Our pretty little village of Brandeglio sits above the beautiful Lima river valley in the Garfagnana National Park, 20 miles north of Lucca. This region is characterised by impressive high mountains and fast flowing rivers surging through steep-sided valleys, covered in dense chestnut forests and inhabited by many kinds of wildlife.
The Lima joins the river Serchio at Bagni di Lucca, passing under the famous 13th century "Devil's Bridge" at Borgo a Mozzano on its way past the historic walled city of Lucca and onto the sea.
To cool off on a hot day, there is an excellent swimming pool a short distance away at Bagni di Lucca and you can even take a dip in the Lima river at the bottom of our hill.
The old Roman spa town of Bagni di Lucca is just 15 minutes drive away, and has a wide selection of bars, restaurants, shops and banks with ATMs and a couple of petrol stations.
Ancient thermal baths dating back to Roman times were developed into a spa complex by Napoleon's sister. We offer discounts for all health and beauty treatments booked through us.
Poets such as Shelley, Keats and Byron stayed in Bagni di Lucca and artists love Bagni di Lucca for its crisp, clear light conditions. There is so much to paint and photograph at all times of the year, from bright, sunny summer views through autumn golds to impressive winter snows.
If you like active holidays, this area is a paradise for walkers and cyclists, with established routes and points of interest, some starting right outside our driveway!. In Bagni di Lucca there are tennis courts offering coaching, public swimming baths with amazing views, thermal spas and horse-riding near to our village and mountain bike hire.
The famous hill-town of Barga, long associated with Scotland, is only 40 minutes away along the nearby Garfagnana valley, as are the famous caverns of the Grotto del Vento. The Orrido di Botri is a mysterious series of gorges cut deep into the mountains by water action and there are surreal gorges and magical canyons carved through the Apuane Alpes, also known as the Marble Mountains. This is where Carrera marble is quarried and you can even visit the quarries.
The road up to Brandeglio is a scenic drive in itself. After following the main highway along the dramatic river valley, you turn onto a smaller asphalt road which climbs up a typically Italian winding hill for 10 minutes, weaving its way between acacia woods and chestnut groves, whilst all the time giving fantastic vistas of valleys, mountains and distant villages.
Our village of Brandeglio appears at the hill-top and has spectacular panoramic views of the many surrounding valleys. On the way, you may see porcupines or deer or even wild boar among the trees and eagles and hawks soaring above the trees. In June and July, firelies light up the woods and gardens from early evening.
Our village is what most people think of as a typical Italian hilltop village, with its elaborate 17th century church, shrines, piazza, fountains, narrow cobbled streets and ancient, shuttered houses. There is also a village bar with pizzeria and meal menu.
Castagni d'Oro is situated towards the edge of the village, just 50 metres from the piazza and is accessible by car with driveway parking.