Casa Fontana Bed and Breakfast, Barga

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You can book direct online at: 2015 : we are not listed by online agencies. Please do NOT book through Booking.com, Lastminute.com etc as we may not be able to accept your booking.

We are delighted that we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the 4th Year running. Thanks to all our guests who have written great reviews of Casa Fontana.

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Casa Fontana

Casa Fontana, an historic 18th Century town house, within the mediaeval Barga Vecchia, close to one of the ancient gates to the walled city, has been renovated by a Scottish Architect, to provide a comfortable family Pensione (B&B), with modern facilities and a sunny walled garden.

There are 6 double bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms or private bathrooms. All have beautiful views over the old town to the mountains beyond; two have balconies. All the rooms have chestnut beam and terracotta tiled ceilings, tiled floors and shuttered windows. Cool crisp white bedlinen promises comfortable nights. All rooms have central heating. There is a small sitting room with a selection of books and magazines.

The cantina (wine cellar) has been renovated to provide a bright, airy breakfast room with chestnut beamed ceiling and glass doors leading across to the private walled garden which provides an ideal setting for a leisurely evening drink or al-fresco meal. Traditional Tuscan Breakfasts including freshly baked bread, local prosciutto, cheeses and fruit is served in the cantina or may be taken in the walled garden. Packed lunches can be provided. Sorry, but smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house or garden.

We are listed on Trip Advisor, a completely independent website with reports written by previous visitors. You can read what previous guests have to say about Barga and about Casa Fontana

Conferences

Il Ciocco hotel and conference centre is about 7km from Barga. There are frequent international conferences held there. If you are attending a conference but would prefer to stay in the heart of the old town, we can arrange daily transport to and from Il Ciocco. Contact us for details using our booking enquiry form.

Giro d'Italia 2015

Giro d'Italia comes to Barga 2015 The famous international cycle race, the Giro d'Italia will pass through Barga on the 13th May 2015. The fifth stage starts at la Spezia and passes down the Garfagnana valley to Ponte di Campia where it branches off to Castelvecchio Pascoli before passing through the centre of Barga Giardino before dropping down through Loppia and back down the valley. The stage ends after a long, winding climb up to the ski resort of Abetone in the Appenines above Barga. This will be a huge occasion for Barga as the Giro is the biggest event in the national sporting calendar.

Festival Bel Canto Barga

The return of the very successful Bel Canto in Barga festival has just been announced for summer 2015. From the 3rd to the 13thSeptember in Piazza Angelio there will be a programme of music including Puccini, Verdi, Neapolitan songs and a Musical Theatre Gala. For details of the programme go to www.BelCantoinBarga.com

Opera Barga For information about the programme for 2015 go to Opera Barga

Barga Jazz Festival

The Barga Jazz festival is during the last week of August every year. This year the Guest Of Honour will be British Pianist John Taylor, who will present on the 27th August, with the Barga Jazz Orchestra, his Project, "John plays Paul", based on the music of Paul McCartney. John Taylor's work will form the basis for the annual Composition and Arrangement Competition which precedes the BargaJazz Festival, which will commence as usual with a number of open air concerts before the official Festival begins on the 18th August with concerts every night until the 29th, in the centro storico, either in Piazza Angelio or in the Teatro dei Differenti. On Sunday 23rd August will be "Barga in Jazz" a day of music with jazz/blues bands in all the piazzas. For more details go to: BargaJazz

Casa Fontana is an ideal centre for all types of activity holidays: walking, hiking, painting, cooking, language courses, and many more.

For more details or for direct online booking, contact us at 2015

Please do not book through online agents such as Booking.com, Agoda etc as we may not be able to accept those bookings.

or write to us at: Casa Fontana B&B, via di Mezzo 77, Barga (LU) 55051 Italia

Phone: (0039) 3496842721 (mobile NOT for bookings)

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Barga

Barga is set in the spectacular Garfagnana valley in northern Tuscany, between the Apuane alps and the Appenines, close to the Apuane national park. Dating from the 8th century, this historic hill town crowned with its Duomo, has retained many mediaeval features. The narrow flagstoned streets are lined with tall elegant stuccoed Palazzi, and shady piazzas are surrounded by antique shops and restaurants.

There are a number of small intimate cafes and restaurants in the old town all within walking distance, providing a wide variety of menus.

Throughout the year there are a number of festivals and Arts events including Opera, Jazz and Theatre. There are a number of small art galleries and an antiques and craft market is held on the second Sunday of each month. Regularly updated details of all events can be found at www.barganews.com.

The area has spectacular walks through chestnut forests, which are suitable for all levels of ability and fitness, from a gentle stroll to a full day mountain hike. The Local Alpine club can provide details of mountain tracks and refuges. See a satellite image here: Google Maps There are several riding centres and rides can be arranged through the countryside for capable riders. There is an excellent modern open air swimming pool in Barga.

Further afield the famous marble quarries of Carrara which supplied Michelangelo are still in production and make an fascinating day trip. Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Siena are all easily accessible by car, by train or coach. The beaches of the Italian Riviera are two hours drive through the spectacular mountain pass, and further north on the coast the Cinqueterre wine terraces, which are situated in a World Heritage Site. From Livorno (60km) there are ferries to Sardinia and to Corsica.

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Ron and Susi Gauld

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