Cascading from the peak of a steep hillside to the Serchio River below, Barga is a patchwork of peach and cream houses, set beneath a dramatic 11th-century cathedral. With a history stretching more than a thousand years into the past, and an array of medieval sights, Barga is a hidden gem of the Tuscan countryside and well worth a visit.
The town’s unique beauty has recently seen it named an Orange Flag destination – an accolade that puts it among the best of Italy’s small towns. Despite its small size, the town plays host to numerous annual events, including the popular Barga Jazz festival. There are plenty of beautiful walks to enjoy locally, and the surrounding landscape ranks as one of the most scenic locations found in Italy. If you fancy exploring a little further, beautiful Lucca is just over an hour's drive away.
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The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA). Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours.
When to go
Tuscany is predominantly a summer destination, with the main tourist season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, this is also when Tuscany is at its busiest. However, Tuscany also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. The coast has wonderful sea breezes and the hilltop towns are much cooler than the lower countryside villages. The best time to visit is during the quieter season, from April to June and September to October when the weather is good, prices are a bit lower and there are fewer crowds. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Tuscany and Easter and Christmas are always busy.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
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