On a warm, sunny morning, while the boys were busy building guitars, I drove with two of the wives to a nearby village in Bagni di Lucca – Lugliano. Having learned how narrow the village streets can be, we opted to park at the church
and discover the rest on foot. Lugliano dates back to 853 AD and as we had anticipated, the main road
soon became narrow, cobbled streets
full of wonderful surprises.
The village had a serenity, enhanced by the sunshine,
the four legged residents were testament to the tranquility.
The views across the mountains
and the valley below were spectacular.
I couldn’t resist the intriguing doorways
as we returned to our starting point.
The Chiesa di San Jacopo was magnificent when viewed from the village.
The wildflowers were lovely
and the gardens had colourful blooms.
We wandered up the road in the other direction
and discovered the village cemetery
with a striking view across the mountains.
It was time to return to Benabbio for lunch, with one last view of the Chiesa di San Jacobo.
so ancient, so beautiful !
There are so many of these lovely villages to discover.
I love these sleepy villages. I hope enough people continue to live in them to keep them alive.
I guess the young people find lives elsewhere, I wonder what will happen to these villages in the next generation or two?
Just beautiful – a lovely way to spend a morning wandering around soaking it all up.
I could easily have spent all day exploring every laneway.