Villa Fiori in Ponte a Serraglio was originally called Villa Pieri. The villa takes its present name from Baron Fiori who purchased it in the second half of the 19th century. The appearence of the building has changed several times.
Here is a photo before the most recent change of appearence.
The latest renovation was done by Paolinelli in 1916 – 1917 when it was owned by Jean Varraud, who ran the thermal baths at Bagni Caldi until 1968.
When I first came to Bagni di Lucca some of the statues of swimmers still stood beside the little pool in the garden.
The house now sits lonely and unloved beside the river. The little park near the house is cared for by the people of Borgo degli Artisti and there are regular events held there.
I particularly like the 4 towers in the park on the edge of the property.
Villa Fiori looks wonderful from above the village.
It would be great if someone came along and breathed new life into Villa Fiori…any takers?