The house was my grandmother's and has recently been fully refurbished so that each floor can be independently occupied by three to six people. It is ideal for family reunions since it affords privacy when necessary.
Marble flooring throughout means that the house remains cool even during the hottest summer. All windows are double glazed and feature traditional green shutters. There are two beautiful verandas (with awnings) suitable for dining or sunbathing.
The bedrooms are decorated with tasteful antiques and either double or single beds may be requested. A child's crib is available on request. Be assured that all mattresses and bedding are new! Several of the bedrooms feature dramatically painted ceilings.
The property also features two smaller apartments (behind the main house). These each feature two bedrooms, a shower, and a small kitchen. There is a driveway large enough for two to three vehicles.
The villa and annex are situated on a wide avenue a one minute walk from the 'Giardino' area of Barga, where a supermarket, cinema, shops and restaurants are located. In less than five minutes you can enter the walled Medieval 'Centro Storico' where opera and jazz festivals occur every summer and where an antique market is also a frequent occurrence.
Almost every night of the week, during the summer months, live music and food festivals occur, either in Barga or in a nearby town. The food is superb, fine wines are served and the entertainment is suitable for young and old alike.
If you continue walking up the road for ten to twenty minutes you will soon find yourself amongst the beautiful Garfagnana mountains with its many trekking routes suitable for walking or mountain biking. Within driving distance is the Grotto del Vento, with its magnificent tour of underground caverns.
A swimming pool is also within walking distance, as are tennis courts and horse riding stables. There is a fully equipped park for children. For the less athletic the town offers a library with a good selection of English books and magazines.
Barga is well served by regular bus service to nearby places of interest: Bagni di Lucca with its famous spas, Castelnuovo, a nearby walled city with a popular weekly market and Lucca with its famous grass-ringed road atop its uninterrupted walls.
During the summer months a bus departs each morning for the beach resort of Viareggio, returning later in the day or evening. The Versilian Coast Resorts of Viareggio, Forte di Marmi and Lido di Camaiore are within easy driving distance. Spectacular twisty roads take you high into areas where the famous Carrara marble is still being excavated. The less adventurous can take the expressway to the beach although they may encounter heavy traffic during the month of August. The Versilian coast also offers much in the way of nightlife and cultural activities.
There is a train station at Barga-Gallicano which features direct service to Lucca, Pisa and the Cinque Terre region. Connections can be made in Lucca for Florence, Venice, Bologna, etc.
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We rented the Taverna and the ground floor apartment opposite. For the 7 members of the family this was ideal and very safe for the children. The accommodation was very cool, clean and had all the amenities we needed for a stay with children. Maria was extraordinarily kind and helpful, full of suggestions for trips, including a sagra, and everything we asked for, maps,hairdryer, lamps, balls[ children] was provided. We could not have been better looked after; we would love to return.Barga is a wonderful place and a good base for exploring Tuscany.
We loved Bella Barga!! Maria was so helpful. She provided us w/ verbal and written information on many local places. She made great suggestions for places to eat. She even invited us to go to evening outings w/ her! We felt like we were with family. Breakfast was delicious! She made special food just for us! The bedroom was large, the bathroom was spacious. We were able to do laundry, which was a plus! The house is so convenient to everything in Barga!
We have holidayed in Barga every year for over 30 years now, we brought our children and now bring our grandchildren too!. We lived in the partments behind the main house which was ideal for us as our son, wife and children had the ground floor and we had the upper apartment. The accommodation is really handy to walk into Barga for meals, etc. We found Maria to be most helpful and very complimentary towards us and the family. We would certainly hope to return to this accommodation in the future and would recommend it to anyone. We have rented accommodation in many places in Barga and have found this one to be ideal for us.
October 18, 2009
Just completed a week (7 of us) at Bella Barga and
had a great time. There was plenty of room for all
of us and wonderful shared meals in the tavern
kitchen. Maria was very helpful in choosing a
restaurant for a first night birthday dinner for one
of the gang. We all enjoyed beautiful Barga and the
surrounds. Local food was great as well as
wonderful local hikes. (Thanks to Reggie, too!)
What an amazing July we spent in Barga. The town
was the perfect location and the accommodations
matched. Our 17 month old had plenty of room to
play. Great food and fun festivals. The welcome was
very warm and Maria and Mum were very helpful
with our needs. A great value for the perfect
location in Tuscany. Highly recommended
Our stay at "La Bella Barga" was the highlight
of our trip, and YES, we would love to return. Everything was perfect - the
accommodations, the meals, the simplicity & beauty of Barga..... I sit here
and shake my head ... it was like a fairy tale, and we were very fortunate
to have lived it