Here is a photo of Il Monumento ai Caduti in La Villa in 1940.
I like it with the trees.
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.
We chose the chicken, torta salata, vegetables and pasta.
On another occasion there was soup, past with peas, ham and tomato, roast beef and eggplant…all delicious.
The food was very good and the service excellent.
The bar and restaurant have been renovated and look very clean and modern.
I’m sure Trattoria Borghesi is once again going to be very popular.
Trattoria Borghesi…85 Via Umberto I, La Villa.
The Pinocchio festival returned to Bagni di Lucca on the weekend.
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.
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.
…and some wood sawing.
There were stilt walkers and magicians to entertain the crowds.
…a slide for the children.
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.
This is is one cool dude.
I like the mode of transport.
Even Pinocchio needs a rest.
This festival is excellent. I have been to a couple now and it is a fun weekend in La Villa…long may it continue.
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.
The beautiful pool with a view is visible.
…and the ancient church.
…and the beautiful park.
The table is set for a quiet evening above La Villa.
Soon the sun goes down and the lights come on.
The beautiful public pool in La Villa is open for summer.
See here for a previous post about the pool, with more photos and information. The phone number for the pool is 0583 86254.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The trees have been removed from the church in Corsena.
A crane is at work in the nearby cemetery to help with the clean up.
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.
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.