Barga is rated as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. And rightly so. The town itself is a gem of quaint winding streets, and the views from the cathedral are stunning. The first time I saw it, it reminded me of the view from San Gimignano (Siena), although more dramatic, overlooking hills, olives, and cypresses all the way to the high mountains.
The medieval atmosphere is evident as soon as one enters though the ancient portal of the village.
Barga is well known for its historical Scottish connection, which continues to bring many British people to visit, and to live here as well. In fact there are several British or Celtic style shops and pubs.
We are always very happy to drive a few minutes to Barga, to enjoy its quaint shops, well known restaurants, the amazing views, and some of the events that they organise throughout the year (The Chocolate festival, Fish and Chips festival, etc…).