Rent a mountain bike

While attending a wonderful performance at the Teatro Accademico a few days ago I spotted  a doorway between the theatre and Hotel Regina.

Mountain bike hire

Mountain bike hire

I think it is new and it will be of great interest to anyone who wishes to rent a mountain bike. There are dozens of trails through the forests around Bagni di Lucca and I’m sure mountain biking would be a great thing to do here.

Mountain bike hire

If you have no desire to go biking this post will be of no interest to you at all. There will be something else soon.

Circolo dei Forestieri

I am pleased to say that  the restaurant at Circolo dei Forestieri has reopened with new owners. Regulars to Bagni di Lucca will recognise the proprietor of Trattoria Borghese, a very popular place to eat for many years.

Circolo dei Forestieri

The front of the restaurant has been opened up, I think one of the problems before was that you really couldn’t see that there was a restaurant there at all. I look forward to seeing tables outside once the weather warms up a bit.

Circolo dei Forestieri

There is a new bar inside, and it looks very fresh and bright.

Circolo dei Forestieri

The food is good and very reasonably priced.

Circolo dei Forestieri

Circolo dei Forestieri

Circolo dei Forestieri

Circolo dei Forestieri

Circolo dei Forestieri

It is great to see Circolo dei Forestieri come alive again.

Almost spring in Lucchio

Spring is a bit late coming this year and this has not been helped by the icy blast of wind blowing from the Alps.

But the trees are beginning to turn green…you can see a tinge of green on the trees framing lovely Lucchio.

Lucchio

Wild flowers are appearing and potted plants and fruit blossoms are springing to life.

There is always a friendly cat looking for a sunny spot in the mountain villages.

Lucchio cat

There is still snow on the higher mountains, making for some spectacular views.

Lucchio views

Lucchio views

Lucchio views

Lucchio views

The little bar in the piazza near the car park is thriving. After the death of the previous owner there was a danger the bar would close, but fortunately new people have taken over and are doing a great job…meet Franco.

Franco from Lucchio

Lucchio bar

As well as bar snacks and delicious sweets, there are great meals being served on weekends by Franco and his family. In summer the bar will be open more often and tables will spill out onto the terrace.

Lucchio sweets

Lucchio sweets

There are some excellent bargains in Lucchio for anyone looking for a house to buy.

Lucchio house for sale It would be a great way to have a base in Italy without having to spend a lot of money. The village becomes quite lively in the summer months when ex Lucchio residents return to open their houses and enjoy gorgeous views and fresh mountain air.

Lucchio

Yellow flowers

Forsythia is appearing all over the place in Bagni di Lucca. Surprisingly, these plants belong to the olive family.Forsythia

Forsythia

Forsythia

They are deciduous shrubs growing to a height of 1 – 3 metres. The flowers are produced in the early spring before the leaves. The flowers become pendant in rainy weather to protect the reproductive parts. Here they have performed just as they should.

Forsythia

Forsythia

The genus is named after William Forsyth, a Scottish botanist who was royal head gardener and a founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society.

These lovely yellow flowers are a sure sign of spring.

Don’t go there!

Road works are being carried out between Ponte a Serraglio and La Villa. Old water pipes are being replaced…a necessary thing.

We have a multitude of signs in the piazza at Ponte a Serraglio to let us know where we can go. The road has been reduced to one way, going towards La Villa.

Road signs Ponte a SerraglioAt some times the road is blocked completely.road signs Ponte a Serraglio

The other night, a car coming from La Villa ignored the sign and drove through. By the time he got to Ponte there was a line of cars in his way. There was nothing for him to do but reverse all the way to La Villa.

You have to laugh.

You also have to feel for the road workers who have to cope with the coming and going of cars, people and dogs.

road works Ponte a Serraglio

road works Ppnte a Serraglio

road works Ponte a Serraglio

road works Ponte a Serraglio

All of a sudden it seemed to be over and all the men and equipment left.

Ponte a Serraglio

…I am expecting a return.