Vergemoli

While staying in the apartment in Ponte a Serraglio, the lovely owners, Debra & Jim, invited us to lunch at their other home just outside the village of Vergemoli in the Garfagnana National Park. After a 45 minute drive up a very narrow, winding mountain road, we arrived at our meeting place, a quaint little church on the edge of the village.

1.Arrival

With knees still trembling, I looked back down the road I had just driven up.

2.Vergemoli

The scenery had a wonderful calming effect

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and a friendly spaniel came to greet us.

6.Bella

The walk to the house through peaceful countryside

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led to Casa Debbio. Resurrected from ruins in 2012, the house was stunning.

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The views from the terrace were breathtaking.

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Lunch was delicious. We enjoyed antipasto of fava bean dip, prosciutto & cheese

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followed by pork chops cooked to perfection on the barbecue

22.BBQ

accompanied by pan-fried potato & onion, little fat sausages (undoubtedly they have an exotic Italian name), salad and homemade bread. Dessert of strawberry trifle topped off a wonderful afternoon. One last look at the vista

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and we walked back to the car, bracing ourselves for the drive home.

To see more of Casa Debbio and the wondrous changes to the property, visit Debra’s blog https://bagnidilucca.wordpress.com and website http://www.casadebbio.com

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