Faces at the Carnevale

On Sunday I wanted to be in 2 places at once. There was a mini Carnevale at Fornoli at the same time as the one in Viareggio. I went early to the one in Fornoli hoping to get some photos, but there was nothing happening so I unfortunately I have nothing to show you.

It was the last day time parade in Viareggio and it was a gorgeous day, so I headed off with a group of friends to join in the fun. I took hundreds of photos and have done a couple of posts. In this one I will concentrate on the people who dress up to take part, either as part of the exhibition or the enthusiastic audience. I love the way people get involved and make the event the exciting happening that it is.

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Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

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Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Carnevale Viareggio 2015

Whole families go along to have fun. It is a great day…the result of huge amounts of work by many people. I’m sure next year is already being worked on. I hope I will be there to see it.

Go to Bagni di Lucca and Beyond to see more on the floats in the parade.

Vizzata

Vizzata is one of the tiny hamlets that make up San Cassiano.

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Rain clouds threatened to make their way across the mountain behind the village the afternoon I was there, but the rain held off long enough for me to have a look around.

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I parked my car at the car park at the bottom of the village as I couldn’t see a road in. The little path into the centre was lined with pretty gardens and flower filled pots.

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Vizzata

Vizzata

Vizzata

Vizzata

Vizzata

Vizzata is very tiny. I don’t know how many people live there, but I suspect it is not many. There are some very interesting buildings, including a few renovators’ delights.

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Vizzata

Vizzata

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Vizzata

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Vizzata

Vizzata

There were some very tired cats resting in quiet spots.

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Vizzata

Vizzata

Vizzata catVizzata catVizzata catAll of the mountain villages in Bagni di Lucca have beautiful views, and Vizzata is no exception.

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Vizzata

Don’t miss Vizzata on your travels around Bagni di Lucca.

 

 

 

 

Festa della Zucca

Autumn is a time for festivals in our area. Many villages celebrate the season with festivals honouring the local produce. I recently attended the Festa della Zucca (pumpkin festival) in Piegaia, not far from Bagni di Lucca.

Festa della ZuccaThere were lots of people there enjoying the many stalls selling interesting things to do with pumpkins and other delights.

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There were pumpkins in all shapes and sizes.

Delicious food was available. We chose penne with pumpkin and creme brûlée with pumpkin.

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Festa della zucca

Festa della zucca

It is great to see these festival well attended by people of all ages. Everyone joins in and has a great time. I went with Heather from Sapori e Saperi. She knows all the best places to go.

 

 

A fine day for a flea market

Spring has returned, bringing warm, sunny weather. The temperature reached 20 degrees today…a perfect day to wander through the flea market in La Villa.

There were more than 50 stalls, not bad for the first time. Stalls were set up in front of Circolo dei Forestieri and along the main street.

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There were some lovely old toys for sale. Little boys must have once treasured the cars and lots of dolls were left behind when little girls grew up.

Anyone for a plate of piglets?

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I liked this fellow with the wobbly head.

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A pair of Barbies enjoyed the sun.

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There were lots of bits and pieces.

I hope this little puppet theatre found a home.

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Perhaps someone will want old photos.

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I’m sure I once had a book like this, where you collected stickers to put in the correct place.

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I managed to find a pair of gold angels to take home with me.

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It was a great first flea market. The next one will be at the end of June.