This valley, near to important urban areas like Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Versilia, preserved through time, its history culture and environment. Garfagnana literally means Great Forests and luxuriant forests still today welcome the visitors of this quit part of Tuscany. Chestnut forests planted by man till 1000m of altitude, and beach forests wild and tangled which reach over 1700 meters of altitude. The territory of Garfagnana includes the valley of the river Serchio and it lies between the magnificent ‘marble mountains’ of the Alpi Apuane and the beautiful rolling ‘spine of Italy’, the Apennines. Thanks to its rich traditions, unspoiled places and history, Garfagnana is a paradise for hikers: the hiking trail net is well signed and maintained by CAI (Italian Alpin Club) and the Comunità Montana.