We discovered a great new place to enjoy aperitivo not far from Bagni di Lucca, in Ghivizzano.
Eat Valley offers an excellent selection of wine and aperitivo delights. Everything was delicious. We decided to eat outside on a warm evening.
There are excellent tasting rooms inside.
There is also a well stocked shop selling a range of local products.
The restaurant specialises in grilled meats.
Thank you Vera and Ronaldo for a delightful evening.
Viale Nazionale 193
(39) 370 3478099
We have had mixed weather for the last few days. Today was glorious with blue sky and light wind, but there has been heavy rain, fierce wind, hail and snow on the mountains.
The snow melted quickly in the warm sun, but it was pretty while it lasted.
Not far from Bagni di Lucca is the lovely hilltop town of Ghivizzano. At the gateway to the magnificent Garfagnana, the town dates back to the 900s.
The town is dominated by the castle on top of the hill. The arched entrance at lower end of town takes you through covered alleyways and through winding cobblestone streets up to the church and castle.
Of course, the views are beautiful from the high position.
We wandered slowly upwards.
We were there on the day of a festival in the courtyard in front of the castle…a perfect place to hold an archery competition in full costume.
It is possible to climb the tower at the castle, so of course we did.
Keep an eye out for festivals at Ghivizzano. The castle is a great venue and it really gives you an idea of life in different times.