Babbo Natale

A delightful Christmas event was held in Bagni di Lucca on the weekend. Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, visited in many forms. There was singing, dancing and a Christmas market.

Valerio Ceccarelli captured the event for all to share.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

 

Babbo Natale

It is amazing how much happens in the villages of Bagni di Lucca.

In the shade

I wish I was in Bagni di Lucca right now to see the excellent umbrella installation in the main street of La Villa.

I have gathered some great photos taken by those who are there to share the colourful display. Thank you Liz and Alan, Sheila and Marco Pistolozzi. (If I missed anyone, please let me know)

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Umbrellas Bagni di Lucca

Top marks to those who organised the event.

The mayor was on hand to initiate the celebrations.

Bagni di Lucca

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.