Gorgeous Granaiola

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.

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There is a fine selection of green doors.

I found a couple of renovators’ delights for you.

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There is always a cat or two.

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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.

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His companion is the lovely Stellina. I’m sure Stellina is a very pampered cat.

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…now the views from Granaiola. You can see Lugliano on a mountain top nearby.

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…and Colle below.

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There are wonderful views of Ponte a Serraglio on either side of the Lima River.

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Pieve di Monti di Villa and Monti di Villa are higher up.

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Riolo is the village on the lower right.

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The blue sky was amazing!

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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.

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.

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This is their view of Ponte a Serraglio.

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The pretty village houses cling to the side of the hill. Come for a walk along the narrow streets.

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Granaiola has a birds’ eye view of Colle.

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…and across to Lugliano.

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…and to Monti di Villa.

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These photos were taken last year…time for another visit to Granaiola.

LOCAL INFORMATION

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