The medieval town of Castelnuovo G. (227m/745ft; population 8,000) lies in the heart of the Garfagnana Valley, as this stretch of the fertile valley of the Serchio, flanked by the Apuan Alps to the west and Apennines to the east, is known. The town provides a great range of shops, bars and restaurants. The town also hosts many sporting and cultural events throughout the year.
Castelnuovo is about 43 km from Lucca and 66 km from Pisa airport, which is less than 1 ½ hours drive away. Castelnuovo train station is on the main Pisa/Lucca to Aulla line and there is a bus station with good links to the surrounding area.