Zato is a tiny collection of houses above Lucchio. A Google search reveals that it is 698 metres above sea level, there are 21 buildings and that 9 people live there.
We followed the sign from the turnoff for Lucchio.
A narrow, winding road took us to the entrance to the town. The road narrowed further so we parked just outside and walked in.
A short walk along the one street in Zato revealed the few remaining houses and a church.
Some lovely old doorways remain.
I could see a few other houses hidden among trees a little further on.
…and some steps to somewhere.
A well kept garden shows there is life in Zato.
I think I have now been to every village and hamlet in Bagni di Lucca.
Just before I left Bagni di Lucca for Australia in November the first snow of the season fell on the mountains around us.
The autumn weather makes for some beautiful views while driving around the area.
When I return next month I hope to see much more snow.
The views of Montefegatesi are gorgeous in any season. Before I left Bagni di Lucca in November autumn colour was beginning to appear.
When I return early in the new year winter will be in full swing, bringing its own beauty.
Babbo Natale will be making appearances in Bagni di Lucca soon.
Villa Web will be Babbo Natale central on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December.
Not to be missed is the Babbo Natale run.
This is the course of the run.
….and a party at Bar Italia.
Fun for everyone!
The beautiful tiglio trees form a tunnel to drive through as you enter Fornoli and Bagni di Lucca. Before I left for Australia the last of the leaves were falling from the trees.
When I return early next year they will have taken on their stark winter appearance…also beautiful.
Because of the forecast for rain on Sunday 1st December the Presepe Vivente in Pieve di Monte di Villa is postponed until Sunday 8th December. Let’s hope the weather improves.
There is a lot happening in Bagni di Lucca over the next few weeks.
One not to be missed is the Presepe Vivente, Living Nativity.
Presepe in Montefegatesi.
At the Teatro Accademico for the next couple of months.
I wish I was in Bagni di Lucca to take part in these excellent events.