From Lucca, the road to Garfagnana passes through the Serchio Valley, from Borgo a Mozzano, where you can stop and marvel at the Devil’s Bridge. Legend says Satan himself built it, in return asking for the soul of the first person to cross the bridge, but was tricked by villagers who sent an animal across.
Today, with its series of rounded arches, it is one of Italy’s most unique bridges and absolutely worth visiting.
Dedicate your day to seeing Barga: the spectacular medieval town set against the Apuan Alps, perfect for a stroll through ancient streets that take you to a cathedral built more than a thousand years ago, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the valley and mountains.
Something you just can’t miss is a taste of local Garfagnana food products, such as the famous farro (barley), porcini mushrooms or dishes made with chestnut flour (used to make desserts such as the Castagnaccio), not to mention Biroldo, a blood sausage produced only in this area.