go wherever looks interesting always ending up at a café or restaurant, of course.
Nearby is the ‘Parco Battiferro’ at Fornovolasco which is an action and activity park for adults and children. We highly recommend the Canyoning experience a great fun activity for all ages.
Orrido di Botri is a river canyon in a protected area which is opened in the summer. You can walk the beautiful canyon reaching a natural swimming pool. It involves some wading and a bit of climbing. Good to get there early as the numbers of people allowed in are restricted.
There is of course a restaurant outside ‘The Eagles Nest’ and if you are lucky eagles may actually be seen on your walk.
The nearest beaches are about an hour and a half drive away on the Costa Versillia. You can either take the motorway from Lucca or drive across the marble mountains from Castelnuovo. The latter drive is breathtaking in more ways than one. Take time to stop and explore the deserted village of Isola Santa.
There are very few public beaches. The entire coastline is made up of beach clubs, which have been there for many many years.
We have been going to the same club run by the same family for nearly twenty years. The clubs are a bit ‘different’ but we have grown to like them a lot. Each club has beds and shades to rent plus showers toilets and a café bar which is very convenient. There is also a lifeguard. The area we go to is family-friendly with the same families returning every year. People sit on the beach or make a ‘passagiata’ and walk along the beach at the water’s edge.
It is very Italian. The nearby promenade has many restaurants cafes and bars which come alive in the evening when seemingly everyone comes out to wine, dine and walk.
The club we use is called Bagno Ninetta and is located in Lido di Camaiore
Bagno Ninetta, Viale Cristoforo Colombo, 556, 55041 Camaiore LU, Italy
Tel: 0039 0584 618303 (call to book a spot)
If you wish to go more upmarket then a visit to the resort Forte Di Marmi is a must. Take your credit cards to the shops and expect a touch more luxury at the beach clubs.
At La Fontana is a list of all other places that we know of and have experienced. We hope that you will be able to add to our knowledge as well as several guide books.