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From Garfagnana to Lucchesia: spotlighting local flavors and traditions

A top spot for foodies and nature-lovers

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A trip around Lucca and its surrounding area offers an amazing opportunity to try some of Tuscany’s most genuine delicacies. Foodies won’t want to miss the chance to sample specialties like Altopascio’s bread, Montecarlo’s wine and Fosciandora’s chestnuts. At Montecarlo’s ‘New wine and Oil Festival’ the historical center hosts food and wine stands featuring all the flavors of autumn. In November, Altopascio spotlights its local bread-making traditions, centered around unique recipes and old-time techniques. At Fosciandora’s Chestnut Festival, guests can try traditional flavors and learn more about ancient trades.

Local towns often sponsor nature excursions where visitors can explore the Garfagnana Mountains and the hills overlooking Camaiore, or take a leisurely bike-ride along the river. At the famed festival The oil and treasures of Lucca, visitors and locals can learn more about the landscape and its harvesting traditions. Those who wish to spend the day in the Great Outdoors are gearing up to participate in the Garfagnana Walking Festival. Whether on foot, by bike or on horse-back, you won’t want to miss the chance to see some of valley’s most evocative sights.