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

Porcini mushrooms

Now is the time for porcini mushrooms in our area. It has been very dry, not good for mushrooms, but some have been gathered in Garfagnana and have appeared at Ristorante Del Sonno in La Villa.

porcini mushrooms

Porcini mushrooms

…just perfect for a delicious mushroom risotto.

Mushroom risotto at Del Sonno

The recent rain should have more growing in the forests…we wait patiently or impatiently as the case may be.

Local news…

Don’t miss the Pinocchio festival in La Villa this weekend…it is always a lot of fun.

Pinocchio festival

Merry Christmas from Bagni di Lucca

Christmas is a lovely time to be in Bagni di Lucca. Christmas lights appear, panettone is eaten and little festivals happen.

One of the most delightful of these is the Presepi Viventi…Living Nativity. This year Granaiola was turned into a living nativity scene. It was a cold afternoon but everyone kept warm with wine, crepes and roasted chestnuts.

Visitors walked through the village to witness displays of traditonal crafts, food and entertainment. It is wonderful to see everyone take part.

Here are some photos kindly forwarded by my friend Belinda.

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

 

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

Presepi Viventi Granaiola

I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

What’s happening in Bagni di Lucca?

There are a few things happening in Bagni di Lucca soon.

Firstly, on 12th and 13th June at the Sala Parocchiale at Via Vittorio Emanuele, 32 in Ponte a Serraglio there will be a puppet show for children. The show is being performed by the Carideo Clan and Friends and promises to be a lot of fun. Come along at 7.00pm.

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Onn Saturday 15 June at the Piazza delle Ponte Catene is a tug-of-war, for men, women and children. Be there at 4.00pm.

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This Sunday, 16th June is the day of the Palio della Val di LimaPalio della Balestra…the crossbow competition. I went last year and just happen to have some photos. Click here for more on the event. I strongly urge you to attend this one. It starts at around 9.00am and runs all day in Bagni alla Villa, with the competition taking place in the grounds of the Villa Ada.

In Fornoli on June 23rd the Festival to welcome summer will take place. This one is new for me. I hope we have a fine day. Be in Piazza Aldo Moro in Fornoli at 3.00pm. At 8.15 there will be dinner under the stars at a cost of 15 euro…to book call 347 07756788.

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Doves in Villa Fiori Park

La Festa della Colombina…the festival of the little dove…is to be held on 19th May in the beautiful Villa Fiori Park in Ponte a Serraglio.

There was a tradition in the late 1800s to bake bread in the shape of a dove and serve it in the Ponte a Serraglio cafes. There will be an opportunity to taste Colombina in the park along with other treats.

Stalls selling local products will be there and you will be able to join in games from the time of our grandparents…adults and children together.

For a small fee it will be possible to paint your own Colombina…a small statuette designed by Maureen Halson. Here are 2 we prepared earlier.

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I walked past the Villa Fiori Park a little while ago and the gardener was there preparing the park for us. I hope you will all come from about 10.00am on Sunday 19th May for what I am sure will be a fun day. There is lots of parking beside the Park.

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As well as this, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May the Croce Rossa Italiana, (Red Cross) Bagni di Lucca branch, will be presenting a health care information event.

It is to be held in the piazza in front of the Circolo dei Forestieri from 3.00pm – 6.30pm on Saturday and on Sunday from 10.00am – 1.00pm and 3.00pm6.30pm. It is free of charge. I think everyone should attend this…I’m sure we would all like to lead healthy lives.

From now until 18th May check what is happening at Teatro Accademico. The School Theatre Festival, which has been running for 20 years is on over the next few weeks, with performances by local school children. To see more about this step over to From London to Longoio.

I had a small complaint recently that I only talk about events after they have happened. It is not always easy to know what is going on in the area. I try to keep my eyes and ears open, but often things are not all that well publicised.

If you are organising and event, or know of something happening, and you would like to me to talk about it, please email me at debrakolkka@gmail.com and I will do my best to write about it on the blog.