My previous post on Guzzano was in late winter. The village looks great in all seasons, but I thought some early summer photos would be in order.
Guzzano is just 10 minutes drive from La Villa on the road up to San Cassiano and Montefegatesi. The views are stunning from the village.
A walk along the narrow lanes reveals some lovely houses and gardens.
The little church is dwarfed by the gorgeous tree in front of it.
The budding fruit on the trees and vines would have ripened by now and some of it already eaten…delicious.
Another visit in autumn is in order.
There was a small earthquake in Bagni di Lucca earlier this year. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but there was some structural damage to some of the ancient buildings in the area.
The 16th century church of Madonna della Neve in Guzzano suffered considerable internal damage.
The chapel was completed in 1537. In that year the pre-existing chapel was restored and enlarged to its current size and shape. Inside the chapel are notable works of art, including a statue of the Virgin with Child attributed to Della Robbia.
Claudio Gemignani of Gombereto is heading up an effort to raise funds in Italy to help save the church. Ann Barsi is looking after efforts in the USA where $5,000 has already been raised.
Ann Barsi’s book, “Pieve di Controne – 2012” will be sold at the Gombereto Medieval Festival on 31st August and all the proceeds will be donated to the restoration.
I hope you can all make it to the festival and buy a book to help the church.
Click here to see more on the book.
email Sig. Barsi at email@example.com for more information on the fundraising efforts.
Look for the bright pink house as you enter Guzzano.
Guzzano is only 10 minutes from La Villa, on the road towards Montefegatesi. It is a beautiful little village where most of the houses are occupied full time. We visited on a gorgeous, early spring afternoon. It was a bit hazy, but the views are still dramatic.
We think this sign is asking drivers to watch out for dogs.
The tree in front of the church is going to look very impressive soon.
Now, to the geese. We came upon a flock of geese out for a stroll…and what a handsome bunch they were.
That is the boy in front, giving orders.
The girls are answering back.
He wants the grass she is eating.
He really wants it.
Let’s go this way.
No, that way.
These geese are very vocal. I wish I understood goose.
Sadly, since I was in Guzzano taking these photos, one of the female geese and a gosling were killed by a weasel. Life can be very cruel.