Laura Poggi, from the gorgeous Casa Tolomei in Via Umberto I in La Villa, is starting a small language school. She and her family have many years of experience and Laura is keen to start a new venture in Bagni di Lucca.
In a previous post I wrote about the amazing transformation Laura and her husband Andy have achieved in the house where Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning spent a couple of summers in the 19th century. They bought it 5 years ago and have brought the beautiful house back to life. See the post here.
Work continues, but a couple of rooms are now available to rent and Laura can turn her attention to Italian lessons. This beautiful room will be for small groups. Larger groups will be in another part of the house.
It is possible to have one on one lessions with Laura, or to be part of a group lesson, the classes are flexible. Laura is delightful and I know her classes will be a lot of fun, the best way to learn a new language. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, a course can be tailored for you.
Residential courses are also available, where you can stay at Casa Tolomei, take lessons in the morning and practise your Italian while exploring the villages.
Please email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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The beautiful monument to fallen soldiers in Ponte a Serraglio has been cleaned and restored. It looks wonderful.
Here it is before it was cleaned.
Here it is now.
Bagni di Lucca has a new restaurant, La Tana del Ghiro. It is not far from the pedestrian bridge from La Villa…on the opposite side of the river from the town.
The interior is pleasantly furnished.
All the food is prepared from local produce. We were delighted with our selections.
Bread, hot from the oven. It is a pizza base with oil and herbs.
…and regular bread.
Ravioli with local trout.
Trout with roast potatoes.
Prosciutto with potatoes.
Beans with onions.
Pannacotta with fruit of the forest.
La Tana del Ghiro is a great addition to Bagni di Lucca’s list of restaurants. The food is good and reasonably priced, the service is friendly…I hope they do well. They will also be selling local produce in the future.
Phone…0583 805 869
Friday 31st March is the first day of the Verde Mura, the wonderful garden event held every year on the wall of Lucca.
Here is a reminder of what to expect.
Friday 31st March…12.00 – 19.00
Saturday 1st April…9.30 – 19.00
Sunday 2nd April…9.30 – 19.00
Entry fee €6 for 1 day
€10 for 2 days
€15 for 3 days.
There is a reduced price of €3 for those over 65 and for children.
I took this photo of the wonderful Ponte della Maddelena through the windscreen of the car. (I wasn’t driving).
It is a pity there isn’t a footpath on the road near the bridge. It could be done. A small foot path could be built beside the road, over the river. It would make a great viewing platform. I tried walking along the road once…never again!
Here are a few photos I have taken of the fabulous bridge over the years.
I took the photos below years ago with my first digital camera. It must have been 2004. The conditions were perfect.
Whatever the season the bridge looks great.
The bridge was decorated for the 150th anniversary if the unification of Italy.
The bridge always looks stunning. Fortunately it never changes…everything around it does.
It is almost time for the annual spring walk in Bagni di Lucca. The walk begins in Fornoli from 7.30am until 8.30am on Sunday 2nd April. You can walk for 2, 4, 12, 18 or 20 kilometres.
Here are some photos from a past walk. It is great fun…why don’t you join in?
The last days of winter are upon us. Soon this winter landscape will change in Bagni di Lucca.
Magnolias have bloomed and the flowers are falling. Soon the trees will be green.
Roll on spring.