Montefegatesi, the highest of the Bagni di Lucca villages

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Montefegatesi sits high above the other villages in Bagni di Lucca. It is 842 metres above sea level. It takes about 25 minutes to drive up the steep, winding road from La Villa, unless you are Italian and drive like Fangio, in which case it might only take 10 minutes. I prefer to live, so 25 minutes is just fine.

Because of its strategic position it was used by Lucca to guard the boundary with Modena, and as a result was subject to enemy assault.

All that is in the distant past, and now the village sits sleepily in the sun, enjoying its view over some of the other hamlets making up Bagni di Lucca.

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After parking the car in the car parking area just outside the village we followed an Ape into town.

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There are some pretty coloured houses.

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And a tiny church in the first piazza.

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From this square there are 2 narrow roads leading through the village. We took the high road towards the top for the exceptional views from there.

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Take a closer look at that orange house on the hill opposite. It is the colour of a Halloween pumpkin. I love it!!

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Along the way there is lots to see.

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The cemetery in the distance.

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Weeds. Look closer.

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A lovely local Signora told me the plant is called scarletina and grows wild on rock walls all over the village.

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I think that is Monte di Villa below the rooftops. ( I have since been informed that the village is Tereglio, thank you for the information)

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There’s that orange house again.

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At the top of the hill is the monument to Dante Aleghieri, built by the villagers in 1908.

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This man never looks happy.

There are great views of the village from here.

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Next time we will take the low road.

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On the afternoon we went to Montfegatesi we experienced all kinds of weather. We had rain, sun, wind and even a little snow. It made for some dramatic skies.

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There is a bus that goes from La Villa to Montefegatesi, but it only goes once or twice a day. Be sure you can get back if you go this way.

Click here to see Montefegatesi in spring.

31 thoughts on “Montefegatesi, the highest of the Bagni di Lucca villages

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  2. Montefegatessi is a beautiful town and your photos depict it perfectly, Debra. One extra bit of information, the reason why the locals erected Dante’s monument is that the author visited the town and that the nearby ravine called Orrido di Botri inspired his description of the entrance to Hell in the “Divina Comedia” . Indeed, it is quite an awesome landscape.
    The area has very cold winters due to the altitude, as you know, it is quite a climb from Bagni, and they say that this is the reason why the elderly locals are very knowledgeable of the classics. They read Virgilio, Dante and Ariosto during the long winters.

  3. Thank you for this post. I visited Bagni di Lucca just under a year ago and loved it (along with Lucca which I’ve been to twice). I also visited Riolo (to look at a property that I’ve been in love with for years but which, realistically, I couldn’t manage – not to mention the steep path that leads to it). Perhaps, next time, Montefegatesi …

  4. Superb Debra. Those coloured houses crop up everywhere, every so often. I haven’t seen that same boldness of colour in Umbria for instance. It makes for some fabulous shots.. The Scarletina plant is divine. Thanks so much for reporting!

  5. I love how they use rocks to hold down the terracotta tiles on the roofs…I find that funny for some reason. These are lovely pictures as always. You sure are adventuresome this trip. Please visit Crasciana (my hamlet) soon!! ha

  6. You sure know how to make a person what to return to this area around Bagni di Lucca! Well …. coming to this site is more like a torture. Of course I say that with a smile. Montfegatesi looks heavenly.

  7. I should have my nose to the grind stone – instead I’m daydreaming: what spectacular scenery. I often think when looking at your pics of Italy that it was a good job Joh Bjelke Peterson didn’t hold sway there – he’d have flattened all those lovely old buildings with all their beautiful character. Poor Dante looks as though he never enjoyed a convivial long lunch,

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  12. Montefegatesi is one of the most beautiful villages in the area but Pieve di Monti di Villa comes in a close second and is not quite as remote. I am only slightly biased! πŸ™‚ Thanks for another great post, Debra. They are always the next best thing to being there.

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