The best view in Montefegatesi?

I went to a lovely party in Montefegatesi just before I left for Australia. Montefegatesi is one of my favourite villages, and we walked almost to the top to the house of our friend.

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The house is perched on the side of a hill overlooking the gorgeous valley below.

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Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

…a pool with a view.

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The sun goes down over our mountains.

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Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi is a wonderful mountain village…a great place to watch the sun set.

Lunch and a spring walk from Rifugio Fiori

A while ago guest poster Belinda took us on a walk from Ponte a Serraglio to Pieve di Monti di Villa to lunch at Rifugio Fiori.

 

Rifugio Fiori I’m not much interested in walking up steep hills, so I decided to do it in reverse. Three of us got a lift up to Pieve di Monti di Villa to the lunch spot. It was a gorgeous day, so we happily sat outside.

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…just as well, it was crowded inside.

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We ordered the mixed grill…very good….and the torta della Nonna.

We were advised to take the gentle track down to Ponte a Serraglio.  We headed off up the road a bit and took the road down to the church. It is always good to walk through Pieve di Monti di Villa.

Beside the church we found the track towards Ponte a Serraglio.

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It was a bit overgrown, but not too bad.

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In many places there was a rock path lined with wild flowers and gorgeous spring flowering trees.

We passed some old gates. There must have been a sizeable house here once.

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We also passed some dry stone walls, no doubt part of the same property.

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We walked under a gorgeous oak tree.

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We passed a stream and a little waterfall.

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Some of the time we walked on the road because the path was too overgrown, but that was good too.

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Pieve to Ponte

Soon we came to the crossroad where the road goes to Riolo.

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We passed the overgrown church.

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We wandered down past the old chairlift. I would love to see this operating.

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Lots of people were enjoying themselves at Villagio Globale.

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Just before we reached the river we passed a wall of wildflowers.

Pieve to Ponte

Pieve to Ponte

Finally we arrived at Ponte. If you want to do the uphill walk, look for this sign opposite the walking bridge.

Pieve to Ponte

Pieve to Ponte

If you are looking for a great walk, this could be the one for you. You walk under the cover of the forest most of the way, so it is not too hot. The downhill walk is easy and the views are gorgeous.

Click here to see the winter walk.

Almost spring in Lucchio

Spring is a bit late coming this year and this has not been helped by the icy blast of wind blowing from the Alps.

But the trees are beginning to turn green…you can see a tinge of green on the trees framing lovely Lucchio.

Lucchio

Wild flowers are appearing and potted plants and fruit blossoms are springing to life.

There is always a friendly cat looking for a sunny spot in the mountain villages.

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There is still snow on the higher mountains, making for some spectacular views.

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Lucchio views

Lucchio views

Lucchio views

The little bar in the piazza near the car park is thriving. After the death of the previous owner there was a danger the bar would close, but fortunately new people have taken over and are doing a great job…meet Franco.

Franco from Lucchio

Lucchio bar

As well as bar snacks and delicious sweets, there are great meals being served on weekends by Franco and his family. In summer the bar will be open more often and tables will spill out onto the terrace.

Lucchio sweets

Lucchio sweets

There are some excellent bargains in Lucchio for anyone looking for a house to buy.

Lucchio house for sale It would be a great way to have a base in Italy without having to spend a lot of money. The village becomes quite lively in the summer months when ex Lucchio residents return to open their houses and enjoy gorgeous views and fresh mountain air.

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Cembroni

Cembroni is a little hamlet that is part of San Cassiano. Take the road from La Villa and follow the signs for San Cassiano. Just before the town you will see the sign for Cembroni on the left.

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The drive up along the tree lined roads is quite lovely.

Cembroni is tiny. There is a little tangle of narrow steeets, stone houses, leafy lanes and gardens.

On a quiet sunny day I met some lazy kitty cats.

Instead of the usual green doors, I found mostly brown ones. I did manage to track down a couple of green ones.

The last flowers and fruits of summer put on a fine show.

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I was most impressed by the collection of chimneys and roof tiles.

I would like to take this old railing home and install it on my balcony.

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Of course the views from Cembroni are excellent.

Just a handful of families live permanently now in the village. In summer the population swells when ex-residents return to enjoy the peace and quiet in the summer sun. If you are seeking a tranquil refuge from the world, perhaps you should head to Cembroni.

 

 

 

A walk through Pieve di Monti di Villa

Spring is the perfect time to wander through the lovely villages that make up Bagni di Lucca. Pieve di Monte di Villa is 476 metres above sea level and it offers great views over the surrounding mountains and valleys. Take the road from Ponte a Serraglio, through Granaiola and on to Pieve di Monte di Villa.

Pieve di Monti di Villa has about 100 hundred residents who obviously take great pride in their village. The houses and gardens are beautifully kept, making a walk through the tiny, winding lanes a delight…come for a walk with me, starting at the bar at the top of the town.

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The views from the top are spectacular.

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The little streets meander through the village. Some of them are quite steep.

The church of San Giovanni Battista was built in the 12th century, rebuilt in 1446 and remodelled between 1760 and 1766.

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If you come to Bagni di Lucca, take the time to wander through the mountain villages…each one has something different to offer.

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Monti di Villa

Monti di Villa is one of the higher villages in Bagni di Lucca at almost 600 metres above sea level. It is made up of 3 hamlets…Lugnano, the higest, Bugnano, the abandoned village, and Riolo. Today about 100 people live in Monti di Villa.

Lugnano, which is signposted Monti di Villa, sits along a ridge with mountains forming an impressive backdrop.

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A narrow path winds its way through the village. Come for a walk to see Monti di Villa.

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On one side of the village there are views across Bagni di Lucca, Lugliano is visible in the distance.

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There are some pretty houses in Monti di Villa.

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I love this staircase.

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I spotted some interesting decorations.

I found a wonderful collection of doorways.

As usual I made friends with a couple of village cats.

On the other side of Monti di Villa there are views across to Veteglia and the mountains.

There is a large church at the bottom of the village. It was closed or I would have taken you inside.

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There was a single yellow rose and a bush covered in brightly covered berries of some kind.

The village will look completely different in a few weeks when spring begins.

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Lucchio

Lucchio, at 780 metres above sea level, is one of the higher villages of Bagni di Lucca. Stone houses cling to the side of the mountain, making you wonder how on earth they were built all those years ago.

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There is a ruin of a fortress at the top of the village. The fortress successfully defended the town against invaders in the centuries of fighting in the area.

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We didn’t make it to the very top….next time

Of course there are magnificent views from the village.

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Not many people live in Lucchio now, but the village is well preserved and there are some lovely buildings and well kept gardens. We spent an hour or 2 wandering (slowly, these streets are steep ) It is said that the hens in Lucchio lays square eggs to prevent them from rolling down the hill.

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Don’t overlook Lucchio in your travels in Bagni di Lucca. It is the last village on the way to Abetone.

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Thank you Italy Magazine for choosing Lucchio as the Best Single Travel Post in the Blogger Awards and thank you to all those who voted for Bella Bagni di Lucca.

Here are some other posts on Bella Bagni di Lucca you might find interesting.

An Old Tradition in Bagni di Lucca

A Pool with a View

Medieval Archery Competition

Meet Tina from Ponte a Serraglio

The Villages of Bagni di Lucca