New trees for the park

Last year a mini tornado ripped through some of the villages of Bagni di Lucca. Some lovely old trees were destroyed in the the park in La Villa.

New trees have been planted in time for spring growth. Several Magnolia Grandiflora are in place.

Park La Villa

The existing trees are looking good.

Park Villa Fiori

The magnolias have almost finished flowering and the leaves are beginning to appear.

Park La Villa

Luckily, the little tower and the fountain were not damaged.

Park La Villa

Park La Villa

Park La Villa

Park La Villa

The children’s playground is well used. The weather has been lovely and it is great to see children out and about.

Park La Villa

The grass needs cutting, but I love to see the tiny daisies growing everywhere.

Park La Villa

Well done! I don’t know who is responsible, but it is excellent to see that the park is being taken care of.

Shelley House

La Villa has a delightful new addition to the shopping scene.  Shelley House is an art gallery and book shop. It packs a lot into a tiny space.

They stock a good range of fiction, poetry, Italian Art, Opera, Italian recipe books, local history…in several languages. There are also books about Shelley, Keats and English poets who visited Bagni di Lucca.

Shelley House is a special place where you can find and buy works of art by painters and sculptors. If you are an artist they can organise and exhibition for you.

Meet Luca Guidi and Rebecca Palagi…drop in to say hello.

Shelley House

Shelley House is at number 78 Via Umberto I. It is open Thursday to Saturday 9.30 am until 6.00pm.

Shelley House

Then and now…Elisa Baciocchi’s house

Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon’s sister, liked to spend her summers in Bagni di Lucca, where the air was cooler and fresher than in Lucca.

She had the road from Lucca upgraded and built a house above La Villa in 1811.

Elisa Baciocchi's house

Elisa Baciocchi's house

It is still there and in quite good condition. I think it has been converted to apartments.

Elisa Baciocchi villa

Elisa Baciocchi villa

Elisa Baciocchi villa

It is good to see one of the old buildings being looked after.

The park in La Villa

The lovely park in La Villa was devastated earlier this year when a tornado ripped through it, tearing up several of the old trees. Some were hundreds of years old.

The mess has been cleaned up, but it looks a bit bare.

Park La Villa

Park La Villa

Park La Villa

I have heard there have been fund raising efforts to collect money to help rehabilitate the park. I look forward to seeing the results. It will be great to see some new trees planted.

Click here, here and here to see the park after the tornado.

Trattoria Borghesi

Trattoria Borghesi  was an institution in Bagni di Lucca for many years and everyone was disappointed when it closed a couple of years ago.

So when it reopened earlier this year there was much excitement. I missed the opening but recently went for lunch. Like many places in the area, a workman’s lunch for a set price is offered. For €11 you get first course, second course, side dish, water, wine and coffee.

Trattoria Borghese

We chose the chicken, torta salata, vegetables and pasta.

Chicken scallopina

Torta salata

Vegetables Trattoria Borghese

Pasta Trattoria Borghese

On another occasion there was soup, past with peas, ham and tomato, roast beef and eggplant…all delicious.

Trattoria Borghese

Trattoria Borghese

Trattoria Borghese

Trattoria Borghese

The food was very good and the service excellent.

The bar and restaurant have been renovated and look very clean and modern.

Trattoria Borghese

Trattoria Borghese

Trattoria Borghese

I’m sure Trattoria Borghesi is once again going to be very popular.

Trattoria Borghesi…85 Via Umberto I, La Villa.

 

Pinocchio returns

The Pinocchio festival returned to Bagni di Lucca on the weekend.

It was opened by the mayor and a band.Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Thank you to Rosi for the photos above, I missed the start.

The band played and some young spectators were keen to try their dance steps.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

There were stalls selling all kinds of things and the stall owners got into the spirit of things by dressing up.

It was fun to see some wool preparation, old equipment and some serious knitting and crochet.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

…and some wood sawing.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

There were stilt walkers and magicians to entertain the crowds.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

…a slide for the children.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Best of all are the children playing old fashioned games with their parents watching close by.

This little girl looks very pretty with her painted face.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

This is is one cool dude.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

I like the mode of transport.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Even Pinocchio needs a rest.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

This festival is excellent. I have been to a couple now and it is a fun weekend in La Villa…long may it continue.

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Pinocchio festival Bagni di Lucca

Night comes to La Villa

La Villa is the commercial centre of Bagni di Lucca. It is the village most people think of as Bagni di Lucca, which is actually a collection of small villages scattered along the Lima River and in the mountains either side of it.

It is possible to see most of La Villa from a hill above.

La Villa

La Villa

The beautiful pool with a view is visible.

La Villa

La Villa

…and the ancient church.

La Villa

…and the beautiful park.

La Villa

The table is set for a quiet evening above La Villa.

La Villa

La Villa

Soon the sun goes down and the lights come on.

La Villa

La Villa

La Villa

 

La Villa

La Villa

La Villa