In Garfagnana, there is a small but enchanting sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna della Guardia di Colle Argegna. This precious piece of history harks back to the pilgrims from the three surrounding slopes (Serchio, Magra and Secchia). The same can be seen at the Ospizio di San Nicolao at the Tea passage that used by pilgrims and merchants. From here you pass along a stretch of the Via Francigena that passes through Garfagnana as it runs from Lunigiana to Lucca. Here we find centuries of history in a landscape of gently rolling hills, fields and pastures criss-crossed by hedgerows, all among the Serchio and Aulella valleys.
The itinerary that we suggest here covers untouched countryside and the culture of Garfagnana: an oasis of paradise in the Tuscan Apennines that is home to hermitages, castles and the Via Francigena.