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.
After parking the car in the car parking area just outside the village we followed an Ape into town.
There are some pretty coloured houses.
And a tiny church in the first piazza.
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.
Take a closer look at that orange house on the hill opposite. It is the colour of a Halloween pumpkin. I love it!!
Along the way there is lots to see.
The cemetery in the distance.
Weeds. Look closer.
A lovely local Signora told me the plant is called scarletina and grows wild on rock walls all over the village.
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)
There’s that orange house again.
At the top of the hill is the monument to Dante Aleghieri, built by the villagers in 1908.
This man never looks happy.
There are great views of the village from here.
Next time we will take the low road.
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.
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.