Like the peaceful climate and children going to school
Getting stuck in the "Lift" of the hotel
If you go, you'll stay long
Walking the streets of Barga you will find some great shops, great snack foods, and lots of window shopping. However, to do this, you must walk up....as the streets are really narrow and only the locals can drive on them. So you start at the bottom, there is a nice parking lot located near the center where you can leave your car.Hit the bakery...more
Barga is located on a hill, like what seems like every village in tuscany! the best way to explore it is to leave the car and walk along its cobblestones streets up to the top where the cathedral is.It is a long walk and very steep in some parts so I would not suggest it to people with walk disabilities but it is very enjoyable. Make sure you wear...more
The area around Barga is spectacular and perfect for walking (or hiking). You can try to find the paths yourself but there are regular guided walking trips with walks out of Barga. Try the CAI or Tuscanywalking.com.One lovely walk is one to the historic village of Sommocolonia which looks down on Barga. There isn't a bar in Sommocolonia so if you...more
This was the place where Giovanni Pascoli recited poetry here for years and lived in the town. He gave a famous speech about the war in 1911. It has been used as an opera house since 1690 and Madam Butterfly debuted here in 1904. The building was constructed beginning in 1668 and operated until 1785, when the Duke believed it was too small to...more
This town is on top of a hill that allows you to look all around and take in the terrain of the valleys and hills. Around Bara a little villages like Albiano, Ciocco, Castelvecchio Pascoli and Bugliano. All can be visible from Barga which is on one of the higher hill ranges at 1370 feet. Below is the Serchio valley and river. It was founded by the...more
The main features inside are the pulpit made of red and white marble with the lion statues and one where a man is supporting another of the red columns that are holding up the pulpit, made by Guiodo Bigiarelli da Como, and a wooden figure of St. Christoforo in the choir box surrounded by the pipes for the organ. That carving is 3 1/2 meters...more
These are for casual reference in order to show the layout. The apparent main port entry is Fornaci di BArga, and you go through the arched stone, but the tourist entrance may be Porto REale, where the parking lot is located. It is at the foothills of the Apuan Alps and the views are great. The winding road climb to get there is a trip besides.more
Housed in a building that looks like it may have been one of the original structures in the village, it is a real secret of finds. The features are from Paleo times through current day archaeological periods. It is extensive, but seems to have a little space form the outside. You can find out how you got into life as it exists today and the glacial...more
It is at the top of the village. The walk is nice and the streets nearly deserted. It does take a while to get to the duomo. It was built first in 10th century and added over time of four hundred years to current state and size. Inside it is serene with a dark interior and lions supporting an pulpit said to be designed by Guido Bigeralli in 13th...more
The streets of pretty quite and you can walk around and enjoy the various winding streets. Yes, you can get lost, or better known as misdirected. Keep looking for the Duomo steep tower for benchmark to that elusive top of the high hill. Barga has cobbled lanes and quaint homes hanging into the streets. The incredible location at the fringe of the...more
The area around Barga is known as the Garfagnana. This area is north of Lucca.While driving toward Barga, we were astonished at how beautiful the natural scenery is. There are mountains (Orecchiella mountains and the Alpi Apuane), beautiful rivers, lush forests (Parco dell'Orecchiella and the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Apuane), and rolling...more
This bakery is in the lower part of the town, in Piazzale Matteotti where there is a small parking lot. It has a outdoor seating area with awnings and tables and a lot more table inside.They seems to have every bakery item you can think at! Their cappuccino and croissant were absolutely fantastic and they also had a big selection of chocolate...more
This Restaurante is up the road from Barga about 13 minutes. The area where it sits is a sportsman's park where they practice skeet shooting, etc. Do not let this fool you, the restorante takes really good care of these sportsmen and others by presenting good food, and moderate prices in a pleasant and warm atmosphere. We were driving in the...more
One night we ate at the restaurant at Hotel Alpino. It is noted for its excellent wine list (it has a huge wine cellar); it is also famous for the local and Tuscan dishes. The owner is really proud of his cantina because he has wines from Tuscany and all the rest of Italy. He also points out that he goes to great trouble to adapt the wine list to...more
There is a parking lot that is free of charge just outside the Porto Reale entrance to the old part of the town. Ample spaces were available when we were there, but that was after tourist season, even though I do not think this town gets a lot of the usual traffic of people as compared to some other cities. If you tried to park going further into...more
I think most people that come to Barga stay up the mountain at Il Ciocco. I'm glad I was able to hitch, because the taxi that the hotel arranges for guests is about 20 euros! Maybe if one is staying there they don't care. It is a lovely place and I was fortunate enough to be crasihng with a friend staying there on business!more
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We were surprised at how sophisticated the shops in Barga were...not "trinkets" or tourist gimmicks; rather, nice shops for the locals and tourist who value good quality.
Allan purchased a pair of beautiful leather sandals and a leather belt. Allan is still wearing the sandals, and he has had people here in the USA stop him (complete strangers) and ask where he bought them. When we go back to Italy, his boss has requested a pair!
Don't have a picture of the shop or of the sandals, but I do have one of the guy who purchased them, standing above a part of Barga (Duomo below).
What to buy: The best items to purchase in Barga (as far as we know) are Leather goods,
Hand embroidery items such as table clothes,
and fresh flowers!
What to pay: For Shoes, the equivalent of $40-50 American Dollars
Barga has several traditional food, based on the period of the year of Holy festivals. I.e., try the Befana biscuit for Christmas, made with pasta frolla and hazelnuts,,, delicious or in Easter the Pasimata cake, sort of spring panettone... but better ! Or for Carnival the cenci fritti, ugly but delicious sort of fried biscuit made with a light flour and sugar. In autumn the mondine, chestnuts roasted on live fire together with a glass of vin brulé, wine aromathised with spices... cures any cold ! And in summer the traditional 2 weeks of food and music festival in the old centre, where wine flows up to late night and youngsters makes their way allnight long...
The roman aquaduct is behind the town.
Ask a local and they'll direct you to it.
The aquaduct is perfectly in tact, really
amazing. I came across it purely by