It is 12 months since I was in Bagni di Lucca. I have the most wonderful memories and photos of this beautiful area which will last a life time.
My first introduction to Bagni di Lucca was through a blog called www.bagnidilucca.wordpress.com The first time I read this blog I fell in love with Bagni di Lucca and I knew that I must visit and stay there. So, 3 years ago, I rented an apartment in the little village of Ponte e Serraglio. The apartment overlooked the river and the village. It was wonderful. I was definitely living the dream. Thanks to Debra Kolka the author of www.bagnidilucca.wordpress.com I experienced more of the areas around the little village where we were staying that I learned about from Deb .
Then last year while I was planning my trip to Italy to stay in Lucca for a week, Debra invited me to stay in her gorgeous apartment in Bagni di Lucca which is about a 30 minute drive from Lucca. The apartment is on the river looking directly at the little village. To me it was the best location in Ponte e Serraglio. The view took my breath away every time I stepped on to her balcony.
After my stay in Lucca, Debra picked me up, we went down to the markets in Forte dei Marme before returning to her apartment in Bagni di Lucca.
Debra is well known and well respected in the village and thanks to this I met so many of the locals and regular visitors to the area. I met up and chatted with many new friends every morning when we went to Il Monaco for our morning coffee and dolce. I also loved chatting with many other new friends each afternoon when we walked across to Bar Italia for our aperativo.
While staying in Debra’s apartment, from Foligno, which is the next village down from Ponte e Serraglio, I took the train to many of the towns in the Tuscany area for short stays. It was just so easy for me. Debra would drive me to the train station and was always sitting waiting at the train station when I returned a few days later.
I enjoyed the changing of the flowers on the bridge with Debra which she does twice a year. This is totally her initiative and her expense but she loves doing it as she is so passionate about her little Italian village.
We visited Casa Debbio in Vergemoli up in the mountains several times and I was also fortunate enough to stay in this gorgeous house for a few days. The views overlooking the valleys and the mountains in the distance where stunning.
Last year, my stay in Bagni di Lucca was one of the highlights of my travelling life thanks so much to Debra and her husband Jim and their generosity. It certainly was a wonderful experience for me. Thanks so much Debra.