What to do with the casino?

Bagni di Lucca has the first purpose built casino in Europe. It was built in 1837 and operated as a casino until 1945.

Casino BdL

Casino BdL

It was restored about 14 years ago and is stunning inside. The work was being done when I first arrived in Ponte a Serraglio and I enjoyed watching the workmen bring the beautiful interior back to life.

Casino BdL

 Casino BdL

It was open for some time as the information centre for Bagni di Lucca. The wonderful Leda worked there and took visitors on guided tours throughout the building, telling tales of times gone by when Puccini and Liszt played for guests.

Now it is open only for events, which seems a pity. Many visitors coming to Bagni di Lucca would like to see inside and ask constantly why it is not open to the public.

There is a thought by many residents that it would be a good idea to reopen it as a visitor and information centre. That way it would be open to the public and be a place of interest. I have been asked by some to see if this would be popular.

What do you think?

If you agree that it would be a good idea to have the casino building open and put to use why not let the Comune know? Drop in and have a chat if you live in the area or send them an email. The website is http://comunebagnidilucca.com

 

Palio l’Osteria

Our wonderful new restaurant in Ponte a Serraglio, Palio l’Osteria, has announced different opening hours for the next few months. From November until March they will be open from Thursday until Sunday from 19.00 – 22.30.

There is a new menu for November.

Palio l'Osteria

Palio l'Osteria

I  have enjoyed eating at Palio l’Osteria several times since it opened and I think it is a great addition to Ponte a Serraglio. While it looks elegant and stylish it is not expensive…Antipasti €9, Primi Piatti €11, Secondi Piatti €15. The service is excellent and everyone is friendly and welcoming, a delightful experience all round.

Even though the weather is changing and the days are becoming cooler, there are still things happening in Bagni di Lucca. Here are a couple of things that look interesting.

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

 

A change in the weather

We have had a dramatic change in the weather. The lovely sunny days gave way to torrential rain, howling wind, thunder and lightning in the last couple of days.

The river has turned brown and is moving quickly.

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

The first showers made for some lovely autumn scenes.

Autumn Bagni di Lucca

Autumn Bagni di Lucca

 

Autumn Bagni di Lucca

Autumn Bagni di Lucca

Autumn Bagni di Lucca

Autumn Bagni di Lucca

Autumn Bagni di Lucca

I hope the weather is fine for these 2 events coming up in Bagni di Lucca.

Events Bagni di Lucca

Events Bagni di Lucca

The sun is out now. Let’s hope it lasts for a while.

New menu at Palio l’Osteria

A lucky group of people was invited to Palio l’Osteria, the new restaurant in Ponte a Serraglio, to sample the new menu. Each month a brand new menu is introduced.

In August diners can look forward to…

Trout carpaccio, beef carpaccio, pasta with cinghiale ragu, risotto con polpo with red onion and much more and some delicious desserts.

The beautiful terrace is open for wonderful summer evenings.

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

The new restaurant is a great success. Thank you Moe for sharing photos of a fun evening.

Here is the new menu for August.

Here are another couple of events coming up in Bagni di Lucca.

The regular antique and second hand market will happen in La Villa 29th July.

Bagni di Lucca

On Sunday 12th August is the walk along the old mule trails with interesting stops along the way.

Bagni di Lucca

The opening of the pool.

Enjoy summer in Bagni di Lucca.

Yoga lessons at Bar Italia

The newly renovated Bar Italia in Ponte a Serraglio is now home to yoga lessons held by Heather Newmarch.

Bar Italia

Heather is a qualified personal trainer, yoga instructor (Hatha and Ashtanga), qualified in sports nutrition and is a Reiki Master. She specialises in rehabilitation after injuries. She owned and ran a gym in the U.K. before moving to Bagni di Lucca. She enjoys helping people reach their health and fitness goals.

Heather says that yoga is great for flexibility, strength, stress relief and general wellbeing. She prefers to teach small groups to enable personal attention and to allow freedom of movement.

Yoga classes are held in the large room above the bar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9.00am and each session is one hour. Yoga mats are provided. All levels are catered for and beginners are welcome.

Yoga at Bar Italia

After classes people are welcome to stay on and socialise at the bar and enjoy a coffee or tea. I would certainly add one of Annalisa’s delicious pastries or sandwiches.

Bar Italia

Please contact Heather at heather@newmarch.co if you wish to enquire about lessons. Each lesson costs €10.

A day for artists

The annual art competition organised by Borgo degli Artisti will take place in Villa Fiori park on 8th July.

Artists need to be at Villa Fiori at 8.00am ready to start painting. Work must be finished by 4.00pm and the judging will be at 5.30pm.

Lunch will be held in the park at 12.30pm at a cost of €15. You will need to book for this.

There will be art lessons for children.

Artist day

This is a fun day for everyone and there are generous prizes for winning artists.

For more information call Morena…320 1107330

Geraniums at Ponte a Serraglio

The geraniums on the bridge at Ponte a Serraglio are thriving this year.

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I planted them last month and have been taking care of them. There has been some rain, which makes things easier.

I leave for Australia soon and won’t be back until autumn. Annalisa from Bar Italia has kindly offered to let us use her tap beside the bar to water the flowers on the bridge.

I will leave a watering can at the bar. It would be great if anyone interested in keeping the bridge looking good could help out with watering.

Thank you in advance.