Jazz in the park

Villa Fiori park in Ponte a Serraglio was filled with music on the weekend. Photos by Valerio Ceccarelli, see more on his Facebook page.

It was a gorgeous summer day and the music was enjoyed by many.

There was another music event on the weekend. Vaudeville Smash performed to an enthusiastic crowd in San Cassiano.  Photo by Paul Anthony Davies, see more on his Facebook page.

If you missed it you can catch another performance on Monday night in Piazza J Verraud at 9.15pm.

…summer in Bagni di Lucca.

 

Things happening in Vico Pancellorum, mountain bikes and music

Vico Pancellorum is one of the beautiful villages that make up Bagni di Lucca. Here is a programme of events there over the next few weeks.

If you have an interest in mountain bikes this could be for you.

…and this at Ponte a Serraglio.

Summer is a busy time in Bagni di Lucca.

Aperitivo at Eat Valley

We discovered a great new place to enjoy aperitivo not far from Bagni di Lucca, in Ghivizzano.

Eat Valley offers an excellent selection of wine and aperitivo delights. Everything was delicious. We decided to eat outside on a warm evening.

There are excellent tasting rooms inside. 

There is also a well stocked shop selling a range of local products.

The restaurant specialises in grilled meats.

Thank you Vera and Ronaldo for a delightful evening.

Eat Valley

 Viale Nazionale 193

(39) 370 3478099

Great things coming up

There are some excellent coming up in Bagni di Lucca.

A week or dance and art at the Casino in Ponte a Serraglio 1- 6 July.

2 months of events in La Villa

An evening of opera at Ristorante del Sonno in La Villa 23rd July at 5.00pm.

Summer events in Montefegatesi.

A photographic event at Rifugio Fiori, Pieve di Monti di Villa, July 20 – September 7.

Something for everyone in Bagni d Lucca over the next couple of months.

Verrucole, a fortress on a hill

The magnificent Fortezza delle Verrucole sits 600 metres above sea level above the village of Verrucole. It is 3 kilometres from the town of San Romano in Garfagnana. The fortress offers spectacular views over the Garfagnana valley and the Apuan Alps.

The fortress was built by the Gherardinghi family in feuding times around the 11th and 12th centuries. It was originally 2 buildings, Rocca Quadra and Rocca Tondo on each side of a hill and surrounded by a wall. It fell into serious disrepair until a 6 year restoration brought it back to life and open to the public. It is a wonderful glimpse into medieval life.

We visited on a cloudy spring day and walked up the path from the village.

There is a quaint ticket office at the entrance. A costumed attendant sold us our €5 tickets.

We walked up the steep steps to the tower, which had been very well restored. The first floor has been set up as if the original residents were still there.

The kitchen is particularly well done.

The top floor of the tower has information and history and great views from the outside terrace.

The toilet built into the outer wall might leave you a little exposed in winter.

We ventured to the other end of the site. There is a very good cafe that serves coffee and light meals.

We were able to have a little archery practice for the tiny sum of €3. Our friend Moira proved to be a natural and hit the target almost every time.

Jim tried too, but probably should keep his day job as an accountant. I am useless at things like this, so I was happy to watch.

We walked back through the village past an old church to the car park below…a last look at the Fortezza.

Fortezza delle Verrucole is very well presented and an interesting place to spend a couple of hours. The drive up to Verrucole is through gorgeous scenery. It is an easy day trip from Bagni di Lucca.

http://fortezzaverrucolearcheopark.it