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.
There was a band.
There was a demonstration tug-of-war by a very good looking team.
It was good natured competition.
Did I mention that they were good looking? I found a special one for you.
The professionals tackled the locals.
The children tested their muscles.
The band marched across the bridge and back again.
There was one very interested spectator.
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.