Train and Driving Directions to Casa La Pace

Casa La Pace is easy to reach whether you are traveling by car or train. Below are train and driving directions to Ghivizzano and Casa La Pace. We have tried to include local landmarks. If you use Google Maps or other Internet directions, keep in mind that Italian road signs can be confusing or non-existent.

 

Train Directions from Pisa, Lucca, & Viareggio

Trains are designated by their ending station. Trains to Ghivizzano will end at 'Piazza al Serchio', 'Aulla Lunigiana', or 'Minucciano Pieve'. Keep in mind that departure times are on the 24-hour clock, i.e. 2 p.m. is 14:00. A train ticket to Ghivizzano costs about: from Lucca, 3 euros - from Pisa, 5 euros - from Firenze, 8 euros.

Below are train directions from Pisa, Firenze, and Viareggio, the major hubs that connect to Ghivizzano. Coming from Roma, Venezia, or Milano, you must change in one of these three cities. When you purchase your ticket, be sure to note which of these you will be passing through and follow the directions below.

 

PISA – LUCCA - GHIVIZZANO

Pisa Airport
As you exit customs, on your right is the train ticket counter. You may purchase tickets here or at the automatic ticket machine next to the trains. Walk to the opposite end of the airport to the trains. Before boarding, validate each ticket in the yellow box at the end of the tracks.  The train departs approximately every 30 minutes, arriving at the Pisa Centrale station about 5 minutes later.

Pisa Centrale
You will arrive at track 14. The trains to Lucca are usually on track 1 or 2, so you must walk down the ramp and under the tracks via the tunnel.  Along the way you will see monitors listing 'partenze' (departures).  Check the ending destination listed above for schedule. Pisa Centrale to Lucca is about 25 minutes.

Lucca
Between Pisa and Lucca are 3 or 4 stops. At the first station, Pisa S Rossore, look right and you will see the leaning tower. On arrival in Lucca, the train will remain stopped for several minutes. Very often, this same train will continue up the Serchio Valley to Ghivizzano; ask the conductor.  If you are unsure, on arrival in Lucca check the partenze (departure) monitor. There are monitors in the tunnel under all tracks, except for track #1 which is above and next to the track. Lucca to Ghivizzano is about 25 minutes.

Ghivizzano
You will pass 4 or 5 stations along the way: S Pietro a Vico (not always), Ponte a Moriano, Diecimo/Pescaglia, Borgo a Mozzano, and Bagni di Lucca.  After Bagni di Lucca, you can see Ghivizzano on the right side of the train as you approach the station. Because these are stops of short duration, be prepared to get off the train as soon as it stops at the Ghivizzano / Coreglia station.

Casa La Pace
Follow Viale della Stazione up to the main square. Stay on the left side with Bar Sport. Cross the street and follow Viale della Molina, the left-hand road that climbs gently  (Look for the blue arrow indicating 'Ghivizzano Castello')  After about 100 meters (100 yards), on the right is a cobble-stone path (Fondo Costa) that leads up to old Ghivizzano. Do not go up the cobblestone street. Instead, turn left and follow this street across the small bridge to the cluster of houses. The cobble-stone path at the end turns sharply right and leads up to Casa La Pace.

 

FIRENZE – LUCCA  - GHIVIZZANO

Firenze
At Santa Maria Novella station, take any train with an ending destination of Viareggio. Lucca will be one of the final stops, about 1 ? hours from Firenze.

Lucca
On arrival in Lucca check the partenze (departure) monitor. There are monitors in the tunnel under all tracks, except for track #1 which is above and next to the track. Lucca to Ghivizzano is about 25 minutes.

Ghivizzano
You will pass 4 or 5 stations along the way: S Pietro a Vico (not always), Ponte a Moriano, Diecimo/Pescaglia, Borgo a Mozzano, and Bagni di Lucca.  After Bagni di Lucca, you can see Ghivizzano on the right side of the train as you approach the station. Because these are stops of short duration, be prepared to get off the train as soon as it stops at the Ghivizzano / Coreglia station.

Casa La Pace
Follow Viale della Stazione up to the main square. Stay on the left side with Bar Sport. Cross the street and follow Viale della Molina, the left-hand road that climbs gently  (Look for the blue arrow indicating 'Ghivizzano Castello')  After about 100 meters (100 yards), on the right is a cobble-stone path (Fondo Costa) that leads up to old Ghivizzano. Do not go up the cobblestone street. Instead, turn left and follow this street across the small bridge to the cluster of houses. The cobble-stone path at the end turns sharply right and leads up to Casa La Pace.

 

VIAREGGIO – LUCCA – GHIVIZZANO

Viareggio
Take any train going to Firenze. Lucca will be either the first or second stop, about 15 minutes from Viareggio.

Lucca
On arrival in Lucca check the partenze (departure) monitor. There are monitors in the tunnel under all tracks, except for track #1 which is above and next to the track. Lucca to Ghivizzano is about 25 minutes.

Ghivizzano
You will pass 4 or 5 stations along the way: S Pietro a Vico (not always), Ponte a Moriano, Diecimo/Pescaglia, Borgo a Mozzano, and Bagni di Lucca.  After Bagni di Lucca, you can see Ghivizzano on the right side of the train as you approach the station. Because these are stops of short duration, be prepared to get off the train as soon as it stops at the Ghivizzano / Coreglia station.

Casa La Pace
Follow Viale della Stazione up to the main square. Stay on the left side with Bar Sport. Cross the street and follow Viale della Molina, the left-hand road that climbs gently  (Look for the blue arrow indicating 'Ghivizzano Castello')  After about 100 meters (100 yards), on the right is a cobble-stone path (Fondo Costa) that leads up to old Ghivizzano. Do not go up the cobblestone street. Instead, turn left and follow this street across the small bridge to the cluster of houses. The cobble-stone path at the end turns sharply right and leads up to Casa La Pace.

 

Driving Directions from Lucca

In general, look out for blue arrows with 'Abetone' and 'Castelnuovo' and brown arrows with 'Garfagnana'

If you are coming from another city, the easiest way to Lucca is via the autostrada (toll highway). The autostradas connect all of the major cities of Italy. Autostrada A11 connects Florence to Pisa; Lucca is on this autostrada. Take the exit “Lucca Est”.  

After exiting the toll booth, follow the signs towards Lucca. After crossing over the railroad bridge, you will arrive at a roundabout and, in front of you, the walls of Lucca. Go through the roundabout and out the opposite side (bypassing the road leading to the right). The walls of the city will now be on your right. 

Follow this road along the walls to the other side of Lucca, following the signs for 'Abetone' or 'Castelnuovo'.  You will go through one large roundabout and arrive at a second smaller one. At this one, exit to the left, bypassing the road that continues along the walls.

You are now passing down a tree-lined avenue with magnificent Liberty mansions on either side. At the end of the avenue, follow the road as it turns sharply right. You will be on this section of the road for several kilometers. You will pass a couple of gas stations on alternating sides of the road.  Continue on this road and through the tiny roundabout, ignoring the road that leads to the warehouses. On your left will be a high earthen berm.

At the end of this section of road, you will come to a huge roundabout. (Do not take the early right-hand turn.)  You will exit the roundabout on the third road, bypassing two roads leading out (the second being  immediately next to Esselunga).

You are now on a wide, well-maintained highway that will carry you most of the way to Ghivizzano.  Initially the river will be on your right. You will pass through a series of tunnels. Now the river will be on your left.

As the road curves gently to the left, you will be presented with a choice of 2 roads, that can be very confusing.  Remain on the right, taking SS2. This will take you over the suspension bridge. (If you end up instead going underneath the suspension bridge, that's ok. You will be on the right-hand side of the river and can follow this road to Borgo a Mozzano and the cross back over to the left-hand side of the river).

For a little bit, the mountain will be pressing up against the left-hand side of the road. The road turns sharply right and then arrives at a roundabout. Pass through it and continue through Decimo to Borgo a Mozzano.

In Borgo a Mozzano, pass through the roundabout and exit the other side. (If you made the wrong choice at the suspension bridge you will cross the bridge and be at the roundabout – take the right-hand road leading out. ) You will first climb steeply and then quickly drop down and see the Ponte del Diavolo on your right.  

Follow this highway for another 3 or 4 kilometers, passing through Piano della Rocca. The mountain will again be pressing up against the left-hand side of the road. As the road curves to the left, prepare to slow down and turn off this highway at the next right – where there are many blue arrows point to the right. One of these will say 'Ghivizzano'.

Almost there!

Cross the small bridge and turn left. This is the smaller road  on the right side of the valley that passes through many of the villages. After about 100 meters, the road turns sharply right, crosses the railroad tracks, and then turns sharply left. You are now passing through Calavorno.  After a small section of pasture, you will arrive at the 'city limits' of Ghivizzano. Continue down the road, lined on either side with modern houses, the occasional shop, and a few Liberty mansions.

When you will see 'Bar Sport' on your left, turn right immediately after on the road indicated by the 'Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast' sign..  Be sure to stay on the left-hand road, not the right one that rises sharply. Follow this road which rises gently, with modern houses on both sides and then the old town on your right. Look for the signs for 'Casa La Pace' which will take you to the end of the road, it will turn sharply right and lead to the old town. Instead, turn LEFT and cross the small bridge and climb the top of the hill. You will see a cemetery in front of you and signs indicating 'Camparlese' and 'Casa La Pace'. Turn left as the arrow indicates and follow this tiny road to the first house, pressing up to the road on your right. This is Casa La Pace. 

A little further along, as the road turns sharply right, is a spot where you can park the car temporarily in order to unload the luggage.

 

 

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