Crasciana Alta

I recently visited the lovely village of Crasciana. Some friendly locals told me that I must visit Crasciana Alta, the upper area of the village. I didn’t have time that day, but a few days ago I returned and took a walk through this beautiful villlage.

Crasciana Alta is a short drive ( about 3 kilometres) up hill from Crasciana. Take the road to the left just before you enter Crasciana.

You will come to a fork in the road.

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I would suggest parking nearby and taking the time to look through the pretty cemetery here. The entrance is through the gate beside the little chapel.

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Take the road to the right of the cross to enter Crasciana Alta. There is a little square right at the entrance to the village, with a pretty sculpture and view.

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The village is on the side of a mountain, the streets are steep and narrow. They branch off in all directions…take them all.

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There are lots of interesting details to be found.

The last of the summer flowers put on a display for me.

As usual the church has nabbed one of the best positions in town…high above the village.

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Behind the church is another small cemetery.

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There is also a lovely open area offering excellent views.

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20140915-032651.jpgThere is a pretty path down from the top.

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Look back towards the campanile.

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I came upon a group of gentlemen having a chat in the piazza who told me I should leave Ponte a Serraglio immediately and move to Crasciana Alta. Funnily enough, most of the people I meet in the mountain villages say the same thing. They say it is more tranquil, the air is better and life is good. I love the fact that they are proud of their little parts of the world and I can understand why they are so happy there.

On the way down the mountain I stopped for one more look at Crasciana Alta.

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If you visit Bagni di Lucca take the time to see the mountain villages…you won’t be sorry.

30 thoughts on “Crasciana Alta

  1. Yahoo! You finally made it to our village…the road leading up to the church from the square is our road . We so love it and the locals are very nice and helpful. If anyone ever want to visit here look us up!! We would love to offer our place to kind souls visiting the area. Thank you Deb for the lovely pictures!

  2. So very lovely Deb. I find it thrilling to walk up old stone stairs that over time have been worn down by the tread of others. I love your directions to “take…all” the paths going in different directions. The happiness quotient in those places must be high – or perhaps more the ‘contentment’ quotient.

  3. I certainly agree with you, Jan. I’m still amazed at the ingenuity of Italians to build villages on the sides of mountains which still withstand the weathers of time. I enjoyed ‘exploring’ those alleyways and surprises around each corner. Reminds me of the times we explored those lovely villages in other parts of Bagni di Lucca, Debra – wonderful memories of pretty stone homes, steep cobbled steps and stunning mountain views. I can’t imagine you leaving Ponte a Serraglio though….. It’s lovely that you can explore more of the villages around your area and share those experiences with us.

  4. Well, we are back and we so enjoyed our time in Tuscany again this year. We stayed in the village of Limano and were told by everyone we met in the village that it is the best village to live in! 😉
    We visited many of the little villages and loved them all.

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