Finally, along the Pradarena Pass in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, we can reach Emilia-Romagna, or more specifically, Reggio Emilia. The pass was already known and used in Roman times and a road passed through it that connected Garfagnana with the Po Valley. Every summer around August 15th, the Pradarena festival is celebrated: in the morning there is a short mass at the edge of the forest, while in the afternoon stalls with stands and typical local products of Emilia and Tuscany are displayed.
To reach Modena, you cross the Radici di San Pellegrino in Alpe Pass, a place of great spirituality. In fact, San Pellegrino in Alpe was founded on the remains of Saint Pellegrino. Legend has it that the young son of the king of Scotland gave up the crown and began a long pilgrimage through Europe, reaching the forests in the Alps by divine order. Here, together with a hermit, Saint Pellegrino offered hospitality to travelers who traveled the ancient Bibulca and Vandelli streets. Still today, San Pellegrino in Alpe is a destination for pilgrimages. It can also be reached from Barga, travelling along the historic road that passes through the town of Renaio. Officially, Barga is among the most beautiful villages in Italy, so a walk in the extraordinary historic center is a must.
The more adventurous can also reach the Emilian city from the Valico di Foce in Giovo between Bagni di Lucca and Coreglia Antelminelli. An off-road route is necessary to cover most of the way. Coreglia, like Barga, is officially one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is home to the Rocca, the historic residence of Castruccio Castracani, the Emigration and Plaster Figurines museum, and the historic Palazzo del Forte as well as several noble houses from the Castruccio era.