The Destination

Il Ciocco’s Living Mountain is located in northern Tuscany, in the heart of the Serchio Valley, bordering the Garfagnana – the green lung of the region – just a few minutes from the medieval town of Barga.

The surrounding valley contains everything you need to let go and lose your sense of time. There is the water of the River Serchio and numerous lakes that suddenly come into view and broaden the horizon to infinity. There are pristine gorges and underground worlds (from the Orrido di Botri to the Grotta del Vento). There is the soft outline of the Tuscan Apennines and the more jagged peaks of the Apuan Alps.

There are centuries of history that have left an indelible mark, including the Romanesque Cathedral and the Medici palaces in Barga, a dense network of ancient fortresses and castles perched on the hillsides (from the Verrucole Fortress to that of Mont'Alfonso in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana). There are small villages, custodians of ancient memories where legends and traditions merge. There are artisan shops, where production continues in the same way as in the past, and there are the recipes and flavours of authentic local cuisine.

Experiences and emotions that touch the heart, embodying these places better than words or photographs ever could.

Every visit here is unique.

Distances from Tuscany airports and man tourist destinations:

  • Lucca 40 km

  • Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and Versilia 60km circa

  • Le Cinque Terre 105km

  • Aeroporto Internazionale di Pisa “Galileo Galilei” 75km
  • Aeroporto Internazionale di Firenze Peretola “Amerigo Vespucci” 105km


Recognised as ‘One of the most beautiful villages in Italy’ and located in the heart of the Serchio Valley, Barga is the adopted home of Giovanni Pascoli: at the foot of Il Ciocco’s Living Mountain you can visit the poet's Casa Museo museum). 

The doors of the castle, the Teatro dei Dierenti theatre, the conservatory of Santa Elisabetta and the cathedral of San Cristoforo are among the buildings in the historic old town, commonly called "Barga Vecchia", all of which are certainly worth a visit.

The town is also the backdrop to important internationally renowned music events: outdoor concerts and performances directed by great masters are regularly held here.

Crossed by historic CAI (Italian Alpine Club) trails, the town’s surroundings offer unforgettable views of the valley below, and it is on Barghigiana Mountain, in Pegnana, that the Befana (the kind old lady who brings children gifts at Epiphany) has had her official residence since 2004!

Distance: 4km | Coordinates: 44°04’30”N 10°28’50”E 


Of ancient origin and already fortified in Roman times, Lucca is a world-renowned city of art and culture. A precious set of monuments protected by the tree-lined circle – the Renaissance city walls, and the only walls still standing in Europe that feature a promenade.

Distance: 40km | Coordinates: 44°04’30”N 10°28’50”E 

Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and Versilia

An immense beach with fine golden sand, wide avenues lined with shops and Art Nouveau buildings and a lively nightlife scene with discos directly overlooking the sea.

In February, be sure not to miss the spectacular masked parades of the Viareggio Carnival.

Distance: about 60km | Coordinates: 44°04’30”N 10°28’50”E 


Pisa, the Leaning Tower and the spectacular Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a large grass field frames the white marble of timeless buildings. Pisa and the magical atmosphere of a walk on the Lungarni at sunset are an absolute must.

Pisa is home to the Galileo Galilei International Airport.

Distance: 75km | Coordinates: 44°04’30”N 10°28’50”E 


The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is home to some of the most famous museums in the world.

Art, culture and architecture merge with centuries-old markets, a cuisine with distinctive flavours, and the goldsmiths and artisan shops of Ponte Vecchio.

Florence is home to the Amerigo Vespucci International Airport,

Distance: 105km | Coordinates: 44°04’30”N 10°28’50”E 

Cinque Terre

A jagged stretch of coastline of the Ligurian Riviera di Levante where land and sea merge in a landscape of unparalleled beauty: five ancient villages with colourful houses overlooking sheer drops straight into the sea, green vineyards built on steep terraces, and characteristic small harbours with fairy-tale atmospheres.

Distance: 105km | Coordinates: 44°04’30”N 10°28’50”E