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Getting there & away

From the bus stops around Piazzale Verdi, CLAP (0583 58 78 97; www.clapspa.it in Italian) runs services throughout the region, including destinations in the Garfagnana such as Castelnuovo (€3.50, 1½ hours, eight daily); and Lazzi (0583 58 48 76) runs buses to/from Florence (€4.70, 1½ hours, hourly), Pisa (€2.20, 45 minutes, hourly), La Spezia (€5.20, three hours, four daily) and Marina di Carrara (€3.50, two hours, six daily) via Marina di Massa.

Lucca is on the FlorencePisa–Viareggio train line and frequent trains run to/from Pisa (€2.20, 25 minutes) and Florence (€4.80, 1½ hours) via Pistoia (€3.30, 45 minutes) and Prato (€4.30, one hour).

The A11 runs westwards to Pisa and Viareggio and eastwards to Florence. The SS12, then the SS445 from Forno, links the city with the Garfagnana.