Wings drying in the sun

If you look closely at this photo you will see 2 birds standing on the wall in the river at Ponte a Serraglio.

Ponte a Serraglio

One is a cormorant (I think. I am happy to be corrected)  The black bird was drying his wings in the sun. He wasn’t there long before he flew off, no doubt looking for lunch.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

It always surprises me to see seagulls on our river, but I suppose it is not all that far as the crow (or seagull) flies from the sea.

Green buds are beginning to appear on the trees. Spring is underway.

Ponte a Serraglio

The sun is shining, but there is a fierce wind blowing.

Exhibition open

The artists’ exhibition is open at the casino in Ponte a Serraglio.

Here is a list of artists showing their work.

Casino exhibition

…a selection at the entrance and the main room of the casino.

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

Find 9 faces in this painting.

Casino exhibition

In the second room is a selection of photographs.

Casino exhibition

I was happy to see my friend Tina.

Casino exhibition

…and Annalisa from Bar Italia. Where would Ponte be without her and her team?

Casino exhibition

The small room.

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

Casino exhibition

I hope you will all visit over the next week.

Women's Day event

Women’s Day

The annual Omaggio alla Donna events will be held at the casino in Ponte a Serraglio from 8 – 14 March..

There will be a series of events beginning on 8th March, with amusic recital after the inauguration at 9.00pm.

An exhibition of painting and sculpture will open on Saturday 9th March. The opening will be 10.00 – 12.30. After that it will be open in the afternoons from 4.30pm – 7.00pm. Continue reading

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