Casa Fontana, Barga

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Casa Fontana has closed after 17 fantastic seasons. We have welcomed many hundreds of guests over the years from all corners of the world. We have made many new friends and have wonderful memories. We will not be leaving Barga as we will keep our apartment at Ai Pozzi. Casa Fontana will be for sale so if you know anyone who would like to follow in our footsteps, please let them know! . The house is for sale and details can be found online at:

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. 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. 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



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.

Barga Jazz Festival - 32nd Edition.

The Barga Jazz festival is during the last week of August every year. For 2020 the normal format has been disrupted by the Covid pandemic, but a special edition Festival will take place.

The full Programme for 2020 has now been announced, and will run from 18th to 30 th August, with the traditional Barga-in-Jazz taking place on Sunday 23 rd August through the streets and piazzas of Barga Vecchia!

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

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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 in the atea 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.

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