The Garfagnana area is a region unto itself, nestled among the mountains in the province of Lucca, between the Apuan Alps and the Apennine mountains.
A borderland and thoroughfare for those that passed through the valley of the River Serchio seeking a passage towards the Po plain and Northern Europe.
Since the days of the ancient Apuan people and the subsequent conflicts with the Romans, countless populations fought for control over this strategic area and its rich resources. However, at the end of the 19th century, the region was gradually abandoned in a dramatic wave of emigration.
This depopulation trend was inverted, though, as a new wave of people settled the valley bottoms, developing urban centres. Simultaneously, the areas found higher up the Garfagnana valleys, with their lush vegetation and fairy-tale villages, have today become a renowned tourist destination due to the beauty of its unspoilt and sparsely populated landscape.