Originally settled by the Ligurians in the 3rd Century BC with a church which dates back to the 8th century, Tereglio was fortified during the mid 10th Century. As an important defensive position for the Garfagnana the village was built up along the the mountain ridge and has stunning views across the mountains at 1800ft.
There are local shops incuding a post office, butcher, well stocked hardware shop and a deli selling local produce . Good value, traditional restaurants include ‘La Crepa’ which has a bar and is near to Casa Artista on Via Bolla. ‘Da Michele’ is on the road towards Lucignana.
Ristorante Da Michele
32 Localita’ Campogno, Tereglio, LU 55025
+39 0583 762109
Bagni di Lucca
Spa town and one of the oldest European health resorts, famous for it’s health-giving springs attracting poets, artists and celebrities from renaissance times to british romantic poets like Byron and Shelley. Bagni di Lucca is a charming small town with plenty of history including the first casino in Europe. A relaxed beauty still remains alongside bars, restaurants and shops, three supermarkets, a popular Saturday market, tennis courts and a large open air swimming pool.
Walled town with an impressive 12th century cathedral, rich in history and full of small piazzas, stylish shops and galleries.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
The town of Castelnuovo is the capital town of the Garfagnana region and throughout the summer there are many cultural events.
The closest city is Lucca, which is off the beaten track enough to avoid the large tourist crowds. There is a fantastic walled centre, which is practically pedestrianised and most people use bicycles to get around. The circular walls, built to protect the city from Florentine invaders are 30 meters wide and 12 meters high, allowing you to walk or cycle around the outside or enjoy a picnic.This is the city with 100 churches, friendly locals, fantastic shopping, superb dining, antique markets and many art and music events, including an international graphics arts festival, Puccini opera festival and a summer music festival. This charming small city offers a relaxed pace of life but always delivers on fun.
Pisa is a welcoming and lively city with large student population who organize parties, shows, and cultural events, and fill the central street of the city at night. The river Arno runs through the centre of town and the bridges and riverside offer a stunning setting. There are many hidden beautiful sights beside the world famous leaning tower, which is one of a trio of architectural splendours on the green carpet of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Come to enjoy a popular city and have a drink in one of the bustling squares or by the river.
Florence is a fascinating artistic hub and fashionable city with lots to discover. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. There are over 80 museums and art galleries full of revolutionary creations, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace. Alongside this tradition, an innovative contemporary art scene thrives with galleries using ancient architectural gems for exhibition space. Experience fantastic food and famous shopping including antique markets, artisan producers and designer shops. To get a great overview of the city, climb the Duomo or head for Piazzale Michelangelo, a hill on the outskirts of this energetic and majestic city.
Tereglio lies at the beggining of a walking path (number 9) which connects to many others in this mountainous region. It is possible to take short circular walks which quickly take you up to great hights within the Orrido di Botri Natural Reserve, or longer trips up into the peaks of the lower Appenines. You can also drive up into the mountains for some way and start your walk from further up.
Known as the canyon of Tuscany, the Orrido di Botri is a stunning group of gorges and one of the most appreciated naturalistic zones of Tuscany. It’s easy to access from Casa A rtista and well worth a visit. To walk the path which takes you through the gorge, you need to be acompanied by an authorised guide who will provide helmets ( €2) walks start from Ponte a Gaio at the entrance to the reserve.
Skiing at the resort of Abetone and snowparks for borders at Mt Cimone are just over an hours drive away.