San Cassiano War Memorial

The War Memorial in San Cassiano has been lovingly restored. Too many lives were lost from the area. It is heart breaking to see the list of the names of those who died fighting.

Bands played, crowds came…people of all ages, there were speeches, there was food and there was rain.

I saw the restored monument last week and it is looking great. It is clear that these men will not be forgotten.

I wasn’t there today, as I am now on my way back to Australia for a few months. Thank you to Paul Anthony Davies for allowing me to share his wonderful photos.

Womens’ Day Exhibition

This evening was the opening event for the exhibition of art and photography to celebrate Womens’ Day at the Casino in Ponte a Serraglio.

I went earlier in the day to take photos. It is always great to see the beautiful rooms of the casino.

Womens'Day

Womens' Day

In the main room is the collection of art.

Womens' Day

Womens' Day

he second room holds photos of women at work. The photos are both old and current…an excellent insight into the lives of women in Bagni di Lucca.

Womens'Day

Womens' Day

The evening was well attended.

Womens Day

The exhibition will be open each day this week from 5.00pm.

Womens' Day

Womens' Day

Living nativity

One of the most delightful events to happen in Bagni di Lucca is coming up. The Presepe Vivente will be held on 4th December. This year it will be in Pieve di Monti di Villa. The residents have been busy preparing the village. Paul Davies dropped in to take some photos.

Living nativity

Living nativity

Living nativity

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This is an event not to be missed.

Living natvity

Living nativity

 

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