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

 

A tornado in Bagni di Lucca

If you read my other blog, Bagni di Lucca and Beyond, you will know that we had a tornado in Bagni di Lucca on Wednesday night.  Many residents would have spent a terrifying night listening to the fierce wind tearing up trees and tiles from their roofs.

La Villa was very badly hit and the beautiful little park has been devasted. Trees that are hundreds of years old have been uprooted and snapped off.Damage at La Villa

Damage at La Villa

The clean up was quick and efficient in La Villa. The broken tiles have all been cleaned up from the streets and the fallen trees are being cut into smaller pieces for removal.

Damage at La Villa

Damage at La Villa

I went for a walk through La Villa and was pleased to see that things were back in order. There is some roof damage in several buildings, including Circolo dei Forestieri, the pharmacy and Villa Ada.

Circolo dei Forestieri

The pharmacy roof at La Villa

Villa Ada damage

Villa Ada damage

Lots of trees are down in the garden on Villa Ada, but the roof damage doesn’t look as bad from the back of the building.

Villa Ada garden

Villa Ada damage

The trees have been removed from the church in Corsena.

Church in Corsena

A crane is at work in the nearby cemetery to help with the clean up.

damage at the cemetery

Many roads to the outlying villages are cut by fallen trees. There is going to be lots of work for woodcutters for quite some time cleaning up the mess.

fallen trees

Fallen trees

It was a beautiful day here today, the sun was shining and it almost felt like a spring day. It is hard to believe that this strange weather event happened at all.

It has come to my attention that the villages of Gombereto, Veteglia, San Gemignano, San Cassiano and Pieve di Controne have been badly damaged. Francis has been to the area and has some photos and news of the damage.

Click here and here to see his posts.