Cocciglia looks stunning from the SS Brennero, especially under a gorgeous blue sky.
Cocciglia is just one of the wonderful villages that make up Bagni di Lucca. Each one of the ancient villages has something special. Click here to see a list of the villages. There is a link to a post on each of the villages I have visited.
There is a tiny church beside the SS Brennero at Cocciglia. It is easy to miss as it is below the road, but well worth a visit.
Oratorio di San Rocco was built in 1532.
Ponte Nero crosses the river beside the bridge.
Take the path on the right at the end of the little bridge to Strette di Cocciglia, the narrow rocky part of the river below. Look out for Dragon Regulus who is said to live under the rocks.
I will take you there another day.
Ponte Nero now leads to Canyon Park headquarters, which means lots more people will enjoy this gorgeous place.
Legend has it that Cocciglia was built on land owned by a Roman settler named Cocilius. Only about 80 people now live in the village. It was once an important fortified town which guarded the road leading to Controneria, further up the mountain.
There is a short road to the village from the Brennero Road. On the way is a small church with an impressive bell tower.
The village comes into view just around the corner from the church.
There is also a view across to Pallegio.
There is a walking path opposite the church which appears to lead to the village above.
I took the easy option and drove up the road to the tiny parking area just outside Cocciglia. Come for a walk through the little village.
The church is right at the top of the village.
This is the stone over the door to the church.
On the way up to the church is this quaint statue.
I found the next colourful image on the front of a house.
I saw no people on my walk, but the village is obviously lived in. There are pretty gardens and the houses are in good repair.
The village is no longer isolated, but I can’t help thinking about the lives of people who lived here centuries ago. This place is tiny and life must have been tough. I hope the residents from the past occasionally had time to sit back and enjoy the view.