Sala

Between rain showers I went to see Sala, a Localita of Bagni di Lucca. To get there, follow the sign to Casabasciana from the SS Brennero. Before you get to Casabasciana there is a sign on the right pointing to Sala.

The road into Sala is lovely.

Sala BdL

Someone has been busy chopping wood.

Sala BdL

…arriving in Sala.

Sala BdL

Sala BdL

There is a serious bocce pitch…is that the correct word? It is at the entrance to the town.

Sala BdL

Only a handful of people live in Sala, but those who do, look after their little piece of heaven. The houses are all cared for and the gardens are beautiful…come for a walk through the hamlet.

Sala BdL

There are a couple of archways leading into the group of houses.

Sala BdL

Sala BdL

 

 

Sala BdL

I found a path with a huge cherry tree, laden with almost ripe fruit.

Sala BdL

Sala BdL

Sala BdL

I also found walnut trees, grapes and kiwi vines.

Going through another arch there was a happy tortoise enjoying a bath.

Sala tortoise

It reminded me a bit of Yoda.

Sala tortoise

The gardens are thriving under the obvious care of their owners. There are flowers everywhere.

Sala

Sala

Sala

There are views up to Casabasciana.

Sala view of Casabasciana

…and across to Brandeglio.

Brandeglio from SalaSala is another delightful part of Bagni di Lucca. I can see why people would love to live here.

 

Ponte Maggio

There are several bridges crossing the Lima River in Bagni di Lucca, but Ponte Maggio which crosses to Casoli is probably the prettiest.

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

The river looks very inviting from the bridge. I went down to the water here last year and dipped my toes in. I was very tempted to dive in.

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

It was a bit cool on my recent visit, but I’m sure this bit of the river will be popular when the weather warms up.

Presepe Vivente

The Presepe Vivente, or Living Nativity was held this year in Monti di Villa. The whole village is involved and the residents all take their parts. Everyone dresses up and takes on a role from times past.

3 local photographers were on hand to record the wonderful event…a working peace of art and heritage.

David Bonaventuri is from Montefegstesi. Here are his terrific photos. I particularly love his portraits of the fabulous faces.

David Bonaventuri Presepe Vivente

David Bonaventuri Presepe Vivente

Paul Anthony Davies lives in San Cassiano and is clearly passionate about his subject.

Paul Anthony Davies Presepe Vivente

Paul Anthony Davies Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli  captured the spirit and the culmination of the event, complete with donkey, 3 wise men, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

 

 

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Thank you to all 3 photographers for allowing us to share the event.

For more photos of the Presepe Vivente see Bagni di Lucca and Beyond.

A little chapel

On the road into Ponte a Serraglio (SS Brennero) there is a little chapel…just in front of the parked silver car on the left.

SS Brennero Ponte a Serraglio

I have driven and walked past it for years and have never noticed it until recently.

Ponte chapel

It is is reasonable condition.

Ponte chapel

It looks quite pretty from the front.

Ponte chapel

There is a semicircular seat in the front, a nice place to rest before visiting the chapel.

Ponte chapel

The interior is well kept.

Ponte chapel

Beside it is a ruin…a wall and a set of steps. I wonder what that was.

Ponte chapel

Does anyone know anything about the chapel?

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