Isola Santa is a very old village, built in the Middle Ages around a lodging for travellers and pilgrims on the banks of the Turrite Secca river. In particular, it was a place for travellers to recover after passing through the Foce di Mosceta, a road between Versilia and Garfagnana.
In 1950, the construction of a hydroelectric power station forced the inhabitants to leave their homes. But, years after, the old inhabitants decided to get back to the village and to restore its ancient beauty: in the 2000s, a renovation project brought life again on the shores of the lake. Despite that, Isola Santa remains today almost a ghost town where the houses are empty and where just trout fishermen and sporadic travellers pass by. Even if this place is off the tourists' paths, it is a village that seems to be made on the purpose to take pictures or to be painted.
Going there, visit the Church of San Jacopo (built in 1260 as a lodging for pilgrims) and start a beautiful hike towards the peaks of the Apuan Alps.