Spring seemed like a perfect excuse to revisit Longoio. It is one of the tiny villages on the way to San Cassiano. Just after the Gombereto, on a bend in the road, you will see the sign for Longoio. Turn left and follow the narrow road to the car park. From there it is walking only.
The views from Longoio are wonderful. This is looking towards Guzzano.
The weather was a bit changeable, but the sky looked magnificent most of the time.
I went for a walk above and behind Longoio. Spring gardens are being prepared.
The path leds to the most amazing forest of old oak trees and dry stone walls. The ancient paths are lined with stones. I would love to know who built them. Clearly a lot of hard work was involved.
Mushrooms in various stages of growth were to be found. The one on the right looks as though it is wearing a black wig.
The view from the top of the hill is spectacular.
Monte di Villa, Pieve di Monte di Villa, Riolo and Granaiola are visible through the trees.
I wandered down to the delightful little chapel, Madonna della Serra.
It is very well maintained.
There is a curious little statue of Beethoven just inside the window. I wonder why.
On the left of the church is a track leading down to La Villa.
On the other side there are great views of Il Rondinaio with some snow still visible.
I walked back towards Longoio past an old fountain.
I came upon the wonderful sight of a shepherd with her goats. The beautiful animals looked as though they had just been washed and brushed and were out for a walk to show off their lovely coats.
On the other side of the path another rustic scene presented itself.
I passed some huge old stone wheels from a mill.
…and came to the old path to Longoio.
Right now is a perfect time to do this walk, wisteria is in bloom, fruit trees are in blossom, wildflowers are everywhere…what more could you want?
As always, gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing.
I love that forest above Longoio, it is magical.
What a lovely walk … I think we shall try and find that one when we visit …
You should. Look for the track that runs behind Longoio. It is a little uphill, but not too steep.
A delightful village. And the photos are great… just as usual!
I had not been before to the path behind the village. It is lovely, and quite different from other walks.
I’ve been to Italy twice but never to Bagni di Lucca. Or to Longoio. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to visit in this lifetime, so thank you for these photos that give me a glimpse of that part of the world.
I hope you visit one day, it is lovely here.
Nice place, nature and goats!
It is a beautiful forest. It seems strangely medieval.
Charming village! And I just love goats….
They are the best kept goats I have seen. I thought they were beautiful.
Molto rustico- bellissimo.
You wonder how much longer we will see these scenes…the world is changing.
What a lovely spring walk with stunning views, blossoms and cute goats. After that walk, I hope you had a delicious dish of pasta. 🙂
There is always a great dish of pasta waiting here.
Great post. Some of those walks look great, very do-able.
This walk is truly lovely. It is a little steep in parts, but quite easy really.
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