Geraniums at Ponte a Serraglio

The geraniums on the bridge at Ponte a Serraglio are thriving this year.


I planted them last month and have been taking care of them. There has been some rain, which makes things easier.

I leave for Australia soon and won’t be back until autumn. Annalisa from Bar Italia has kindly offered to let us use her tap beside the bar to water the flowers on the bridge.

I will leave a watering can at the bar. It would be great if anyone interested in keeping the bridge looking good could help out with watering.

Thank you in advance.

Palio L’Osteria, Ponte a Serraglio’s new restaurant

Ponte a Serraglio has a brand new restaurant Palio L’Osteria..and it is excellent. The restaurant is part of the Hotel Nazionale (formerly Hotel Corona) which will open soon after extensive renovations.

Osteria Palio

The restaurant looks wonderful. The dining room is elegant…everything has been carefully chosen to create a charming and relaxed atmosphere.


The gorgeous arched windows make the view of the river the star attraction…I could happily look at that view for hours.



There is a beautiful room devoted to wine, a wonderful setting for tastings.


A couple of days before the opening I spoke to restaurant manager Emiliano, who explained that Osteria Palio will source all of its ingredients locally and in season. The menu will change each month.  He told me with pride about small producers and growers who will supply the restaurant with the very best produce. Inventive chefs will take over from there.

We visited Osteria Palio on just its second night. We were welcomed by Emiliano and his impeccable team and shown our table by the window.

I can happily report that the food was delicious. The dishes are traditional with a modern touch.

The bread is all made in house.


My risotto with artichoke was superb.


The tartare was popular with others in the party.


The gnocchi was eaten with gusto.


The steak was cooked to perfection  and wonderfully tender.


Pasta with seafood was a hit.


My guinea  fowl was excellent.


Some of us had left room for dessert. The coffee pannacotta was exactly the right texture.


Jim ate his tiramisu before I could photograph it. He has been doing Italy wide research on tiramisu and declared this one great.

I had the almond semifreddo…heavenly.


We are delighted to have this fabulous new restaurant in Ponte a Serraglio. We wish Emiliano and his team the best in this new venture.  We intend to dine there often.

Via Serraglia, 78

Ponte a Serraglio.

Phone…(39) 0583 805217

Closed Monday and Tuesday


Osteria Palio

WWII in Villa Fiori Park

I walked across the passerella in Ponte a Serraglio bright and early on Saturday morning to the Villa Fiori Park.

Ponte a Serraglio

The park had been set up to resemble a military camp. Tents, supplies were already there and some vehicles, with more to come.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

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Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

These are well kept vehicles.

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Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

The soldiers looked pretty good too.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

I think being involved in a war would be wretched. I would like to think that occasionally in the misery, soldiers might have actually enjoyed a lovely spring day away from battle grounds in a green space like this. It is possible that they did, Bagni di Lucca was heavily involved in the fighting. There is still evidence of the Gothic Line, the most northerly of the defence lines built by the Germans, in the area.

This excellent display was organised by the Linea Gotica della Lucchesia.

Casino event

Rent a bike in Bagni di Lucca

I was recently asked if it is possible to rent a bike in Bagni di Lucca and I can happily report that a smart young man has begun a business to do just this. It is possible to rent an E-bike and join guided E-bike tours. Drop in and talk to Diego.

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike Adventure organises MTB and Pedal Assisted bike tours in our gorgeous mountains. Enjoy breathtaking views from our mountain villages and river valleys.

E-Bike Adventure Tours… Viale Umberto I, Bagni di Lucca Villa

Yoga retreat

Tuscany Arts and Healing is organising a yoga retreat day on 26th May. Joann Connington will conduct the retreat at the very beautiful I Romiti del Torrente in Fabbriche di Vallico. It is a former Augustinian monastery high above the River Torrite.

Tuscany Arts and Healing

The class will be taught in English and is suitable for all levels of ability. A delicious vegetarian lunch will be served on the terrace (weather permitting)

The cost for the day is €75 which includes yoga instruction, all yoga props, vegetarian lunch and resfreshments.

For more details please email

Or look at the website