I have spent 6 months in Bagni di Lucca this year. I have been to most of the villages that make up our community. Here is a look back over the year.
I arrived in February 2012 to very cold weather. There had been heavy snow in early February and there was still a little left when I arrived.
The edges of the river in front of my house froze.
I love winter in Bagni di Lucca, but when spring arrives it is magical.
There was some late snow in the mountains.
As the weather warmed up I had a great time visiting the mountain villages.
Sunset in Casabasciana.
The beginning of spring in Fornoli.
Montefegatesi in the spring sunshine.
A doorway in Granaiola.
Colle shines in the spring sun.
The pansies on the bridge at Ponte a Serraglio look cheerful.
The memorial for the fallen patriots in La Villa.
Geese in Longoio out for a walk.
Early morning at Ponte a Serraglio.
Looking down on Ponte a Serraglio.
Pears ripening in the spring sun.
The view from Bagni Caldi.
Early summer in Lugliano.
The view from upper Vico Pancellorum.
Picking cherries in Pieve di Monti di Villa.
Decorating the piazza in Brandeglio.
The gorgeous pool in La Villa.
The archery competition in La Villa.
The beginning of autumn.
Grapevines near Longoio.
Lucchio appearing between the trees.
Autumn at the old station in Fornoli.
Porcini mushroom time.
The first snow of the season.
I left just as heavy rain began to fall in Bagni di Lucca.
My favourite post of the year was about Renzo, a shepherd we met tending his sheep. I love these chance encounters with Bagni di Lucca locals. Most are happy to take the time to talk about their lives in this gorgeous part of the world.
The most popular post was the one called Meet Emilio Ferrari. The post was Freshly Pressed ( featured by WordPress) early in the year. Emilio and his lovely wife Alfa (they drive a Fiat) has been read by thousands of people all over the world.
I will be back in Bagni di Lucca soon…..can’t wait.