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Giuncugnano

Giuncugnano, located at 855 meters above sea level, with its 18.94 km square area is the smallest Municipality in Garfagnana. It is surrounded by chestnut forests and oak woods, but over 1000 meters above sea level and up to the prairies of Apennine ridge, overlooking the great beech forest where, in the right time, grow the tastiest mushrooms of the valley.
Since 2001 this territory became part of Tuscan-Emilian Apennines’ National Park and thanks to its beauty, its deep-rooted agricultural tradition and the human presence in perfect harmony with the environment in which it lives, it is a real flagship.
The municipality is made up of seven ancient villages of whom live within a little more than six hundred people. The capital consists in a tiny village with stone houses overlook narrow streets driveway.
In Magliano, with the two suggestive names of Magliano on Morning and Magnano on Evening, indicating the exposure of the houses at the passage of the sun during the day, you can visit the shrine that houses the relics of artiros Emiliano and Giusto and a beautiful painting of the 14th century, depicting Madonna between two Saints. Here, on the second Sunday of May, there is the Spring Fair, traditional festival dedicated to agriculture and animal husbandry.
Ponteccio’s village, with narrow streets and houses ruts in stone, wrapped around the church with unique wooden belfry, is certainly worth to visit for the view that characterizes it and for the traditional hospitality of its inhabitants.
Certainly the best known resort, although divided in half with the Municipality of Minucciano, is the highland of Argegna, with the Sanctuary dedicated to the Lady of the Guard, and in the Pass of Tea, where recent excavations have brought back to light the foundations of St. Nicholas’ hospitable, that wants the legend founded by Matilda of Canossa and which had been long forgotten. Location along the border of three lords (the Estense  one, the Lucchese one and the Florentine one) Tea was for centuries the obligatory passage connecting Lucca with Parma, before the opening of the streets in the Valley would lead to the abandonment of offshore locations.

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