Carneval Fornoli 2020

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza at Es Vedra

Es Vedra opened recently in Fornoli. It is on the road out of town, just before the bend as you head towards Barga and set back from the road a little to allow parking in front.Es Vedra

As well as pizza there is an excellent taglieri.

Es VedraIt came with pasta fritta and flat bread.

Es Vedra

Es Vedra

We all ordered the spicy pizza with salami, pepperoncini and nduja. It was delicious!

Es Vedra The restaurant is bright and new and the young staff cheerful and helpful.

Es Vedra

Es Vedra

It is a great addition to Fornoli.

Es Vedra

Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII

339 4919880

 

 

A fun day in Fornoli

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 groupsCarneval Fornoli

Carneval Fornoli

Carneval Fornoli

Carneval Fornoli

Carneval Fornoli

Soon they were off for the short walk to Piazza Aldo Moro in Fornoli where the judging of the contestants took place.

Carneval Fornoli

Carneval Fornoli

It was too much for some.

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The contestants were welcomed onto the stage for the judging

Eventually the winners were chosen. The children from Borgo a Mozzano came third.

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San Cassiano took second place.

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Fabbriche di Casabasciana won first prize to much cheering.

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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.

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Everyone spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the food and craft stalls and other fun and games.

Then and now, Ponte delle Catene

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.

 

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

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)

Ponte Catene

Today the bridge is still impressive.

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

There are excellent views to be had from the bridge.

Ponte Catene

Ponte Catene

…just another of the treasures in Bagni di Lucca.