I often get comments on the blog and emails from people who have a connection with Bagni di Lucca. It is amazing the number of people all over the world who have ancestors who come from the area. It is a tiny place, but thousands of people have left Bagni di Lucca over the last couple of centuries and made new lives in far flung corners of the world.
Many people are keen to find out more about their Bagni di Lucca families. Ann Barsi, whose own family moved to USA, will be able to help some of those. She is holding an event on 11th September at Trattoria Santina in San Cassiano di Controne called “You know my Great-grandparents?”
She has carefully researched the church records of San Cassiano and will explain how the registers for the years 1600-1939 have been digitally imaged and then turned into family trees.
Here is an image of 4 baptisms from 1664/5.
This is the family group sheet for Giovanni Fabbri, born 20th October 1665.
If your ancestors are from San Cassiano di Controne there will be time to check the church’s database to see your family tree.
You will need to bring names and dates of your ancestors who were born before 1930. Many family trees go back 13 generations from today.
I’m sure it will be a fascinating evening.
“You know my Great-grandparents? (Conosci I miei Trisnonni?)
San Cassiano di Controne
11th September, 20.30 – 22.00
Ann previously completed the same research for the parish of Pieve di Controne and is currently working on the Monti di Villa parish.
Summer events continue…
The first one celebrates Percy Shelley, the British poet who spent time in Bagni di Lucca with his friend Lord Byron.
On 1st September there will be a concert in the English Cemetery where the renovation of tombs and monuments continues.
Talk to the people at the information centre in La Villa for more information.
At the end of winter I visited the enchanted chestnut forest on the outskirts of Montefegatesi. See the post HERE. It looked stunning even then and I couldn’t wait to return in spring to see it green and lush.
The road into forest is delightful in spring with wild flowers lining the road.
There are a few reminders of the days when chestnuts were farmed seriously. It must have been a hard life, but the beautiful workplace would have helped the workers get through the day.
The trees are the stars on this drive, or even better, walk.
I’m sure the forest is a cool sanctuary in the heat of the summer.
I look forward to my autumn visit when I return later this year.
Summer is a busy time in Bagni di Lucca. Here are some more events coming up.
Sunday 5th is a busy day with 2 events.
The inauguration of a photographic exhibition of immigtation stories will be at the Oratorio della Madonna del Rosario in Casabasciana. This is one I would love to see. The exhibition will be there until 19th August.
I love sbandieratori! I wish I could be in Brandeglio to see the flag throwers. Let’s hope it is a fine day on Sunday.
…and another in San Cassiano di Controne.
This is a list I found with lots of upcoming events…something for everyone.
This is a list of events in Casabasciana.
Outdoor cinema seems to be popular this summer. I’m sure these events will be well attended.
The beautiful pool in Bagni di Lucca was opened to much celebration. Thank you Rosi for taking photos and sharing the event with us.
It would not be an Italian celebration without food.
The pool is in the most magnificent setting with views across the mountains and has all the style of a 1950s movie. It is great that the renovations have enabled it to be open for at least some of the summer season.
Here are some more photos of the gorgeous pool taken by Elizabeth Nelson…a big fan of the pool.
Opening hours…9.00 – 19.00
A lucky group of people was invited to Palio l’Osteria, the new restaurant in Ponte a Serraglio, to sample the new menu. Each month a brand new menu is introduced.
In August diners can look forward to…
Trout carpaccio, beef carpaccio, pasta with cinghiale ragu, risotto con polpo with red onion and much more and some delicious desserts.
The beautiful terrace is open for wonderful summer evenings.
The new restaurant is a great success. Thank you Moe for sharing photos of a fun evening.
Here is the new menu for August.
Here are another couple of events coming up in Bagni di Lucca.
The regular antique and second hand market will happen in La Villa 29th July.
On Sunday 12th August is the walk along the old mule trails with interesting stops along the way.
The opening of the pool.
Enjoy summer in Bagni di Lucca.
There is always something happening in Bagni di Lucca. It isn’t always easy to find out where and when they are happening.
Here are some events coming up.
There are outdoor movie nights in Cafaggio, Fornoli. The next one is on 26th July. The movie will be Wonder, with Julia Roberts.
Rifugio Fiori in Pieve di Monti di Villa is also having movie showings. Roman Holiday is showing 26th July.
There is a concert at Villa Web on 27th July.
There is a gastronomic walk in Montefegatesi on Sunday 5th August, beginning at 12.00.
Also in Montefegatesi, on Tuesday 14th August will be Apericena in the piazza in Montefegatesi at 7.00pm. Look on Facebook on the Montefegatesi Official Page for more information.
Best of all, the beautiful pool in La Villa should be open on 28th July for one month. It has been undergoing extensive renovations and will come back better than ever. It will close again at the end of August for more work.
This is an old photo. I look forward to seeing the new pool.
If you have an event coming up in Bagni di Lucca please email me at email@example.com and I will put it on Bella Bagni di Lucca to help spread the word.