Last week we visited the mountainous Garfagnana region of Northern Tuscany for a foodie tour with Sapori e Saperi and promptly fell in love – especially with the hill town Barga.
Barga tumbles down a hillside, a winding maze of narrow cobblestone streets and pastel coloured houses. Shuttered windows are framed by colourful flowers while street lamps and wooden doors haven’t changed in centuries. It’s unbelievably cute, yet sees far less tourists than the Tuscany heavyweights Florence, Siena and Pisa.
As in Siena the best views are from above so we wound our way up to the top of the town to visit the Duomo (cathedral). You can visit the church for free but the real highlight for us was the magnificent views from the terrace of Barga’s terracotta roofs and the mountains beyond. It’s no wonder that this is a popular spot for artists who sat drawing and painting the scene.
We’ll be writing more about the glorious Garfagnana and our gastronomic adventure in the coming weeks.