Colourful Casoli

Casoli sits 586 metres above sea level on the edge of a steep cliff over the Lima River. It is 13 kilometres from La Villa, the centre of Bagni di Lucca. Take the Brennero towards Abetone and cross the lovely Ponte Maggio and follow the narrow, winding road to the village.

There is a car park at the entrance to Casoli, in front of the bar/cafe, which wasn’t open on the day I was there.

Casoli

Not far away is a lovely little church, and beside it the mule track to the next village.

Casoli

Casoli

The old washing area is still there, but no longer used.

Casoli

Come for a walk through Casoli.

There are a couple of gorgeous B&Bs in the village.

Casoli

Casoli

Casoli

Casoli

I absolutely love the climbing roses at the entrance of this beautiful accommodation.

The views from Casoli are spectacular.

Casoli

Casoli

 

Casoli

Casoli

Every one of Bagni di Lucca’s villages has something special to offer…don’t miss Casoli. I hope to find the restaurant open on my next visit. I have heard good reports.

Casoli

Casoli

Swim in the Lima

Summer in Italy is hot, especially this year. The water in the Lima River is cold…the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day.

Lima River

We found this inviting place to swim near the bridge to Casoli.

Casoli bridge

Casoli bridge

Lima River

There is a path down to the river. The water looked wonderful. Unfortunately we had no towels or swimsuits so had to content ourselves with an ankle deep paddle.

Lima River

 

I would have loved to dive into the deeper water.

Lima River

Lima River

The water is clear and running fairly quickly. The photos were taken in mid June, so it may have slowed a bit.

Lima River

We saw lots of tadpoles…they are probably frogs now.

Lima River

Happy swimming.

 

Casoli

To get to Casoli it is necessary to cross a tiny, narrow bridge. Turn right if driving from Bagni di Lucca, from the Brennero at the Casoli sign and take this cute bridge.

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Houses were built around a castle at top of a hill and became the village of Casoli. Some remnants of the castle still stand.

At the beginning of the town is a monument to poet Francesco Puccini, who was also known as Geremia. He was born in Casoli in 1686.

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The nearby Oratorio della Madonna all Fontana is well preserved.

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The washing area beside the church is lovely.

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Beside the washing area is one of the old mule tracks which entered the village.

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There is a particularly interesting portal at the top of the track, dating from 1496.

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Come for a walk through the village, starting at the church.

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The village has quite a good looking bar near the car park.

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Take a last look up at the village.

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Then it is back down the narrow, winding road to the bridge.

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Look out for the renovator’s delight opposite the bridge.

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