We met 2 of Pieve di Monti di Villa’s hundred or so inhabitants when we were trying to raid a cherry tree on the side of the road.
Oriano appeared and with his trusty umbrella he pulled a branch down for us.
Soon his wife Pina joined us and told us a little about their pretty village. Oriano was born in the village and Pina was born in Genova. She was sent to Pieve as a child during the war. She found Genova a little noisy when she went back and eventually settled in the village and met Oriano.
Many of the residents moved away to America, Australia and Canada in tough times in the 20th century. People are slowly coming back to enjoy the peaceful mountain life.
Come for a walk through the village to see why.
The church dedicated to St Julia was built in the 12th century, rebuilt in 1446 and remodelled between 1760 and 1766. Only the apse belongs to the original structure.
The narrow streets wind slowly down the side of the mountain.
There are some lovely old doorways.
And some interesting locking devices.
Things grow well in Pieve.
There are lovely details.
There is a pretty bar, which wasn’t open the afternoon we were there. Another visit is needed.
We spotted a small resident out for a walk.
Wandering through the villages of Bagni di Lucca is delightful…especially when you get to meet lovely people like Oriano and Pina.
In every village I have been to I have met people who have been happy to stop and have a chat. Don’t be afraid to say Buongiorno, you never know where it may lead.