Geraniums at Ponte a Serraglio

The geraniums on the bridge at Ponte a Serraglio are thriving this year.

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I planted them last month and have been taking care of them. There has been some rain, which makes things easier.

I leave for Australia soon and won’t be back until autumn. Annalisa from Bar Italia has kindly offered to let us use her tap beside the bar to water the flowers on the bridge.

I will leave a watering can at the bar. It would be great if anyone interested in keeping the bridge looking good could help out with watering.

Thank you in advance.

Rent a bike in Bagni di Lucca

I was recently asked if it is possible to rent a bike in Bagni di Lucca and I can happily report that a smart young man has begun a business to do just this. It is possible to rent an E-bike and join guided E-bike tours. Drop in and talk to Diego.

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike adventure tours

E-bike Adventure organises MTB and Pedal Assisted bike tours in our gorgeous mountains. Enjoy breathtaking views from our mountain villages and river valleys.

E-Bike Adventure Tours… Viale Umberto I, Bagni di Lucca Villa

info@ebikeadventuretour.it

http://www.ebikeadventuretour.it

Yoga retreat

Tuscany Arts and Healing is organising a yoga retreat day on 26th May. Joann Connington will conduct the retreat at the very beautiful I Romiti del Torrente in Fabbriche di Vallico. It is a former Augustinian monastery high above the River Torrite.

Tuscany Arts and Healing

The class will be taught in English and is suitable for all levels of ability. A delicious vegetarian lunch will be served on the terrace (weather permitting)

The cost for the day is €75 which includes yoga instruction, all yoga props, vegetarian lunch and resfreshments.

For more details please email tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

Or look at the website http://www.tuscanyartsandhealing.com

Flowers and art in Lucca

The annual flower display in conjunction with the celebration for Saint Zita is on in Lucca right now.

As well as the display in front of the San Frediano church, the anfiteatro is full of gorgeous plants available for sale. It is a lovely time to be in the piazza.

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The flowers will be in the anfiteatro until Friday this week.

Sculptures by artist Jimenez Deredia are being installed in various locations around Lucca. We found some beside the San Michele church and Piazza San Martino.

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The art pieces will be on display until 10th September…plenty of time to find them.

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Lucca

Lucca

Walking tracks

One of the things I am most asked for about Bagni di Lucca is information on walking trails in the area.  The villages that make up Bagni di Lucca are beautiful and there are old mule trails between most of them.

The trails are reasonably well marked once you find them and it is great fun to walk between the villages. The forest is not too dense and the views can be spectacular.

I visited the Information Centre and found a couple of maps.

Mule trails Bagni di Lucca

The orange lines represent roads. The orange broken lines are unsealed roads. The green lines are walking, mountain bike and horse trails and the broken green lines are waking tracks.

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On this map the coloured lines represent walking trails, the double black lines are the roads and the broken black lines are unsealed roads.

You can find the originals at the Information Centre in La Villa. It is in Via Umberto I, not far from the Comune building. The young women who work there are very helpful.