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.
What a beautiful painting, and so lovely to see both the new and the old in 2 different time settings.
I think the old painting is lovely. I would like to have seen Ponte a Serraglio in the 1800s.
It is always interesting to see comparisons like that. I believe I remember you doing something similar with your building if I’m not mistaken.
Yes I did. I love to find old photos and prints.
Hope you find someone who knows more
Francis and Maria have added some interesting information.
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.
I think it is great that most of the buildings are still there.
I would say that it may go back to 1810 – 1820. Basically, Napoleon’s times…
I doubt that the bridge was there at all. It is just there to make the view look pretty.
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.
I will check out the shop.
I love these bits of history, what a find!
Fortunately there are lots of old photos and prints of the area.
One hunt that I am going to join, I’d better improve my italian though to hear the stories that come with them.
Debra any idea what that painting is calle or where we can get a copy from?
I don’t know anything about it unfortunately. In a comment above mentions a shop in Piazza Napoleone in Lucca that might have a print.
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?