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Stroll along the winding streets of this lovely hilltop town to explore historic attractions and embrace its surprisingly lively atmosphere. 

Barga exudes a perfect balance between urban sophistication and small-town charm. Its steep streets are lined with beautiful stone houses, workshops and churches alongside unexpectedly chic restaurants and cafés.

Barga rose to prominence during the Middle Ages, when it became known for producing fine silks. From the 14th century, the Republic of Florence ruled the city for more than 500 years and had a profound influence on Barga’s art, language and architecture.

Go for a walk in the quaint historic center, admiring elegant homes built by wealthy merchants between the 15th and 17th centuries. Choose one of the many restaurants found along Via di Mezzo and try a local dish, such as stinco di maiale (pork shin).

See the town’s most famous attraction, the Duomo di San Cristoforo. Built between the 9th and 15th centuries, this gorgeous Romanesque cathedral is made of a local white limestone called alberese. Take a look inside, keeping an eye out for a 12th century pulpit as well as a wooden sculpture of the town’s patron, St. Christopher. Don’t miss the picturesque views of the Tuscan mountains visible from the terrace outside.

Explore the Museo Civico del Territorio di Barga, which is home to an interesting collection of geological artifacts. Housed in a former prison, this museum traces the town’s history from prehistoric times to the 17th century.

Admire the elegant cloisters and gardens of Conservatorio of San Elisabetta. This historic convent also encompasses a small church, where you can see a number of valuable 17th-century paintings and a 13th-century cross.

Barga is also an ideal base for excursions to the Grotto del Vento, which is about 9 miles (14 kilometers) away. Sign up for a guided tour of this cave’s underground lakes and eerie rock formations.

Summer is one of the best times of year to visit Barga, when the city hosts two exceptional music festivals: Opera Barga and Barga Jazz. Barga is well connected to Pisa and Lucca by bus and train.

Top hotels in Barga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Pascoli, Castelvecchio Pascoli, Barga, LU
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Located in the mountains, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Apuan Alps, Parco Levigliese, and Santuario Mariano Eremo di Calomini. Parco del ...

4.3/5Excellent! (127 reviews)

"Great staff, excellent room, the only blemish was the room temperature which was too high and impossible to control. Room service was fast and courteous."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Hotel La Pergola
Hotel La Pergola
3 out of 5
Via S. Antonio 1, Barga, LU
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
per night
31 Mar-1 Apr

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Apuan Alps, Parco Levigliese and Santuario Mariano Eremo di Calomini. Parco del ...

4.4/5Excellent! (31 reviews)

"Great central position close to town centre. Good sized room very clean with a balcony. Staff were very helpful and attentive. Free available parking was a real bonus. We would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Hotel La Pergola
Hotel Alpino
Hotel Alpino
3 out of 5
VIALE G. PASCOLI, 41, Barga, Lucca

Situated in Barga, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Parco Levigliese, Apuan Alps and Santuario Mariano Eremo di Calomini. Parco del Levigliese and Tana ...

3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
Barga vaut le détour

"Pour un séjour de quelques jours à Barga, une très belle ville de Toscane avec un festival de jazz intéressant. la vieille ville vaut vraiment le détour. L’hôtel est situé à deux cents mètres de la vieille ville, sur une place vivante et agréable. La chambre au dernier étage était grande, mais avec ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2018

Hotel Alpino

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Piazza Napoleone
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Corno alle Scale
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Corno alle Scale

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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

4.5/5(109 reviews)

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Massaciuccoli Lake
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Massaciuccoli Lake

4/5(1 review)

Near the one-time home and hunting grounds of the composer Puccini , this lake is at the center of a rich diversity of wetland vegetation and spectacular views.

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22 Apr 2019

Love everything about Barga ! It’s a beautiful small Tuscan hill town with both a very old side ,where we always stay , and a ‘new town’ a few minutes walk away. It’s towered over by the Duomo with amazing views and has great places to eat and drink