Today was glorious in Bagni di Lucca. I went for a walk from Ponte a Serraglio to Fornoli to make the most of the warm sunshine.
The fun for the student participants, their teachers and parents began around 2.00pm on Sunday across the Ponte Catene.
Everyone gathered in the square with great excitement. The theme of this year’s carneval was the Olympics. It was interesting to see the different interpretations.
Soon the officicials opened proceedings.
And the band began to play.
The procession made its way across the bridge.
It worked its way down the main street.
They gathered in the piazza waiting for the performances to begin.
The infants’ school from Fornoli presented their show, the race between the hares and the tortoises.
The next group performed.
It was the infants’ school from San Cassiano.
The students from Borgo a Mozzano came next. We wondered what the blue fabric was for. We soon found out it was the stream for the canoe team.
Then came the swimmers.
…and the equestrian team.
The fencing team fought with flowers…an excellent idea.
The cycle team really enjoyed themselves.
Corsagna school followed with an Ancient Greek view of the Olympics.
The Fornoli entry was colourful.
The last group sang for us.
The judges retired to consider their choices for the prizes. They soon returned and the first announcement was for the third place which went to Fornoli school.
In second place was Corsagna.
The winners were the students from Borgo a Mozzano.
Top marks to everyone for the wonderful event. Students, teachers, parent and friends clearly spent many hours to present such a delightful spectacle and it was great fun for participants and spectators.
Thank you Marco Nicoli and the team for organising the event again.
As well as pizza there is an excellent taglieri.
We all ordered the spicy pizza with salami, pepperoncini and nduja. It was delicious!
It is a great addition to Fornoli.
Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII
Fornoli put on a great show today for Carneval. It was a day for the children to take centre stage…with the help of their teachers and parents. 6 local school teams paraded in their costumes. The theme this year was food.
It was a glorious day. Winter sun shone down on the activities. All the participants gathered in the piazza on the Chifenti side of the Ponte della Catene. There were last minute details to attend to and friends to greet before the parade started. The band practised and the children lined up in their groups
Soon they were off for the short walk to Piazza Aldo Moro in Fornoli where the judging of the contestants took place.
It was too much for some.
The contestants were welcomed onto the stage for the judging
Eventually the winners were chosen. The children from Borgo a Mozzano came third.
San Cassiano took second place.
Fabbriche di Casabasciana won first prize to much cheering.
I think they were all winners. Clearly everyone put in a great effort to make the day a success. Congratulations to all.
A special thank you to Marco Nicoli for his hard work and commitment.
Everyone spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the food and craft stalls and other fun and games.
Ponte delle Catene, the chain suspension bridge that connects Fornoli and Chifenti is now a pedestrian bridge. It was commissioned by Carlo Ludovico in 1840 after the original stone bridge dating from 1317 was washed away in a flood.
Here are some old photos.
Lorenzo Nottolini was the architect. He erected arches reminiscent of Roman Triumphal arches on either side of the river. The wooden roadway was destroyed by retreating Germans in WWII. It was replaced in 1950.
This is a photo of the bridge during the reconstruction. (Thank you to Alessandro for the correction)
Today the bridge is still impressive.
There are excellent views to be had from the bridge.
…just another of the treasures in Bagni di Lucca.