Spring is the perfect time to visit the villages of Bagni di Lucca. I had only been to Monti di Villa once, so I thought it was time to go back. This is Monti di Villa from Granaiola…right in the middle of the photo.
Come for a walk with me through Monti di Villa. There is a car park at the base of the village and an easy path up.
There are some pretty gardens to admire.
Spring flowers were in full bloom.
I loved the garden decorations.
The old doors always fascinate me.
There are some amazing views from Monti di Villa, even on a hazy day.
On a warm spring afternoon it is easy to fall asleep after lunch.
I walked along the ridge which is the highest part of Monti di Villa. From here you can look back across the village.
I met a friendly local who showed me a lovely green path.
She also pointed me in the direction of a lower path back to the car park. It was lined with wild flowers and covered by an oak canopy…what a gorgeous place to walk.
…and another place to admire the view.
Monti di Villa…one of the lovely villages that make up Bagni di Lucca.
I think it has a fantastic views across the mountains and the villages. But how they managed to live up here before a proper road was built amazes me. They bred them tough back then.
I think the mountain people must have been tough to manage without electricity and modern transport. Life is much easier now.
Those are fantastic photo’s – I could be there; all your readers would be so pleased to be there too. Please continue your tours of the hill villages and restaurants around Bagni!
Thank you. I have only a couple of weeks left to be here now, so I am hoping to ge to several of the villages before I have to go back to Australia.
Beautiful photos; thank you. You must have to do fancy foot work to capture some of those shots. Look forward to returning in a few weeks.
I get around. I like to go down all kinds of narrow alleys to find things.
Lovely reminders of Monte di Villa. The weather and the scenery look beautiful.
It was a hazy day, but it cleared a bit as I went along my way.
I thought you were walking from the point of the first photo. 😉 … Meanwhile, small Italian villages warm my heart. A place for a drink and a snack?
Eek! I drive my trusty car to Monti di Villa.
Loved the doors, the flowers, the views and the lizard. In my childhood home in Greece we had a bougainvillea growing over the porch and the terrace – somehow your photos reminded me of it.
Bougainvillea does well in sunny spots. It grows well in Brisbane, where I come from too.
I also loved the spring flower, especially the fantastic wisteria and the yellow flowers which I could not identify. Sadly it is too cold for bougainvillea in Bagni’s montain villages, even though its sunny.
I haven’t tried Bougainvillia at Casa Debbio. The yellow flowers are little roses I think.
Gorgeous photos! Your work is outstanding! This brings back many great memories.
Thank you. It was a gorgeous day in Monti di Villa and the villages are very pretty in spring.
Once again beautiful photos. The flowers are lovely especially the wisteria. This time last year I was there so it was very special to visit it again through your eyes.
Wisteria always puts on a good show. I also love the huge bushes of little yellow roses.
A beautiful walk; thank you!
There is always something lovely to see in the mountain villages.
Thank you so much for your blog. My family came from the Monti di Villa area. Last year we brought my mother from the U.S. to see the place where her grandfather was born. It was a wonderful trip as you can imagine. Your beautiful record of the spring up there is especially welcome as, 9 months after our trip, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. These pictures will be a welcome diversion as she recovers.
How lovely to take your mother to the place her family is from. The villages are beautiful, especially in spring on a lovely day.
I have forwarded your blog to a friend who is in the States. His family is also from Monti di Villa. He grew up and went to school in the village before and during the war. He has a house there,cut has been unwell and not visited for a little while. I am sure will be delighted to see your beautiful photos. Thanks Debra
Hi Peggy, I have some lovely comments and emails from people who have come from the villages and are happy to see photos. I am currently revisiting the village to take more photos before I go back to Australia. Thank you for passing the post along.
We’re so lucky to have such beautiful villages on our doorstep.
Thanks for reminding me that I need to get back to Granaiola soon!!
I have just been for another walk through Granaiola to take photos. All the villages are lovely and have something special to see.
Thanks Debra for this and your other posts. I follow and enjoy them weekly though rarely find time to reply. Looks like we will miss each other. I am arriving in Longoio in mid July and staying til about the time you come back. Peggy
What a pity we will miss each other. I will be back in early September. I have to go home sometime and I love winter in Brisbane.
I love this post! What lovely pictures, Debra.. Thank you for this … Hope you post more 🙂
Your friend from India!
If you look at the previous post you will see a walk from one village to the next. I have been visiting the Bagni Di Lucca villages over the last couple of weeks and there will be more posts soon.
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I swear – I think that’s my grandmother’s house (yellow). If I knew how, I could post a picture from 1999
You could email it to me…email@example.com