When we can travel again…Lago di Gramolazzo is about a 1 hour drive from Bagni di Lucca. It is a beautiful spot for a picnic and swimming…if you don’t mind cold water. I drove there via Piazza al Serchio. My GPS actually sent me to the wrong place, past the lake to a pretty walking track.
The mountains in this area are spectacular. I didn’t mind the detour.
The walking path is in the valley of the Orto di Donna – Val Serenia, an ancient glacial valley created about 10,000 years ago. The path starts near the car park at an altitude of 1068 metres above sea level. It is an easy walk, only 500 metres long. All along the path there are wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
On the way back I could see the lake from the road.
The lake was very quiet the day I visited. None of the nearby restaurants or cafes were open, but I could see that it be a popular place in summer.
There are hundreds of places to visit within and hour or 2 of Bagni di Lucca.