Piazza al Serchio is located along the Via del Volto Santo, that departs from Pontremoli and crosses Tuscany to reach Lucca. It takes in Lunigiana and Garfagnana and the Mid Serchio Valley, until it reaches the wooden statue of the Holy Face, kept in the Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca.
Heading south-east from the village, you reach the small town of Verrucole, where you can see the Verrucole Fortress, an important medieval site built by the Gherardini family in the 11th-12th century. In addition to being a beautiful viewpoint over the Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps, it's also the perfect destination for a trip with children, due to the living museum set up inside.
Near Piazza al Serchio is the village of Camporgiano with its Civic Collection of Renaissance Ceramics, exhibited in the main tower of the Este fortress. In the museum, there are ceramics from the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries that give evidence of the dominion of the Este family in Garfagnana.
The Orecchiella Park, with its magnificent forests of beech, chestnut and fir trees, is an important State Nature Reserve equipped with trails for trekking (also suitable for those with disabilities and families with small children), for mountain bike excursions and for horseback riding. The Visitor Center is located in San Romano in Garfagnana, where you'll also find the Naturalistic Museum and the Museum of Birds of Prey, as well as the garden of mountain flowers.
The park also includes the Pania di Corfino Nature Reserve, a limestone massif that houses a Botanical Garden with a collection of local species.