The country hamlet of Sillico sits prettily on its hilltop, with panoramas over the Serchio Valley and on to the alpine mountains beyond. It is a frazione of Pieve Fosciana, seven kilometers away, in Tuscany's northern Garfagnana district.
Sillico was first mention in 926 in a document referring to it being a hamlet under the jurisdiction of the Pieve, so even then it was an outlying town of the larger sister. In 1429 it was dominated by the rule of the Este dynasty. It was a crossroads of importance between the fortresses of Castiglione and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, and near the Emilia Romagna border. There is dramatic scenery here, surrounded by different mountains and hills, with forests, pastures and chestnut woods.
But many are drawn to the area for the cool, fresh air and the mountains. Here, a network or walking paths called the Sentieri del Moro traverses the landscapes and villages.
In town, the stone church of San Lorenzo with its tall medieval bell tower are worth viewing. The cobbled streets seems stopped in time, with lovely ambiance, a fountain, some palazzi, and big wide views.
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