One of the places to visit while in Garfagnana is the Verrucole Fortress in the village of San Romano. Although the climb is a little bit tough it;s worth it as the view from the top is spectacular.
The fortress was built in the 11th-12th century by the Gherardinghi family for military purposes to defend the town against attacks. The interior of the fortress is now open to the public thanks to the Archeopark project created to reproduce the living conditions of the human settlement from the end of the 13th century.
There are people dressed with costumes who explain how it was to live in a castle in the medieval times and give a small guided tour of the facilities around.
In the kitchen of the castle you can learn how to make a fire with stones as well as a cremaillere, an iron device with notches or teeth used to adjust the fire. This mechanism allowed the user to put the pot further or closer to the fire.
You can try on armor and a medieval helmet and feel the weight of such items. Can you imagine what it was like to move or walk wearing an armor?