Bagni di Lucca Arts Festival comes to an end

The first Bagni di Lucca Arts Festival is drawing to a close. It has been a very successful event and is a credit to the organisers.

I haven’t been around Ponte a Serraglio for the festival, but I have been able to keep up with the activities through the efforts of friends who have sent photos.

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For an excellent roundup of the festival please go to Michael and Shona’s Blog. They have been involved from the beginning to the almost end and can fill you in on some of the details.

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I’m sure plans are already underway for next year.

The Demidoff Temple

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The neo-classical building sits beside the lovely Camaione stream, which enters the nearby Lima River at Ponte a Serraglio.

The Demidoff Temple was built in 1831 by grateful Russian Prince, Nicolaj Demidoff, who was delighted to have his gout cured in the thermal waters of Bagni di Lucca. The round building with 4 pillars was designed by architect Giacomo Marracci. It followed the building in 1826 of the Demidoff Hospital, joined by a bridge to the temple. The hospital is now the Villaggio Globale, a holistic health centre.

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Budding artists in Bagni di Lucca

On a wet weekend what could be better than gathering with friends to learn something about painting? Morena from Borgo degli Artisti offered her services over 2 afternoons to teach some local children at the studio in Ponte a Serraglio.

On the first day the children learned to mix colours, and about the colour spectrum.

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On the second day the children learned about shading, and set about to paint a Christmas scene.

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Some of the paintings will be framed and displayed in the gallery at Christmas time. I hope you will all come to Borgo degli Artisti at Ponte a Serraglio to see them.

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Perhaps you can buy a painting before the artist becomes famous.

A weekend of fun and Pinocchio in Bagni di Lucca

La Villa, the commercial centre of Bagni di Lucca, hosted a charming festival on the weekend. The fun activities were inspired by the stories of Pinocchio, which were written in the nearby village of Collodi.

There were stalls selling Pinocchio articles, arts and crafts, food (of course), games and activities for children and street performers.

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Patrizia’s fruit shop with a few extra goodies.

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Ilario from Del Sonno cooks up a storm.

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What I loved the most was seeing children joining in a having fun doing simple things…… not a computer game in sight.

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It was a good excuse for the adults to dress up and have some fun too.

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Even a princess needs to eat.

If you are really lucky, you will happen upon one of these delightful local festivals when you are in Italy….bring a costume just in case.