Tug-of-war…Fornoli vs Chifenti

On Saturday afternoon there was to be a tug-of-war between the opposing teams of Fornoli and Chifenti. Fornoli is part of Bagni di Lucca and Chifenti belongs to Borgo a Mozzano. The towns sit on either side of the Ponte delle Catene…the chain bridge.

I arrived promptly at 4.00pm to find the rope positioned on the bridge.

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There was a band.

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There was a demonstration tug-of-war by a very good looking team.

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It was good natured competition.

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Did I mention that they were good looking? I found a special one for you.

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The professionals tackled the locals.

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The children tested their muscles.

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The band marched across the bridge and back again.

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There was one very interested spectator.

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I would love to show you the actual competition, but I waited…and I waited. The event was supposed to begin at 4.00pm. I waited in the hot sun until 6.30pm and then I gave up and went home. I found out the next day that it went ahead at 7.30pm…late, even by Italian standards…what a pity.

Click here to see another fun event in Bagni di Lucca on the weekend…the crossbow competition in the grounds of Villa Ada.

10 thoughts on “Tug-of-war…Fornoli vs Chifenti

  1. Pingback: Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes | Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

  2. I frequently visit Bagni di Lucca but my timing doesn’t seem to coincide with these wonderful community events. Your blog Debra is the next best thing to being there. Imagine my delight to learn about the Tug of War during my stay. You have captured it just as it happened, molte uomino Italiano, non ce male! I am over the moon that I feature in the background of one of your delightful photos, thanks Debra, you’ve made an English lady smile 🙂

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