A weekend of fun

The festival Paese de Balocchi (I call it the Pinocchio festival) was a great success. The weather was perfect and people came out in droves to enjoy the entertainment on offer.

The umbrella installation in Via Umberto provided an extra level of colour.

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

The many stalls offered lots of things to buy.

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

The old fashioned games kept the children, and parents, busy.

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

There was a wonderful girl band making their way up and down the street, led by the marvellous Roberto Lucchesi.

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

A dinosaur, with rider, was a big hit.

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

Face painting is always popular.

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

There was a jumping castle, people in costume, balloons and more.

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio Bagni di Lucca

Well done to the organisers. The festival gets better each year.

A wooden horse

The wooden horse and rider in the museum at San Cassiano is not just any horse. The sculpture has been attributed to Jacopo della Quercia. He was an early Renaissance artist from Querciagrossa, near Siena. He became a resident of Lucca when his family moved there.

He was in the contest to design the Doors of Paradise at the Baptistery in Florence, but lost out to Ghiberto. One of his most famous works is the exquisite sarcophagus of Ilaria in the cathedral in  Lucca.

On a recent trip to San Cassiano I was delighted to find the museum open. It is housed in the Oratory opposite the church.

San Cassiano museum

Up close the wooden carving is beautiful. In 1909 it was found in a state of considerable neglect. It was restored in the 1920s and again in the early 1990s.

The sculpture is made up of 3 elements of linden wood. 2 elements make up most of the horse, while the bust of the saint is carved from a single block of wood.

San Cassiano museum

San Cassiano museum

San Cassiano museum

San Cassiano museum

San Cassiano museum

San Cassiano museum

San Cassiano museum

 

San Cassiano museum

Behind the horse are 2 other carvings. Both are carved from a single block of poplar wood, with the exception of some parts of the hands and the head. On the left of the altar is Archangel Gabriel and on the right The Virgin of the Annunciation.

San Cassiano museum

San Cassiano museum

The church was open on the day I visited as well.

San Cassiano church

The interior is stunning. It looks ancient.

San Cassiano church

San Cassiano church

The floor has been worn down by centuries of feet.

San Cassiano church

The villages of Bagni di Lucca are a treasure trove for those who go looking.

 

 

 

Bagni di Lucca’s contribution to the earthquake victims

Like many towns in Italy, Bagni di Lucca was keen to help the Italian earthquake victims. A long table dinner took over the main street in La Villa recently and 417 enthusiastic participants joined in.

Local restaurants stepped up to provide delicious food. Trattroria Borghesi made the pasta all’Amatriciana, Da Mamo provided the roast meats, Circolo dei Forestieri contributed the contorni (side dishes) and Gelateria Primavera served fruit salad and gelato.

The evening was a great success and close to € 8,000 was raised. The money will go to a project for restoration.

Well done Bagni di Lucca!

I was not there as I don’t arrive in Bagni di Lucca until late next week, so I have no photos to share with you. Take a look at Francis Pettitt’s blog to see some photos and more on the event.

 

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta is another area of Bagni di Lucca I was unaware of until recently. The turnoff is on the road from La Villa to San Cassiano.

Campiglia Alta

It is really just a collection of houses in a gorgeous setting.

Campiglia Alta

A peaceful tree lined road takes you up the mountain.

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

I was there in late spring. Everything was bright green.

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

The views are fabulous and the silence is wonderful.

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

…a special place to live.