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.
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.
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.
The village is on the side of a mountain, the streets are steep and narrow. They branch off in all directions…take them all.
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.
Behind the church is another small cemetery.
There is also a lovely open area offering excellent views.
Look back towards the campanile.
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.
If you visit Bagni di Lucca take the time to see the mountain villages…you won’t be sorry.