Have you ever heard about Barga? If not, hop in your car and head over there now! This Tuscan hidden gem is a medieval town nestled in the heart of the Serchio Valley, the main town of the “Media Valle” (mid-valley) in the province of Lucca. Barga is located in the Tuscan-Apennine hills at 410 meters above sea level, dominated by the Pania della Croce, a mountain in the Apuan Alps. For its historical, artistic and touristic importance, Barga has received several awards, including "One of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy," "Orange Flag Touring Club" and "Cittaslow," all leading standards in the tourism industry.
Barga boasts many ancient traditions dating to the early-medieval Longobard era (6th-8th centuries), as also noted in the town's layout, which has remained virtually unchanged since then. Narrow streets interweave the irregular-shaped buildings in a web-like form. In the Middle Ages, Lucca and Pisa fought extensively over control of the flourishing town and its surrounding territory. Florentines also battled for the dominion of Barga, which later passed to the Duchy and Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Barga, located in the province of Lucca, is located 35 km north of the province's namesake. To get there by train, the closest train station is 5 km from town in Gallicano. You'll find trains from the majority of major towns in the provinces of Lucca and Pisa; from other Tuscan towns, you'll probably have to change two or more trains to reach Barga. To reach town by bus, you'll find a direct service operated by Lazzi Company, which takes you from Pisa Centrale to Lucca (piazza Verdi) and then directly to Barga (the stop, Fosso, is just outside the medieval gates). The easiest way to reach Barga is by car, but keep in mind that you can't drive into town and will have to park outside the main gates. The best way to visit Barga's center is on foot.