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.
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.
You can see some green appearing around Lucchio in early spring.
Gorgeous yellow forsythia appears to brighten up the cool days.
Then wisteria shows its lovely lilac face.
The beautiful house where the Barrett Brownings stayed in La Villa was lovingly restored.
Circolo dei Forestieri reopened and began serving delicious food…lucky us.
Soon on it was time to replace the pansies with geraniums. This year I had help in the form of Paul and Sheila.
In May there was much excitement, and some new roads, when the Giro d’Italia came through Bagni di Lucca.
Not long after the magnificent Mille Miglia graced our streets.
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.
…and a stroll through Monti di Villa.
There was an art gallery showing.
…and a religious procession.
The annual crossbow competition took place in June.
Followed by Art in the Park at Villa Fiori.
A a swim in the cool waters of the Lima River is the thing to do on a hot summer day.
For those wanting a bit of adventure the exciting Canyon Park opened.
Ponte a Serraglio looks pretty in the summer sun.
Trattoria Borghesi reopened its doors to the delight of the locals and visitors alike.
Giuliana opened her new shop in Fornoli.
Pinocchio visited La Villa with some fun for children.
I discovered the monument to the soldiers shot by Nazis in WWII in the cemetery at Ponte a Serraglio.
Autumn began to appear with mists swirling through the mountains.
Paul Davies shared his beautiful photos of San Cassiano in autumn with us.
…and 3 local photographers, including David Bonaventuri shared the Presepe Vivente in Monti di Villa.
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.