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.
I enlisted friend, and fellow blogger, Francis ( From London to Longoio)to show me his village. His house is at the very top of Longoio and offers fabulous views of the valley below and several other villages.
This is looking towards Guzzano.
The weather was a bit changeable, but the sky looked magnificent most of the time.
Francis and Alexandra took me 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.
We 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.
We walked back towards Longoio past an old fountain.
We 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.
We 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?