Reflections

Autumn is a lovely time to be in Bagni di Lucca. The days are still warm and sunny and the mornings and evenings deliciously cool.

On clear, bright days the Lima River at Ponte a Serraglio looks stunning with the buildings reflected in the still water.

 

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We have had some spectacular sunsets as well.

Well done Montefegatesi

The popular bar in Montefegatesi closed a while ago. This situation is never good for a village. Without a place to gather for a coffee and a chat the heart of a village can die.

The residents took matters into their own hands and opened one themselves.

It is just off the square near the entrance to Montefegatesi. Look for the sign in green…Circolo with an arrow.

It is opposite the pretty church and off to the right.

There is a terrace with a spectacular view.

Just in case you are looking for a bit of real estate in the village I spotted this great looking building near the bar.


The bar is closed Monday afternoons. Unfortunately that is the time I chose to visit so I can’t show you inside.

 

Autumn in the chestnut forest

Just before I left Italy in early November I drove up to Montefegatesi hoping to see some autumn colour in the forest just outside the village. I was a bit early, but I could see the changes.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi Mine

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

It is always good to stop at the little church beside the road on the way down the mountain.

Montefegatesi

By now the leaves will probably be gone and the scene will be wintery. That is wonderful too.

Riolo, then and now

I love these old photos of the villages of Bagni di Lucca. Sometimes there are big changes, and sometimes not. Here is an old photo of the centre of Riolo.

Riolo

The road in front of the house in the foreground has been widened to allow cars to get through.

 

Riolo

The house now has a pergola in front covered in grape vines.

Riolo

The path leading up from the piazza looks much the same.

Riolo

Riolo

The villages of Bagni di Lucca are all interesting, with their own character.

 

A new bar for Montefegatesi

It is always sad news when there are closures in the villages of Bagni di Lucca. The wonderful bar in Montefegatesi closed recently but the residents didn’t take long to fix the situation.

A bar is an important part of these small villages. It is not just a place to have coffee or an aperitivo, it is a place to meet friends, exchange news, have some fun and be part of a community. It is certainly where I met people who became friends and got to know about Bagni di Lucca life when I first came to the area 15 years ago.

The local Circolo in Montefegatesi has been renovated and now houses a brand new bar, which opened recently.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Top marks to the people of Montefegatesi for taking matters into their own hands and congratulations on the excellent new bar.

Thank you Lizzy Ashard for providing the photos of the new bar.