The rivers and streams are full of fast flowing water at this time of year. It is heartening to see that it is clean and clear.
The colour of the water changes, depending on melting snow and the amount of rain. There are some amazing colours in the river on the way into the Garfagnana.
I pass this river every time I go to our mountain house. It is always beautiful.
It is raining today, more water to fill the rivers.
After heavy rain, the water tends to look cloudy, but it clears very quickly. Then, I can watch the trouts from my window…
I can see trout from my balcony too. If I got a permit I could throw a line in, but I don’t like taking the poor things off the hook.
I love to see the changing colors, and all the rocks when the water is clear. It is always a treat being so near the river.
I love living above the river. It changes constantly.
Those photos are really beautiful. The water looks so clean
As Mulino says, it gets muddy when we have had lots of rain and it rushes past, but it soon settles.
The river through Bagni always has a special look to me … but I imagine the fury of this time of year has its own sense of awe.
When it is really rushing past it can be quite fearsome, but it is calm now.
Debra, the water looks amazing ..is there a swimming hole nearby where the locals swim? On the countdown now until we arrive in beautiful Bagni di Lucca.
There are a few places to swim, but it is fairly cold. It would have to be a hot day.
Beautiful pictures, trout are very sensitive fish. If they are thriving the water is very clean.
It looks lovely and can’t wait to get there – hope the rain would have abated
Beautiful clear day for taking the photos Deb….looks gorgeous!
A great time to be back in Italy Debi. Gorgeous colour of the melted snows of the Garfagnana.
We plan to be in Lucca this summer and look around for possible small place to buy Any tips on what area good to check please
Close to river or not? Any feedback will be so helpful
I love to cook and bake. We are both retired.
Thank you everyone
My husband & I our small dog are staying in Lucca for the month of March. Since we don’t have a car we are thinking about taking the bus to Bagni di Lucca tomorrow to walk around & have lunch. The bus schedule tells us the bus will let us off at Piazza xi.
Can you recommend a good lunch spot we can walk to from there? Also if exploring Bagni from there by food what should we make sure not to miss? It will be a short day trip visit, arriving a little before noon & taking the 4 o’clock bus back to Lucca. Also, do you know if we will have any issues bringing our small dog (mini-poodle/bichon) n the bus? Thanks, I love your great blog & read it often.
I don’t recognise the name of that piazza, but I am guessing it is in La Villa, the commercial centre of Bagni di Lucca which is actually a collection of villages.
I would suggest getting off the bus at Ponte a Serraglio, the village before La Villa. There is a good caffe with pasticceria called Il Monaco. Then you can walk up to La Villa along the river, about 30 minutes, or you could walk over the hill (walk past the Bridge Hotel and keep walking) about 1 hour.
You could have lunch at Circolo dei Forestieri in La Villa. They have a set lunch for €11 and it is quite good. Things will be shut for siesta until 3.30 so there won’t be much to see.
There should be no problem with the dog on the bus.
You really need a car to see most of the villages of Bagni di Lucca. I will probably be in Vergemoli tomorrow or O would meet the bus. If I am going to be around I will let you know.
Thank you for your kind reply. We have decided not to rent a car this trip so we’ll need to make due with the limited options available by bus and save more exploring by car for next time. In order to have more time to explore the commercial side of things it looks like there is a bus which leaves Lucca at 8:40 with a change of buses at Fornoli Stazione which arrives at Ponte a Serraglio at 9:35 (if I am reading the schedule correctly). We’ll plan to stop by Il Monaco for caffè & pasticceria fortification & then take either the 30 minute walk or the 1 hr walk you have suggested depending how we feel (did a good 11km walk the length of the Notollini aqueduct yesterday -calves still a bit tight from that!) The walk along the river sounds enticing especially after seeing the beautiful photos in your recent post. Thanks also for the lunch recommendation! Sorry we will miss you tomorrow but we sure appreciate your tips and your blog.