The name Ponte a Serraglio (bridge of harem or menagerie. I wonder what went on here in the distant past) is mentioned as “ad Serrajule” in a document for the first time in 838.
I can’t show you what it looked like then, but there are photos from the early 1900s.
Some of the buildings remain and look similar. Bar Italia and Il Monaco now take the place of the 2 cafes with tables and provide the focus for the piazza.
This is the view of the piazza from my balcony.
The road to the piazza in Ponte a Serraglio looks quite different. The beautiful old plane trees which lined the river have gone.
New trees have been planted and are doing well, but it will be a long time before they are as grand as the old ones.
This photo is taken from the other side of the river, but you can see how the new trees are growing beside the river.
The views from the bridge probably haven’t changed all that much.
We have a new walking bridge across the river.
The lovely old towers beside Villa Fiori have been cleaned and look great.
I think Ponte a Serraglio is one of the prettiest villages in Bagni di Lucca, but, of course, I am biased.