The Garfagnana and Mid Serchio Valley is a place where nature thrives and climbs the Apuan Alps along old mule tracks, to be explored on foot or by mountain bike. The main historical itineraries overview the passage of time in these undoubtedly charming places that are well-worth a visit. Among them is the Gothic Line itinerary that allows you to step back into the more recent past and visit the places where the Second World War took place.
The Gothic Line was the name given to the German system of fortifications that cut Italy in two: the original route started from Cinquale - a village of Montignoso - crossed Tuscany and bypassed the Apennines to end up in Pesaro. It was not a simple defensive ‘line’, but a series of emplacements, bunkers, tunnels and trenches identified in a strip of territory ranging from 15 to 40 km.
In the Garfagnana and Serchio Valley, there are two different tracks of the Gothic Line: one in the south and one in the north, where the fighting became more intense. The latter is perfect for a total immersion in history, retracing the battles between the Germans and the Allies.