It is almost time for the annual spring walk in Bagni di Lucca. The walk begins in Fornoli from 7.30am until 8.30am on Sunday 2nd April. You can walk for 2, 4, 12, 18 or 20 kilometres.
Here are some photos from a past walk. It is great fun…why don’t you join in?
The last days of winter are upon us. Soon this winter landscape will change in Bagni di Lucca.
Magnolias have bloomed and the flowers are falling. Soon the trees will be green.
Roll on spring.
We all love Italian food, but sometimes it is good to eat something else. Who doesn’t love a good hamburger? Eataly has opened a “Hamburgheria” in Via Fillungo in Lucca, and the hamburgers are great. You can have your burger cooked to your liking, rare, medium or well done, the bun is good and it is all well presented. (The chips could be better)
As you would expect from Eataly the cafe is very stylish.
They also have pastries and desserts…to be tried on another visit.
This is well worth a trip to Lucca.
Eataly…91A Via Fillungo, Lucca. It is in a courtyard off Via Fillungo, so you might need to look carefully to find it.
This evening was the opening event for the exhibition of art and photography to celebrate Womens’ Day at the Casino in Ponte a Serraglio.
I went earlier in the day to take photos. It is always great to see the beautiful rooms of the casino.
In the main room is the collection of art.
he second room holds photos of women at work. The photos are both old and current…an excellent insight into the lives of women in Bagni di Lucca.
The evening was well attended.
The exhibition will be open each day this week from 5.00pm.
The Casino in Ponte a Serraglio will be holding lots of events to celebrate Womens’ Day. The opening event is on Sunday 5th March at 5.00pm and the Casino will be open every day from 5.00pm until Sunday 12th March.
There will be music and art, food and conversations, make your own mandala…something for everyone. Please email Morena for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Fornoli put on a great show today for Carneval. It was a day for the children to take centre stage…with the help of their teachers and parents. 6 local school teams paraded in their costumes. The theme this year was food.
It was a glorious day. Winter sun shone down on the activities. All the participants gathered in the piazza on the Chifenti side of the Ponte della Catene. There were last minute details to attend to and friends to greet before the parade started. The band practised and the children lined up in their groups
Soon they were off for the short walk to Piazza Aldo Moro in Fornoli where the judging of the contestants took place.
It was too much for some.
The contestants were welcomed onto the stage for the judging
Eventually the winners were chosen. The children from Borgo a Mozzano came third.
San Cassiano took second place.
Fabbriche di Casabasciana won first prize to much cheering.
I think they were all winners. Clearly everyone put in a great effort to make the day a success. Congratulations to all.
A special thank you to Marco Nicoli for his hard work and commitment.
Everyone spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the food and craft stalls and other fun and games.
Ponte delle Catene, the chain suspension bridge that connects Fornoli and Chifenti is now a pedestrian bridge. It was commissioned by Carlo Ludovico in 1840 after the original stone bridge dating from 1317 was washed away in a flood.
Here are some old photos.
Lorenzo Nottolini was the architect. He erected arches reminiscent of Roman Triumphal arches on either side of the river. The wooden roadway was destroyed by retreating Germans in WWII. It was replaced in 1950.
This is a photo of the bridge during the reconstruction. (Thank you to Alessandro for the correction)
Today the bridge is still impressive.
There are excellent views to be had from the bridge.
…just another of the treasures in Bagni di Lucca.