Set your GPS: Pistoia, Le Piastre, San Marcello Pistoiese, Abetone, Pievepelago, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Corfino, Sillano, Busana, Fivizzano, Licciana Nardi, Corniglio, Montelungo Superiore, Pontremoli.
We leave from Pistoia with its beautiful Piazza del Duomo and Campanile, Battistero, Palazzo dei Vescovi, Palazzo Pretorio, Palazzo di Giano, all of them lined up and postcard perfect. Don't miss the neighboring vegetable and fruit market or the marble well, known as the Leoncino. Two great events in Pistoia: Pistoia Blues (July) and Giostra dell'Orso (July).
We leave Pistoia along the SR66, which is nice, with lots of S curves! In Le Piastre there's the odd Italian Championship of Lies in July and farther on you can visit the Ghiacciaia della Madonnina, an ancient refrigerator for when ice was a commodity. Follow the Reno river but but careful, here comes the Pass!
Pit stop in San Marcello Pistoiese where you can enjoy “necci con la ricotta” (crepes made from chestnut flour), and then the mountain roads begin.