Not far from Bagni di Lucca is the lovely hilltop town of Ghivizzano. At the gateway to the magnificent Garfagnana, the town dates back to the 900s.
The town is dominated by the castle on top of the hill. The arched entrance at lower end of town takes you through covered alleyways and through winding cobblestone streets up to the church and castle.
Of course, the views are beautiful from the high position.
We wandered slowly upwards.
We were there on the day of a festival in the courtyard in front of the castle…a perfect place to hold an archery competition in full costume.
It is possible to climb the tower at the castle, so of course we did.
Keep an eye out for festivals at Ghivizzano. The castle is a great venue and it really gives you an idea of life in different times.