The Serchio Valley is in Christmas preparation!
With a rich calendar of events, the Serchio Valley is preparing for the Christmas season.
We kick off the season with Christmas markets in Castiglione di Garfagnana (December 2nd and 3rd): entertainment and food and wine stands throughout the town.
During the same weekend, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana comes alive with its traditional Christmas markets during the Castelnuovo Città della Castagna festival (tastings of local seasonal delicacies).
From December 8th to 10th Barga in Cioccolato is scheduled in the historic center of the town with a triumph of chocolate flavours and delicacies. With chocolatiers from all over Italy, this is your chance to savour various types of chocolate: cold, hot, traditional and spicy.
On December 8th there are also events in Pieve Fosciana, Vergemoli and Piazza al Serchio!
In Camporgiano Christmas markets are scheduled on December 10th.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana will present its "Presepe Vivente" on December 17th at Mont'Alfonso Fortess.
On December 23rd come see the interpretation of the Nativity scene and the trades of the past with the “Presepe Vivente” of Barga, animated with more than 200 people dressed in period costume, the oldest of the Serchio Valley.
Don’t miss the traditional appointment with the lighting of the Natalecci at Gorfigliano (Minucciano) on December 24th. It’s from time immemorial that when the evening falls on Christmas Eve, bonfires are lit hereat strategic points to be seen from all the villages of the area. These imposing structures, visible from a distance, reach considerable heights of more than 20 meters and are a complicated tangle and weave of juniper branches, collected from cleaning forest undergrowth.