Bagni di Lucca in 2015

It has been an eventful year in Bagni di Lucca. It is interesting to look back.

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There was a tornado early in the year which caused lots of damage. Our lovely park in La Villa was devastated, with wonderful old trees wrecked by the wind.

Tornado damage in Bagni di Lucca

Many houses suffered with damaged roofs and other property damage. I hope we don’t see a weather event like that again.

Late winter is the time to plant pansies on the bridge at Ponte a Serraglio.

pansies on the bridge Pinte a Serraglio

You can see some green appearing around Lucchio in early spring.


Gorgeous yellow forsythia appears to brighten up the cool days.

Forsythia in Bagni di Lucca

Then wisteria shows its lovely lilac face.

Wisteria in Bagni di Lucca

The beautiful house where the Barrett Brownings stayed in La Villa was lovingly restored.

Barrett Browning house in Bagni di Lucca

Circolo dei Forestieri reopened and began serving delicious food…lucky us.

Circolo dei Forestieri

Soon on it was time to replace the pansies with geraniums. This year I had help in the form of Paul and Sheila.

planting geraniums on Ponte a Serraglio

In May there was much excitement, and some new roads, when the Giro d’Italia came through Bagni di Lucca.

Giro d'Italia in Bagni di Lucca

Not long after the magnificent Mille Miglia graced our streets.

Mille Miglia in. Bagni di Lucca

May was also the perfect time for a lunch at Rifugio Fiori in Pieve di Monte di Villa, followed by a walk down to Ponte a Serraglio along the forest walk.

a walk to Ponte a Serraglio

…and a stroll through Monti di Villa.

Monti di Villa

There was an art gallery showing.

Art Gallery Ponte a Serraglio

…and a religious procession.

Ponte a Serraglio

The annual crossbow competition took place in June.

Crossbows in Bagni di Lucca

Followed by Art in the Park at Villa Fiori.

Art in the park Ponte a Serraglio

A a swim in the cool waters of the Lima River is the thing to do on a hot summer day.

Swim in the Lima River

For those wanting a bit of adventure the exciting Canyon Park opened.

Canyon park adventures

Ponte a Serraglio looks pretty in the summer sun.

Ponte a Serraglio

Trattoria Borghesi reopened its doors to the delight of the locals and visitors alike.

Trattoria Borghesi

Giuliana opened her new shop in Fornoli.

Giuliana's new shop in Fornoli

Pinocchio visited La Villa with some fun for children.

Pinocchio festival La Villa

I discovered the monument to the soldiers shot by Nazis in WWII in the cemetery at Ponte a Serraglio.

Monument to murdered soldiers

Autumn began to appear with mists swirling through the mountains.

Autumn mists in Bagni di LuccaPaul Davies shared his beautiful photos of San Cassiano in autumn with us.

autumn in San Cassiano

…and 3 local photographers, including David Bonaventuri shared the Presepe Vivente in Monti di Villa.

Presepe Vivente

The year has flown by…there is always something wonderful to see and do in Bagni di Lucca. I look forward to much more in 2016.

29 thoughts on “Bagni di Lucca in 2015

  1. Dear DebraThank you for sharing the wonderful “looking back at 2015”.  As a yearly visitor to this beautiful area through your photos I was able to relive some of the events that took place.  We have a home in S. Cassiano where we spend a few months each summer and those photos really reminded me of what a special place we have.Thank you again and Happy New Year.Orlindo & Barbara Barsetti 


  2. We all hope that 2016 will bring great things to Bagni di Lucca and no more meteorological events like the one that caused so much destruction. The loss of those lovely old trees has been terrible. Fortunately, it does not normally happen.

  3. It is so wonderful to see all that is happening in Bagni di Lucca all year round!
    We bought our holiday home in Pieve di Monti di Villa in March, And enjoy reading your posts every week. Feels like we are still connected, even though we are in the Netherlands.

  4. Debra Kolkka,Thank You for sending me the blog! I was going thru old pictures that I took while visiting Italy in 1961 & 62 with an Army Buddie ,who once lived here in the village of Pieve di Monte di Villa. It brought back some good old memory’s that started me looking at Maps & Web sites to find more info on history of area.His Father once owned the General Store that supplied the area.He used pack horses to bring goods up mountain from Bagni di Lucca (1930-50’s) until roads were build. If you are interested I could sent pics to you!

  5. Thank you very much for all your posts in the year. The photo’s and articles keep us going until the next time we can go to Bagni.

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