While I was enjoying myself at the archery competition in La Villa another important event was taking place high above Benabbio. Morena from the Borgo Artisti went along and took some photos for us.
There was a Castello by Lupo Lupari on the original site of the village of Benabbio, above where the village now stands. The ruins of the castle are still there.
The small church beside the Castello has been restored and people gathered to inaugurate the building.
It was a hot day and it is a long walk up that hill. A lucky few got a ride up.
Some managed the walk.
Everyone moved into the restored church.
There were photo boards of the restoration process.
It took a lot of work to bring the church back to life.
San Michele Arcangelo.
The stone floor is original.
The architect who supervised the restoration and the local historian spoke, then it was time for the priest to bless the church.
It was hot in there.
Soon it was time for everyone to be outside for refreshments.
People of all ages were there to celebrate.
Finding a spot in the shade was a good idea.
Man’s best friend is always welcome.
There is a cemetery beside the church and in 2007 – 2011 students from the university of Pisa began excavating the graves. Victims of a cholera epidemic were hastily buried and 26 skeletons have been found so far. Work will begin again soon.
Next time you are in Benabbio, take a walk up the hill to the restored church…try it on a cool day.
Thank you Morena for giving me the details of this occasion and for taking lots of photos for us.
Great post and photos
I was there too! It was a nice event! The little church is adorable!
Morena said she saw you there. I was at the other event that day.
thank you, Debra…Benabbio is very dear to me!
Thank you for being there and taking the photos for us.
Benabbio is a treasure. So great to see familiar people and places. We’ll visit the restored church on a cool day. Thank you Debra and Morena.
I have been up to the church, but it was ages ago…time for another visit. I’ll go when I return in September.
It is great to see that another old church is restored. Thank you Debra and More a for sharing these photos.
It would be a pity to let them crumble and disappear.
I visited the archaeological site at Bennabio some years ago on a tour with the professor from Pisa and his students. They provided a really interesting description of the project followed by a film of their work projected on the wall of the church. Leda at the Tourist Information may be able to provide details of tours available this summer. Peggy
That sounds like a great idea…thanks for the tip.
I enjoyed looking at the pictures. It’s great to know that some of the original parts of the old church were preserved such as the stone floor. That’s living history.
It is great to see these old buildings saved from ruin.
Debra, Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. My mother was born in Benabbio and we still have family there. It is a piece of paradise and it’s wonderful to see that other people are discovering the treasure that it is.
Hi Susan, it has been fun going to the villages of Bagni di Lucca to take photos and meet people along the way. Tell all your friends about the blog. Let’s spread the word about Bagni di Lucca
I have shared your blog but I have to admit there is a part of me that wants to keep the beautiful Bagni di Lucca and my Benabbio a secret! 🙂
I love the villages as they are too, but we really need more people to visit our beautiful area, so it is great that you are sharing.
I loved Benabbio. I also walked up to the old church….amazing!
That is a lovely walk.