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.
A beautiful year in a great Tuscan region.
Fantastic photos! Love the scenery, what a shame to leave such a beautiful hamlet. Thank you. Happy New Year
I will be back soon to Bagni di Lucca for some winter weather.
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Beautiful post about the villages in the Lucca region….You best get yourself there and discover it yourself…
I am dying to get there and see it for myself!
I hope you love our village as much as I do.
I can understand you going there. it must be such a beautiful place.
It is very beautiful, and so different from my life in Australia.
Beautiful photos of a beautiful place. They gladden the heart. Thank you.
Our village is beautiful at any time of the year…I love it.
A wonderful visit to an equally wonderful area,one I would love to visit one day!
Bagni di Lucca is a beautiful village. I am very lucky to be able to spend so much time there.
This post is just the ultimate Debra….I just hope they know what an absolute treasure they have in you! Santa Debra di BdL??? You might have to convert though so maybe they should just make you mayor instead and be done with it! xxx
I don’t think there is much chance of a conversion, but I do love spreading the word about Bagni di Lucca
We had visitors this morning and I was showing them your blogs – “oh” was on every one’s lips. These photos are such delight it must be hard to make the choice of what to include and what not.
I have thousands of photos, and yes, it is difficult which ones to choose sometimes.
I bought a print of a painting of the bridge in Bagni di Lucca today by Frances Shearing because it was beautiful. I looked up the location and found all these photos. Does anyone know about the painting?
I would love to visit B d Lucca sometime.
I don’t know the painting. Our area is certainly beautiful. I hope you visit one day soon.
Just having another look – the gaggle of geese do make me smile – they really do look like the quack squad.
They were hilarious to watch. It really looked as though they had serious business to attend to.
Oh you lucky person! Well, we’ll all share the benefit as i’m sure you’ll keep us all up to speed on whats happening in Bagni. Looking forward to it. A safe journey to you.
Thank you, I am looking forward to my next adventure.