Then and now…Bagni Caldi

At the Terme in Bagni Caldi I found a painting of Bagni Caldi. It is a view from Ponte a Serraglio.


The bridge in the painting isn’t in the same position as the current one, but several of the buildings still exist.

Here is a photo taken today from the spot where the artist must have stood.


The old hotel, Villa Pio X and Villa Talenti are visible, but San Giovanni baths are hidden by trees.

In the photo below you can see the restored Doccia Bassa below Villa Talenti.


I don’t know when the painting was done. Perhaps somebody out there knows. I might take another trip to Terme for more information.

20 thoughts on “Then and now…Bagni Caldi

  1. This is a very interesting reconstruction of what BDL was once like. Your current photo shows most of the original buildings still stand. The print is to be dated around 1820. There is a prints shop near Piazza Napoleone in Lucca which should help date it more accurately.

  2. What a beautiful painting and a fascinating view of BDL as it was; one can only begin to imagine what it must have been like in that period. I know the shop referred to, in Piazza Napoleone, and it has a lot of great material.

  3. I am searching for information about my Great Grandmother Maria Filomena Simi who was born on 9th May 1848 in Bagni di Lucca. I know from her marriage certificate in England that her father was Luigi Simi, but very little else. Can anyone, with knowledge of the history of this beautiful place, suggest where I might find more info?

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