Coming events

The weather is cool of down and autumn is finally here. There is no shortage of events coming up.

The festival in Fornoli is always fun.

One for young historians.

An exhibition will be held at the casino in Ponte a Serraglio.

You might need to go to the casino for more information on the chess event.

The living nativity is an event not to be missed.

Photos from the Montefegatesi chestnut festival

I wasn’t able to attend the recent festival in Montefegatesi, but friend Matteo Offe was there and took some great photos of what looked like a fun day. Montefegatesi has a great community spirit and it is excellent to see people come together and enjoy themselves.

Thank you Matteo for sharing a great day with us.

Coming up in Bagni di Lucca

There are some interesting things coming up in Bagni di Lucca over the next couple of weeks.

A concert at the Casino to raise money for Auser, which helps a lot of people in the community.

An easy walk in Montefegatesi and a walk to the towers in Popiglio, with a medium degree of difficulty.

Plant an olive tree.

The final street market for the year.

Travelling to Florence

Florence is an easy day trip from Bagni di Lucca. There are several ways to get there. The train is convenient. It can be boarded in Fornoli. The trip takes about 25 minutes to get to Lucca, where you change trains for Florence. The more direct train takes about 1 hour 20 minutes, add 25 minutes for the train that makes more stops along the way.

You could also drive to Lucca, park beside the station and take the train. This offers more flexibility for the return journey as the return connections are not great.

I used to recommend the bus from Lucca, but it no longer goes right into the centre. The bus stops beside a tram stop which is one stop from the centre, making it slightly less convenient.

Clever Mark Hickman has found another way. There is a car park just outside the centre with a tram connection into the city. Touch the photo below for details.

PARCHEGGIO VILLA COSTANZA

Thank you Mark, I look forward to trying it.

Farmers’ markets in Bagni di Lucca

A small farmers’ market has begun Monday mornings in La Villa, in the square behind the Teatro Accademico, near the walking bridge.


Local producers from the area are on hand to sell their products. We get to meet and talk to people who grow our food.


The market will also be held in Piazza degli Alpini in Cafaggio, Fornoli, on Thursday morning.

This is a great initiative. It is excellent to support local food producers. I bought something from each stand and I am delighted with my purchases. Let’s hope it is a great success.

Autumn festivals

It is great to see festivals reappearing after the 2 years of Covid restrictions that prevented them from happening.

I particularly like the autumn festivals, chestnut, pumpkin and, a new one for me, a polenta festival.

I attended the Festa di Polenta in Gallicano on the weekend. A good crowd gathered in the town square, which was closed to traffic, to sample delicious polenta, bacala, necci, rosticiana and other delights.





There was entertainment and the fun of watching children have a great time.



One of my favourite local festivals is the chestnut festival in Cascio, which I believe is on next weekend. I have been twice and I suggest getting there early to get a park nearby. It attracts a large crowd.

A book to read

I recently given a wonderful book to read by the author, Dawn Cumming, who lives in Granaiola. Dawn is an art historian specialising in Italian Renaissance Art. She divides her time between Bagni di Lucca and the UK. She has a passion for Tuscany, particularly its art and culture.
Her book is called In Search of Annalena. A Life of Tragedy and Triumph in Renaissance Florence, published in October 2020. It follows the life of Annalena, born in the time of the Medici. Her story is set in Florence where she marries, becomes a young widow and establishes a convent. Part of the building still exists.

I loved the book! I felt that I was with Annalena in Florence, walking the streets she walked, seeing the buildings she saw and getting a feeling of life in Renaissance Florence.

In Search of Annalena is exquisitely researched. Dawn’s love of Florence is clear. I look forward to my next trip to Florence so that I can visit Casa di Annalena and find the other places that were important in her life. She was a remarkable woman with a fascinating life.

The book is available through http://troubadour.co.uk, http://Amazon.co.uk

For further information about the author http://www.tuscanyathome.co.uk