San Cassiano walking path

On Saturday the Alta Via dei Pastori was opened. The walking path takes you from San Cassiano to Monte Prato Fiorito.

The mayor officially opened the path.

Aldo Lanini from Pegaso Trekking was the initiator and the one who brought together a group of people to organise the project.

San Cassiano di Controni was once the most populated of the Bagni di Lucca villages. It is the largest in area with several hamlets.

The information board tells the story.

This is a wonderful initiative. There are dozens of old mule trails between the villages of Bagni di Lucca. It is the perfect way to see this gorgeous area. I’m sure this new path will be put to good use.

Thank you Agostino for being there and taking the photos to share.

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.

Wings drying in the sun

If you look closely at this photo you will see 2 birds standing on the wall in the river at Ponte a Serraglio.

Ponte a Serraglio

One is a cormorant (I think. I am happy to be corrected)  The black bird was drying his wings in the sun. He wasn’t there long before he flew off, no doubt looking for lunch.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

It always surprises me to see seagulls on our river, but I suppose it is not all that far as the crow (or seagull) flies from the sea.

Green buds are beginning to appear on the trees. Spring is underway.

Ponte a Serraglio

The sun is shining, but there is a fierce wind blowing.

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

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