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We are delighted to announce receipt of a Certificate of Excellence for 2018! We have now received Certificates of Excellence for 7 consecutive years!
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We have been named 12th overall in a review of all hotels and B&Bs in the whole of Italy! Many thanks to our guests who posted reviews in 2017.
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. Free WiFi is available.
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
An excellent new website and app has been developed in Barga to make it easier to find historic buildings and artworks throughout the town and provides a brief description about each. The descriptions are available in English and Italian and all the sites are indicated on a map of the city, making it easy for visitors to find places of interest. Please try it and let us or the developers know what you think. (c)Artcache.it
Walking and Drawing in the Serchio Valley Tony Phillips, a British artist, has lived in the area for over 15 years and will conduct day or week tours around the hills and villages around Barga. He can combine sketching and walking.
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.
The Barga Jazz festival is during the last week of August every year. This year the theme is "All I Need is Jazz" based on the music of Dizzy Gillespie, whose work will form the basis for the annual Composition and Arrangement competition.
The Festival will begin on Sunday 19th August ay 17.00 with "Barga in Jazz" with Jazz Musicians playing in the piazzas throughout the Centro Storico. The climax of the Festival will be on 24th and 25th August with concerts in the Teatro dei Differenti.
The full Programme for 2018 should be available in June 2018
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 2018
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)
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.
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. 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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