Ancient forest

If you drive, or walk, past Montefegatesi on the way to Orrido di Botri you will find yourself in another world. Ancient forests of chestnut, oak and beech trees shrouded in mist seem from another time and place. It wouldn’t have surprised me if a goblin had dashed out from a hollow tree.

Chestnut forest

Chestnut

Chestnut forestChestnut forest

Chestnut forest

Chestnut forest

There are the remains of stone metati, chestnut drying huts, unused for decades.

Chestnut forest

Chestnut forest

Chestnut forest

If only the trees could talk and share their stories of the people who once lived and worked here, hard lives, but at times it must have been a beautiful place to work.

I think the trees look beautiful on a cold winter day, but I will be back in spring to see them again when the green leaves appear.

 

It’s freezing!

“The Beast from the East” is certainly making its presence felt in Bagni di Lucca. It was below zero on my balcony at Ponte a Serraglio this morning.

We don’t have deep snow like Rome. There were a few flurries the other day and fierce wind, but no snow on the ground.

After being shut in the house for a couple of days I decided to drive up to Montefegatesi, the highest of the Bagni di Lucca villages at around 840 metres above sea level, in the hope if finding some snow. Apart from a few patches of snow in shaded areas the village was clear. The temperature was -7!

Montefegatesi looks wonderful whatever the weather. Here it is with its winter coat.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

There was little snow, but lots of frozen puddles.

The surrounding mountains are covered with snow.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

I visited when I was here in autumn, a beautiful season in Montefegatesi.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Soon it will be spring and everything will look different again.

 

Postcard pretty

A couple of posts back I showed you some photos of Montefegatesi. A friend sent me a photo of a postcard of the village covered in snow. I don’t know when it was taken but Montefegatesi looks great with a white blanket.

Montefegatesi

 

I don’t think it will be a white Christmas in Montefegatesi this year. Merry Christmas anyway and have a wonderful 2017.

Ghostly Granaiola

Spring will soon be here and that will be great…but I do like the winter landscapes, especially the lovely mists that swirl in and around the mountains.

I don’t have to go far to see the misty views. From my balcony, or from the bridge below, Granaiola puts on a fine show on winter mornings.

winter mists

winter mists

winter mists

winter mists

winter mists

winter mists

It is raining now, which is good for my flowers. So far we haven’t had the predicted heavy falls…and we don’t want them.

My wet daffodils

A winter visit

Most people like to visit Bagni di Lucca in the summer when the days are long and hot and there is lots of activity. This is fun, but winter has its charms. We often get blue sky days with crisp winter air and you can spend cosy nights beside the fire.

Ski fields are not far away in Abetone and sometimes there is snow on the lower villages, making everything look beautiful with a snowy white coat.

I love the winter landscape. Just take a look at some gorgeous winter scenes in and around Bagni di Lucca.

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As well as gorgeous scenery there are no crowds, making a visit to galleries and museums in nearby Lucca, Florence and Pisa easy. There are lots of fun things to do on a winter visit.