Babbo Natale

This year in Bagni di Lucca a wonderful team has created La Casa Di Babbo Natale in Villa Web, the villa famous for its part time resident, Lord Byron. My friend Paola kindly visited to take some photos so that we can all see Santa’s house.

Walk up from La Villa, past the Terme, and up to Villa Web.

La Villa

Babbo Natale

Villa Web

Open the front door…

Villa Web

Villa Web

Santa was out, probably discussing travel arrangements with his helpers and getting the toys sorted. His chair was waiting for his return.

Babbo Natale

Santa’s green helpers were on hand to show Paola around.

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Babbo Natale

Santa’s bedroom looked comfortable and inviting. He needs his rest before the big day.

Babbo Natale

The fire was alight, waiting for Santa’s return.

Babbo Natale

The kitchen is looking festive and the table is set ready for Christmas.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

There is a desk where children can sit to write letters to Santa. Several years ago we visited Santa’s home in Finland where we saw the post office where their letters arrive. There are more letters from Italian children than from other countries.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Paola took a look a Santa’s list. I’m sure our names will be on it.

Babbo Natale

Well done to all those who set up Casa di Babbo Natale! Thank you Paola for sharing it with us.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and an excellent 2018.

Presepe Vivente Granaiola

I would love to have been at the Presepe Vivente in Granaiola on the weekend. This event is one of the most delightful things to happen in Bagni di Lucca. The whole community gets involved, turning an ancient village into living theatre.

Local photographer David Bonaventuri took these amazing photos. Please look at his Facebook page for more and while you are there see the amazing photos he takes of our beautiful area.

Presepe Vivente

Presepe Vivente

Presepe Vivente

Presepe Vivente

My friend Paola managed to get her photo taken with baby Jesus, played wonderfully by Rafael Kniver.

Presepe Vivente

She took photos too.

I know the event was enjoyed by all who participated. I will have to stay on through December one year to see it for myself.

Babbo Natale

A delightful Christmas event was held in Bagni di Lucca on the weekend. Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, visited in many forms. There was singing, dancing and a Christmas market.

Valerio Ceccarelli captured the event for all to share.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

 

Babbo Natale

It is amazing how much happens in the villages of Bagni di Lucca.

Merry Christmas from Bagni di Lucca

I wish I was in Bagni di Lucca for Christmas. Perhaps it will snow…I love it when it snows.

I took these photos in winter 2013 when we had deep snow for a few days.

Snow at Ponte a Serraglio

snow in Bagni di Lucca

Perhaps it will happen again this winter.

Merry Christmas to all those who follow the blog. Thank you for coming along for the ride.

Thank you especially to the people who take the time to leave comments. There wouldn’t be much incentive to continue without the nice things you say. It is even more fun to meet followers when they visit Bagni di Lucca, and this is happening more and more.

One of the reasons I write Bella Bagni di Lucca is to share our beautiful collection of villages with the world. Quite a few people have visited our area because of the blog, which is great.

Please share the posts with people you know and maybe we can encourage a few more visitors in 2016…it is fast approaching.

Have a great Christmas!

 

 

Presepe Vivente

The Presepe Vivente, or Living Nativity was held this year in Monti di Villa. The whole village is involved and the residents all take their parts. Everyone dresses up and takes on a role from times past.

3 local photographers were on hand to record the wonderful event…a working peace of art and heritage.

David Bonaventuri is from Montefegstesi. Here are his terrific photos. I particularly love his portraits of the fabulous faces.

David Bonaventuri Presepe Vivente

David Bonaventuri Presepe Vivente

Paul Anthony Davies lives in San Cassiano and is clearly passionate about his subject.

Paul Anthony Davies Presepe Vivente

Paul Anthony Davies Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli  captured the spirit and the culmination of the event, complete with donkey, 3 wise men, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

 

 

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Thank you to all 3 photographers for allowing us to share the event.

For more photos of the Presepe Vivente see Bagni di Lucca and Beyond.

Buon Natale

Merry Christmas to all the followers of Bella Bagni di Lucca. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

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Thank you for following Bella Bagni di Lucca. Perhaps I will see you in our lovely village one day.

I will be back in Bagni di Lucca soon to gather more photos and stories to share with you. If there is anything you would particularly like to see, let me know, and I will do my best to track it down.