Bagni di Lucca’s San Gemignano is not to be confused with the town with many towers, San Gimignano. Our sleepy hamlet is part of La Controneria, the largest and most populated area of Bagni di Lucca. La Controneria includes Guzzano, Gombereto, Mobbiano, Longoio, San Gemignano, Pieve di Controne, Vetteglia and San Cassiano.
San Gemignano is 532 metres above sea level and 7.5 kilometres along a narrow, winding road from La Villa. I visited on an overcast spring day…come for a walk through the village.
The views are lovely, even on a dull day.
There is a small shop at the top of the town and a narrow lane heads down hill from there. Old stone houses line the street.
There is a track to Vetteglia.
…and a track down the other way to Gombereto.
A bit further along the main street is the church dedicated to S Gemignano Vescovo who is said to have saved the Emperor of Constantinople’s daughter from the devil.
The bell tower dates from the late 1800s. The church dates from 1581, but was rebuilt last century after an earthquake. It wasn’t open the day I was there…another visit is required.
Spring is showing its pretty face in the gardens and along the sides of the roads and tracks. There are wildflowers everywhere and some fruit trees are in blossom.
I passed a peony plant covered with flowers the size of cabbages.
Watch out for Gessy…although he doesn’t look all that fierce to me.
At the end of the town is a chestnut forrest leading to Pieve di Controne…another day.