Ponte delle Catene, the chain suspension bridge that connects Fornoli and Chifenti is now a pedestrian bridge. It was commissioned by Carlo Ludovico in 1840 after the original stone bridge dating from 1317 was washed away in a flood.
Here are some old photos.
Lorenzo Nottolini was the architect. He erected arches reminiscent of Roman Triumphal arches on either side of the river. The wooden roadway was destroyed by retreating Germans in WWII. It was replaced in 1950.
This is a photo of the bridge during the reconstruction. (Thank you to Alessandro for the correction)
Today the bridge is still impressive.
There are excellent views to be had from the bridge.
…just another of the treasures in Bagni di Lucca.
Just before I left Bagni di Lucca in November I went with friends into the glorious mountains above Montefegatesi. It was a beautiful autumn day.
We came upon a shepherd with his well kept goats. I love to see the old traditions carried on…long may it continue.
When I return tomorrow the landscape will be quite different. I look forward to another visit to the mountains.
The wonderful Carneval Fornoli is about to return on 26th February. The market stalls open at 11.00 and the parade begins at 2.30pm.
Don’t miss this fun event.
The school beside the road between Ponte a Serraglio and La Villa used to be so full some students had to move to the Boy Scout (now Red Cross) building opposite.
Now it is derelict…another building that needs some love.
Bagni di Lucca has lots of unloved buildings. I think is one could be turned into apartments. There is room for a garden at the back on the edge of the river…any takers?
Santina’s restaurant is well known in Bagni di Lucca. It is one of the first restaurants I went to when I first arrived in the area 13 years ago. It is as good today as my first visit.
I was there on a Sunday and it didn’t take long for the room to fill.
At Santina’s the food just keeps on coming. The pasta is delicious, but you need to remember not to eat too much because there are several other courses to enjoy.
In summer there is a lovely terrace with great views over the valley.
It was a misty autumn day when I was there, but some yellow flowers beside the door brightened up the day.
The misty view is delightful.
Santina…Via Chiesa 9, San Cassiano
(39) 0583 809278
Casa Tolomei is the beautiful house where Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning stayed when they visited Bagni di Lucca.
It was recently bought by Laura and Andy and they have worked hard to bring the building back to life. Their renovation is remarkable.
In 2016 they finished the upper floor and had B&B rooms available to rent. This year there is a self catering option which includes a suite with 2 bedrooms and bathroom plus the stunning frescoed living room and adjacent kitchen.
For summer the whole upper floor will be available. The rental options will be 2 independent self-catering apartments or the whole floor for larger groups…8 – 12 people.
The lovely garden has an above ground pool, with plans for an inground pool this year.
Italian lessons will also be available at Casa Tolomei.
Casa Tolomei is in Via Umberto I, La Villa. For enquiries and bookings email Laura at …email@example.com
Paolo from Cafe Catene in Fornoli has recently brought in a new pastry chef. The man is a genius!
As well as delicious pastries and cakes they do excellent sandwiches.
Make sure you drop in to say hello…and sample some of the delights…the coffee is good too.