Northwest Tuscany riding along the Apennines and the Emilia-Romagna border remains relatively uncrowded despite its being wedged between Florence and Pisa. The towns here enjoy true architectural beauty and charm: the maze of narrow streets in Lucca:Prato, with its renowned theater and the best cantucci in Tuscany; Pistoia, known in the Middle Ages for its murderous tendencies but today for Romanesque churches and beyond them stretches a land of genteel spas such as Montecatini Terme and tall alpine mountains buried in green forest and capped with snow.
Don`t forget the thousands of castles scattered across the Lunigiana; the tremendous peaks around the Garfagnana Valley which hide the marble of Michelangelo, a hotbed of the anarchy movement, and some of the most extensive caves in Italy; the fantasy world of the Pinocchio Park in Collodi, an attraction for children and adults alike, and the pampering experience of a thermal bath in Bagni di Lucca.
Distances: From Florence to Prato - 14 miles; to Pistoia - 25 miles; to Montecatini Terme - 31 miles;to Lucca - 47 Miles.
Prato to Pistoia - 13 miles; Pistoria to Montecatini Terme - 11 miles; Montecatini Terme to Lucca - 19 miles