Things to do
If you like the great outdoors, you will love the Garfagnana which is a fantastic area for walking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding and wild swimming. Greener than southern Tuscany, it is an enchanting region of river valleys, waterfalls and woods.
Florence, Lucca and Pisa are all within easy reach for days out, either by car or by train, and the beautiful coastline of the Cinque Terre is also worth a day trip.
The small, friendly town of Castelnuovo, an easy walk from the apartments, has an open-air public swimming pool, a charming theatre, a cinema and a weekly market on Thursdays. The town holds an eight-day festival celebrating local produce every September and marks the feast day of its patron saint, St Peter, on June 29. Carnival in February and the Feast of the Assumption (Ferragosto) on August 14 are also celebrated.