Garfagnana

Gastronomy

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Gastronomy
The Garfagnana Valley area is particulary famous for the superb quality of its wild berries, its mushrooms, as well as wines and olive oil from the hills surrounding Lucca. Tuscany's internationally famous Chianti wine completes this offer.
Il Farro - Spelt wheat is an ancient cereal. It was a preferred dish of the ancient Romans, who even used it to nourish their legions. A cereal that has pratically disappeared, spelt has survived in Garfagnana, where it is polished in ancient stone mills. This local wheat possesses characteristic qualities that other types of spelt do not have. It is frequently used to make a wonderful thick soup, which is also particularly wholesome, and unique salty savoury pies. Today, thanks to the health food, vegetarian cuisine and macrobiotic food boom, this product is becoming marc and marc popular outside ot its native land. Like all genuine products, as it is a crop that is strictly linked to man's relationship with his land, even the origin of spelt had to be guaranteed and protected. This is exactly what the Comunità Montana delta Garfagnana has tried to bring about: first obtaining the "Indicazione Geografica Protetta" (Geografic Mark of Origin) and then setting up its own control and promotion committee. This and other activities make up a vaster strategy intended to augment the typical productions and protect the consumer. At Garfagnana, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, mountain chalets, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.