Just what we need in Ponte a Serraglio

The new fruit and vegetable shop opened in Ponte a Serraglio and drew a huge crowd of well wishers…and buyers.

Fruit shop Ponte

Fruit shop Ponte

The shop has exceeded expectations. The space is tiny and it is overflowing with great food. There is much more than just fruit and vegetables, which look amazing.

Fruit shop Ponte

Fruit shop Ponte

Fruit shop Ponte

There is also a deli counter filled with delights. It was a bit crowded so I couldn’t photograph much.

Fruit shop Ponte

There are shelves stocked with handy items for convenient shopping.

There were refreshments, of course, and a huge cake.

Fruit shop Ponte

A young family is behind this new venture. When things settle a bit I will have a chat with them and find out a bit more…along with the opening hours.

Garden show

It wasn’t great weather for the first day of Verde Mura, the garden show on the wall of Lucca, but it didn’t stop the crowds.

Verde Mura

Verde Mura

We went in search of peonies and hydrangeas for our mountain house, but it also fun to wander to see all the gorgeous plants on offer.

Verde Mura

There are other things to see and buy too, not all garden related.

Verde Mura

Verde Mura

It wouldn’t be an exhibition without food.

Verdemura is on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of April as well. Don’t miss it if you are in the area. http://www.verdemura.it

We found peonies, georgeous hydrangeas, aquilegias, daphne, and some acanthus…which will all be planted today.

Shelley House

La Villa has a delightful new addition to the shopping scene.  Shelley House is an art gallery and book shop. It packs a lot into a tiny space.

They stock a good range of fiction, poetry, Italian Art, Opera, Italian recipe books, local history…in several languages. There are also books about Shelley, Keats and English poets who visited Bagni di Lucca.

Shelley House is a special place where you can find and buy works of art by painters and sculptors. If you are an artist they can organise and exhibition for you.

Meet Luca Guidi and Rebecca Palagi…drop in to say hello.

Shelley House

Shelley House is at number 78 Via Umberto I. It is open Thursday to Saturday 9.30 am until 6.00pm.

Shelley House

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.