Spring is a bit late coming this year and this has not been helped by the icy blast of wind blowing from the Alps.
But the trees are beginning to turn green…you can see a tinge of green on the trees framing lovely Lucchio.
Wild flowers are appearing and potted plants and fruit blossoms are springing to life.
There is always a friendly cat looking for a sunny spot in the mountain villages.
There is still snow on the higher mountains, making for some spectacular views.
The little bar in the piazza near the car park is thriving. After the death of the previous owner there was a danger the bar would close, but fortunately new people have taken over and are doing a great job…meet Franco.
As well as bar snacks and delicious sweets, there are great meals being served on weekends by Franco and his family. In summer the bar will be open more often and tables will spill out onto the terrace.
There are some excellent bargains in Lucchio for anyone looking for a house to buy.
It would be a great way to have a base in Italy without having to spend a lot of money. The village becomes quite lively in the summer months when ex Lucchio residents return to open their houses and enjoy gorgeous views and fresh mountain air.
Lucchio is a beautiful place; however, it must be said that it has a difficult access, so it is not for everybody. They say that the women in Lucchio have to tie a bag to the tail of the hens to prevent the eggs rolling down to the valley!!! In any case, it is a great place to visit and that the bar is open. Those sweets look delicious! Thanks, Debra!
The roads to the mountain villages can be a challenge, but once you get used to them they are fine. There has to be a trade off for the fabulous views.
Untrue about the bags preventing the eggs from rolling because there is no need – the chickens lay square eggs.
I’ve heard about the square eggs!
Lucchio apparently also has a water problem. It’s said by other villages that when it rains there the women rush out into the streets with a bar of soap. I have yet to verify this. Glad to know the bar is continuing
I didn’t hear about a water problem from my friends who live there. It would be an interesting sight.
The mountains make for such a lovely backdrop! I, for one, am ready to wholeheartedly welcome Spring!
Lucchio looks amazing as you approach.
Another lovely village and that bar looks great
It is really good to see that the bar is open. It is a great place for the villagers to meet.
I live in Bagni di Lucca during the summer time,but i never visite Lucchio.This summer I hope to go and glad know the bar will be open. but it have difficult access,….
I see the bridge in front of my hiuse in your photo. The road to Lucchio is not too bad, just take it slowly the first time.
Lucchio looks beautiful – as do the signs of spring. It’s clearly been there for many more decades than I have had my feet planted on this earth so it must have plenty in its favour despite the egg races and rain dancing. Anyway, I’d be willing to put up with small problems in exchange for daily trips to the bar to commune with those very intelligent looking pastries.
The pastries did indeed look very good. I hope to return for a rain dance.
The drive up to Lucchio is very interesting….but the reward you get when you arrive at the village is well worth the white knuckles. Spectacular. Very pleasing to see the young man taking on the bar….hopefully it will bring some more people back to the village.
I must be getting used to maintain roads. I didn’t think it was too bad, and as you say, the village is worth the effort.
I recall our drive to Lucchio as my cousin was quite descriptive about the road. I was laughing, while wondering why then are we going? …. but what a lovely village!!!
It is a beautiful village. One day I will make it to the ruin at the top.
Is there a walking path or steps?
Beautiful photos…..spring is such a magical time…flowers, snow, blue skies…makes for a great combo…..glad to see the little bar is making it….Mr. Franco looks happy and friendly.
A local bar makes all the difference to these villages. It is good to see it open and busy.
Love all those little local stories. Thank you everyone! Brilliant pictures & good story as per usual, thanks Debra!
You have many villages to explore.
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