Il Pozzo

Bagni di Lucca is on the edge of the Garfagnana. The area lies between the Apennine and Apuan Alps in the upper valley of the Serchio river. It is almost entirely mountainous and heavily wooded.

It is also dotted with pretty villages, which will take years to discover. I recently visited Pieve Fosciana. It is tiny, with a cluster of houses around the church of St John Battista, one of the most ancient in Garfagnana.

Come for a little walk through Pieve Fosciana…

There are lots of narrow cobble stone laneways and pretty gardens, the usual interesting doorways and building decorations.

Pieve Fosciana

Pieve Fosciana

I was impressed with this house in particular. The residents have gone to some trouble with the facade.

Pieve Fosciana

Pieve Fosciana

The main reason for my visit to Pieve Fosciana was to try restaurant Il Pozzo. I have heard it is one of the best in Garfagnana.

Il Pozzo Pieve Fosciana

They have an indoor dining area and a very big terrace. I was the first there for lunch, but it soon filled up, mostly with local workers. You know a restaurant is good when the locals arrive in number.

Il Pozzo Pieve Fosciana

Il Pozzo Pieve Fosciana

Il Pozzo Pieve FoscianaThe restaurant prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients served in a traditional way, with a slightly modern twist.

Il Pozzo Pieve Fosciana

I ordered the pasta with lobster.

Il Pozzo Pieve Fosciana

Followed by guinea fowl with truffles…they were both excellent.

Il Pozzo Pieve Fosciana

The service was very friendly and I could see that most of the other patrons were regulars. They also do a workmans’ lunch for a set price…I will try that next time.

If you can drag yourself away from the very good restaurants in Bagni di Lucca, try Il Pozzo, I’m sure you will like it.

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.

Lovely Limano

Limano is 538 metres above sea level and offers gorgeous views over the Lima valley and the surrounding mountains.

Limano

Limano

Limano

Limano

Limano

Limano

Limano

Limano

Limano

The centre of the town is Piazza Gave, with its 16th century fountain.Limano

Five narrow cobblestone streets radiate from the piazza. Come for a walk…

Limano

Limano

Limano

I was in Limano in very early summer and there were flowers everywhere.

Take the time to walk through lovely Limano.

Limano

Colourful Casoli

Casoli sits 586 metres above sea level on the edge of a steep cliff over the Lima River. It is 13 kilometres from La Villa, the centre of Bagni di Lucca. Take the Brennero towards Abetone and cross the lovely Ponte Maggio and follow the narrow, winding road to the village.

There is a car park at the entrance to Casoli, in front of the bar/cafe, which wasn’t open on the day I was there.

Casoli

Not far away is a lovely little church, and beside it the mule track to the next village.

Casoli

Casoli

The old washing area is still there, but no longer used.

Casoli

Come for a walk through Casoli.

There are a couple of gorgeous B&Bs in the village.

Casoli

Casoli

Casoli

Casoli

I absolutely love the climbing roses at the entrance of this beautiful accommodation.

The views from Casoli are spectacular.

Casoli

Casoli

 

Casoli

Casoli

Every one of Bagni di Lucca’s villages has something special to offer…don’t miss Casoli. I hope to find the restaurant open on my next visit. I have heard good reports.

Casoli

Casoli

Green Granaiola

In late spring Granaiola looked gorgeously green.

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Grape vines were growing well.

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Gardens were flourishing.

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

The renovator’s delight I photographed a while ago is still there.

Granaiola

The surrounding mountains and villages shone in the sun.

Granaiola

Granaiola

Granaiola

Ponte a Serraglio lies in the valley below.

Granaiola

Granaiola

In the distance you can see Pieve di Monti di Villa, Monte di Villa and Riolo.

Granaiola

Pieve di Monti di Villa.

Pieve di Monti di Villa

Monti di Villa.

Monti di Villa

Riolo.

Riolo

If you look really carefully through the trees you can see Bugnano, the abandoned village.

Bugnano

Biribisso is a great restaurant in Granaiola…must go back soon.

Biribisso

…gorgeous Graniaola.