Welcome to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
The medieval eyrie of Castelnuovo crowns the confluence of the Serchio and its smaller tributary, the Turrite. Its heart is pierced by the burnt-red Rocca Ariostesca (Ariosto's Castle), built in the 12th century and named after Italian poet Ariosto who lived here between 1522 and 1525 as governor of the Garfagnana for the House of Este. The town's quiet narrow lanes, arranged around the city's small duomo, are a delight to meander along and local Slow Food dining is a real treat. Thursday morning is market day.