This year the Living Nativity event will be held in Granaiola.
This is one of the highlights of the year in Bagni di Lucca. Here are a couple of photos from past events.
Be there on 3rd December if you can.
Il Biribisso in Granaiola has had a makeover. The outdoor area is looking great.
We ate under the cover of the terrace on a cool evening.
The food at Il Biribisso is excellent. I ordered the mixed grill.
Another in the party had a great pizza.
There was little of the shared tagliata left behind.
The evening view over the mountains is worth the visit to Il Biribisso alone.
The restaurant is opposite the Granaiola carpark, you can’t miss it.
In late spring Granaiola looked gorgeously green.
Grape vines were growing well.
Gardens were flourishing.
The renovator’s delight I photographed a while ago is still there.
The surrounding mountains and villages shone in the sun.
Ponte a Serraglio lies in the valley below.
In the distance you can see Pieve di Monti di Villa, Monte di Villa and Riolo.
Pieve di Monti di Villa.
Monti di Villa.
If you look really carefully through the trees you can see Bugnano, the abandoned village.
Biribisso is a great restaurant in Granaiola…must go back soon.
Spring will soon be here and that will be great…but I do like the winter landscapes, especially the lovely mists that swirl in and around the mountains.
I don’t have to go far to see the misty views. From my balcony, or from the bridge below, Granaiola puts on a fine show on winter mornings.
It is raining now, which is good for my flowers. So far we haven’t had the predicted heavy falls…and we don’t want them.
Christmas is a lovely time to be in Bagni di Lucca. Christmas lights appear, panettone is eaten and little festivals happen.
One of the most delightful of these is the Presepi Viventi…Living Nativity. This year Granaiola was turned into a living nativity scene. It was a cold afternoon but everyone kept warm with wine, crepes and roasted chestnuts.
Visitors walked through the village to witness displays of traditonal crafts, food and entertainment. It is wonderful to see everyone take part.
Here are some photos kindly forwarded by my friend Belinda.
I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Kevan and Maureen have created the most amazing farmhouse accommodation at La Balconata, their beautiful stone house in Granaiola. I saw the house before the renovation and what they have achieved is nothing short of miraculous.
From a crumbling stone building has emerged a delightfully rustic home in the best sense of the word. Furniture and cupboards have been lovingly created from old timber and found objects. Ancient tiles were retrieved, cleaned and laid by hand in great style. Curtains and soft furnishing have been created by Maureen and her beautiful sculptures are dotted throughout the rooms along with Kevan’s creative photography.
Here is the living room and reading rooms.
The bedrooms, 2 doubles and a twin.
The upstairs hallway.
The bathrooms…I love the colours and the little touches. Maureen made the bowls and soap dishes.
The kitchen. Kevan made all the cupboards and benches.
The museum wall in the kitchen.
Look at this amazing door that Kevan built.
The old floor tiles and the new ones Maureen made for the entrance.
Maureen’s sculptures…there are lots more in her own house, but that will be the subject of another post.
…and then there is the view and the garden.
…and the table set for lunch.
It would be difficult to find a more relaxing and peaceful way to spend time in our little part of Tuscany. Kevan and Maureen want their guests to feel at home and enjoy the beautiful space they have created.
Go to www.labalconata.com for more information.
Il Biribisso in Granaiola has an outdoor barbecue in summer…an excellent reason to go there. There is a lovely outdoor terrace, the perfect place to sit on a warm summer night.
The outdoor barbecue was not operating the night we were there, but we enjoyed our mixed grill just the same.
They also serve great pasta.
Our desserts were delicious.
The restaurant is great in all seasons, so even though summer is almost over Biribisso is an excellent place to eat.
I can’t resist the views of Ponte a Serraglio and other Bagni di Lucca villages from Granaiola.
As we were leaving the restaurant the moon peeped out from behind a cloud for us.
Il Biribisso, Piazza Nicola Dorati (opposite the car park)
On one of our rare sunny spring days I visited Granaiola to walk through the village and enjoy the spectacular views of Ponte a Serraglio and several other villages that make up Bagni di Lucca from the high vantage point.
Granaiola is a short drive from Ponte a Serraglio. The car park is at the top of the village…come for a walk with me through the narrow streets.
There is a fine selection of green doors.
I found a couple of renovators’ delights for you.
There is always a cat or two.
I ran into the delightful Stefano who lives alone in Granaiola since his beloved wife died three years ago. The photo I took didn’t turn out well, but here is one I took a couple of years ago at a celebration in Bagni di Lucca when he was wearing his spectacular Bersaglieri hat.
His companion is the lovely Stellina. I’m sure Stellina is a very pampered cat.
…now the views from Granaiola. You can see Lugliano on a mountain top nearby.
…and Colle below.
There are wonderful views of Ponte a Serraglio on either side of the Lima River.
Pieve di Monti di Villa and Monti di Villa are higher up.
Riolo is the village on the lower right.
The blue sky was amazing!
The Lazzi bus going to Monti di Villa will take you to Granaiola. They leave La Villa a couple of times a day. If you are reasonably fit you can walk to Granaiola from Ponte a Serraglio. It is much easier coming down.
Click here to see the previous post on Granaiola.
Lucky Granaiola sits in warm sunshine most of the time. It is 416 metres above sea level on top of a ridge. The 125 inhabitants get magnificent views of the valley below and the mountains around them.
This is my view of Granaiola from Ponte a Serraglio.
This is their view of Ponte a Serraglio.
The pretty village houses cling to the side of the hill. Come for a walk along the narrow streets.
Granaiola has a birds’ eye view of Colle.
…and across to Lugliano.
…and to Monti di Villa.
These photos were taken last year…time for another visit to Granaiola.
There is to be an exhibition at the Casino at Ponte a Serraglio… An Homage to Women….with 24 artists, including painters, sculptors and photographers.
The opening ceremony will be at 6.00pm Friday 8th March, followed by a harp recital by Anna-Livia and a buffet (€5 donation)
The exhibition will run from 8th – 15th March.
Saturday and Sunday….4.00 – 8.00pm
Monday – Friday….5.00 – 8.00pm