Altopascio is one of the historic towns in Tuscany along the A11 Autostrada between Lucca and Florence, along the ancient Via Francigena pilgrimage route. When you come across a city on the pilgrimage route, you will expect to see 11-13 century Romanesque churches and facilities like hospitals, bars and even houses of prostitution set up for the pilgrims. While much of Altopascio's historical architecture is lost, there remain tantalizing glimpses of its Romanesque past.
Altopascio has been known for its bread since medieval times. Our map shows the major sites (and a good restaurant) in Altopascio.
Map of Altopascio
Altopascio Travel Toolbox
Altopascio's ouskirts are mared by some large, commercial bakeries, but the small historic center does retain some of its historic charm. The battle of Altopascio in 1325 pitted Castruccio Castracani with the Florentines. Castracani won and became duke of nearby Lucca.
Restaurants in Altopascio
We enjoyed a very good meal at Osteria La Dispensa, marked on the map. There are quite a few restaurants in Altopascio, considering the size of the town. There is also a unique bar-spaghetteria called La Loggia.