Presepe in Pieve di Monti di Villa

The living nativity in Pieve di Monti di Villa was a great success. Lots of people attended and got into the spirit of things. I was unable to attend as I am currently in Australia, but luckily my friends Teri and Charlotte were there and took some photos.

Presepe Pieve Monti di Villa

Valerio Ceccarelli also captured the event.

Presepe di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di VillaPresepe Pieve di Monti di VillaPresepe Pieve di Monti di VillaPresepe Pieve di Monti di VillaIt is wonderful to see so many people take part and to see a crowd of people enjoying the event. These local festivals are a delightful part of life in the villages of Bagni di Lucca…long may they continue.

Autumn in Pieve di Monti di Villa

Local photographer Paul Anthony Davies has taken some lovely photos of autumn in Pieve di Monti di Villa. He has kindly allowed me to share them with you.

Pieve di Monti di Villa

Pieve di Monti di Villa

Pieve di Monti di Villa

Pieve di Monti di Villa

Pieve di Monti di Villa has a restaurant, Rifugio Fiori, which is open part time.

Pieve di Monti di Villa

It also has a bar, a great addition to the village.

Pieve di Monti di Villa

Autumn is a gorgeous season in the mountain villages.

Don’t miss the living navity in Pieve di Monti di Villa on 4th December. It is a wonderful event.

Chestnuts in Lucchio

Lucchio is the village that clings to an almost vertical mountain side. At the top is La Rocca, the ruins of an old fort.

Lucchio

Lucchio

La Rocca was our first destination before seeking out the roasting chestnuts.

Lucchio

It is a steep climb to the top along a rocky path.

Lucchio

We passed an enthusiastic gardener digging his rich looking soil.

Lucchio

Onwards and upwards…

Lucchio

Lucchio

Lucchio

Lucchio

Lucchio

Lucchio

Lucchio

There are some steep steps to the very top.

Lucchio

There isn’t much of the fort left, just a few crumbling walls.

Lucchio

Lucchio

Lucchio

The views are stunning even on a misty, wet day.

Lucchio

A family found a great spot for a picnic.

Lucchio

We had lunch in the local restaurant, which had drawn a large crowd. Our 3 course lunch was delicious. I forgot to photograph the pasta course and the roast meat, but here is the antipasti.

Lucchio

The chestnuts were being roasted down by the church, so this time we headed down towards the bottom of the village. Not many people live in Lucchio these days, but the village is well loved by those who do live there. The streets are well maintained and clean. There are a few houses for sale, just in case you are looking for a quiet life with great views.

Lucchio

Lucchio

The church was open and later there was to be a concert.

Lucchio

The chestnut roasting  was well underway by the time we got there. I have acquired a taste for necci with ricotta, and this was the best I have had.

Lucchio

Lucchio

The road down offers glimpses of Lucchio through the trees.

Lucchio

Lucchio

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta is another area of Bagni di Lucca I was unaware of until recently. The turnoff is on the road from La Villa to San Cassiano.

Campiglia Alta

It is really just a collection of houses in a gorgeous setting.

Campiglia Alta

A peaceful tree lined road takes you up the mountain.

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

I was there in late spring. Everything was bright green.

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

The views are fabulous and the silence is wonderful.

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

Campiglia Alta

…a special place to live.