Al Laghetto sits beside the river on the way to Fabriche di Vallico. We were there not long after the disastrous storm which caused lots of damage in the area, so it the setting wasn’t as picturesque as usual.
The restaurant was full for Sunday lunch when we arrived. Fortunately there was room for us. I love the rustic setting.
You need to have a big appetite with you…take a look at the delicious food.
Al Laghetto is a great place for Sunday lunch. The atmosphere is lively and a lot of fun.
The gorgeous Tiglio (Linden) trees form magnificent green tunnels on the roads leading into Bagni di Lucca in spring and summer.
I think they look just as wonderful in winter when their moss covered trunks and grizzled branches starkly show the way to Bagni di Lucca.
In just a few weeks spring will begin and the trees will turn green before our eyes…and in no time at all they will look like this.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March. The focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.
For the second year Bagni di Lucca will hold its Omaggio alla Donna at the Casino Municipale in Ponte a Serraglio.
There will be exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography and a display of things related to cooking and recipes from the past until today.
The opening event will be on 8th March at 6.00pm. There will be music and refreshments. A small donation of €5 is suggested.
The exhibition will be open from Saturday 8th until 16th March. On Saturdays and Sundays it will be open from 4.00pm until 8.00pm and Monday to Friday from 5.00pm until 8.00pm.
The exhibition will close on Sunday 16th March with music by the Emma Morton Trio followed by a buffet.
I hope everybody will attend at least once.
I do feel sorry for cats who are stuck inside all the time. I know it is safer for them and the wildlife, but I see them looking longingly at life outside their little worlds and I want to help them escape.
This handsome fellow was plotting his escape in Fornoli as I walked past.
Workmans’ lunches at a fixed price are very popular in restaurants and trattorias in Bagni di Lucca. One of the very good ones can be found at La Ruota in Fornoli. It is above the bar of the same name.
The menu changes daily. Sometimes when I arrive it is still being printed.
La Ruota is busy at lunch time with good reason. Here is some of our delicious food.
Say hello to the friendly owner, Gabriele…if you are really lucky he will sing for you.
Above Ponte a Serraglio going towards Colle is an area called Il Paretaio. It was one earliest areas settled in Bagni di Lucca.
It is a delightful walk up from the river, past the Hotel Bernabo, through the archway called dello Spiffero, past the church of San Martino built in 1292, past the decaying residence of the grandduke of Tuscany Leopoldo II of Lorena and up the hill.
At the end of a tree lined road you come to a little square. Last century there was a cafe there.
It was clearly popular.
Now it is a private house.
What a pity. It would be wonderful to walk up there on a summer evening for an aperitivo.
From Il Paretaio it is possible to keep heading uphill to Colle and further on to the park at the top of the hill.
The tiny Cheisina Alpini was built in 1951 to honour the brave Alpini soldiers.
There is also a track leading down from Il Paretaio towards La Villa. The pathway is called Via dell’Amore, Lovers’s Walk. The path is a bit overgrown now, but you can see that it must have been beautiful once. There are stone seats along the way and it is easy to imagine well dressed people strolling on a warm afternoon and enjoying the pretty surroundings.
In spring I will walk with my camera and show you the wild strawberries, mini crocuses and primulas growing beside the track.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and vote for Bella Bagni di Lucca in the Italy Magazine Blog Awards. I am happy to announce that your efforts have been rewarded and Bella Bagni di Lucca won the Best Single Travel Post with a post I wrote about Lucchio, one of the many gorgeous villages that make up Bagni di Lucca.
Thank you also to Italy Magazine (click here to see the winners) for conducting the awards and giving Italy bloggers recognition. It is fun writing a blog, especially when the subject is as wonderful as Italy. There is a never ending source of material to write about and photograph. There is enough in Bagni di Lucca to keep me busy for years to come.
I hope those who are new to the blog will look back through the archives and get to know Bagni di Lucca. Perhaps it will be on your list of places to travel to when you next visit Italy.
There is a lot more on Bagni di Lucca and the rest of glorious Italy on my other blog, Bagni di Lucca and Beyond, which I have been writing for almost 5 years. My love affair with Bagni di Lucca began 10 years ago when we bought our apartment at Ponte a Serraglio.
I started the blog to share our beautiful village with friends. It developed a life of its own and spread to include all my travels, so I started Bella Bagni di Lucca 2 years ago to focus just on our area.
I have travelled to most of the villages and hamlets that make up Bagni di Lucca and have met lots of wonderful people along the way. I have taken thousands of photos, something I had not really done before. Writing the blog has made me more observant and curious about what I see and eager to learn more about my adopted town.
Thank you again for choosing Bella Bagni di Lucca. I love to hear from you and it would be great if you leave the odd comment or suggestion about what you would like to know about Bagni di Lucca.
Here are just a few of the thousands of photos I have taken of Bagni di Lucca.