This weekend

We are enjoying some welcome rain today in Bagni di Lucca. It should help the local fire situation.

As much as we need the rain, a fine weekend would be welcome. The annual walk from Fornoli will happen this Sunday, 7th April.

Bagni di Lucca walk

You can begin in Fornoli and walk for 2 kilometres or more. The longest walk is 20 kilometres. Just roll up and register from 7.30am.

It is a lot of fun and there are refreshments provided along the way.

The wonderful garden event, Verdemura, is on again this week in Lucca. It begins on Friday at midday and continues Saturday and Sunday. It is held on the stunning wall of Lucca near the Santa Anna entrance.

Verdemura

I’m sure both events will be popular and well attended.

Faces at Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio is an incredible spectacle. The amount of organisation any work to pull this event together is huge. The floats are stunning, the costumes are fabulous, the music thrilling, but what I like most is the fun and enthusiasm of the participants and audience.

Here are some of my favourite faces from this year’s event.

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

Carnevale Viareggio 2019

See much more on Carnevale Viareggio on Bagni di Lucca and Beyond.

https://bagnidilucca.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/carnevale-viareggio-2019/

Exhibition open

The artists’ exhibition is open at the casino in Ponte a Serraglio.

Here is a list of artists showing their work.

Casino exhibition

…a selection at the entrance and the main room of the casino.

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

Find 9 faces in this painting.

Casino exhibition

In the second room is a selection of photographs.

Casino exhibition

I was happy to see my friend Tina.

Casino exhibition

…and Annalisa from Bar Italia. Where would Ponte be without her and her team?

Casino exhibition

The small room.

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

I hope you will all visit over the next week.

Women's Day event

Amazing Lucca

It is always great to hear about young Italians starting a business. It can be very difficult to get a new enterprise up and running in Italy.

I was delighted to meet Federica, who, along with her husband, has set up an adventure tour business in Lucca called Amazing Lucca.

Federica Amazing Lucca

As I walked with Federica she told me of their love and passion for the area and their desire to introduce people to a side of Italy they might not otherwise enjoy. With a minimum of 2 people and no more than 12, they will guide you through Renaissance villas, medieval churches, stunning countryside, vineyards and glorious mountains.

On foot, or on a mountain bike you can discover secret places off the beaten track with people who know the area. Meet locals and taste the produce of this incredible land. Trudge or ride up rugged mountains and find hidden streams, enjoy enchanted forests and breathtaking landscapes. Federica and Alessandro will guide to to spectacular places.

Alessandro is the mountain bike guide and Federica is the nature and walking guide. Even if you live in the area this would be fun, but what a great way to introduce your visiting friends to the area.

The tours are graded from easy to demanding, meaning there is something to suit everyone.

Take a look at their excellent website. It is in Italian and English.

http://www.amazing-Lucca.com

Via Del Campaccio, Lucca.

info@amazing-lucca.com

Federica…(39) 338 7901829

Alessandro…(39) 340 2798654

Women’s Day

The annual Omaggio alla Donna events will be held at the casino in Ponte a Serraglio from 8 – 14 March..

There will be a series of events beginning on 8th March, with amusic recital after the inauguration at 9.00pm.

An exhibition of painting and sculpture will open on Saturday 9th March. The opening will be 10.00 – 12.30. After that it will be open in the afternoons from 4.30pm – 7.00pm. Continue reading

Local events

Carnevale in Fornoli will be held on Sunday 3rd March, beginning at 2.00 at the Ponte Catene on the Chifenti side. There will be a parade, a market and games.

Bagni di Lucca

The first of the second hand markets for the year will be held on 31st March in La Villa. If you would like to have a stall at the market call the number on the poster at least 5 days before the event.

Bagni di Lucca