Sunday was a day of rest for the hardworking luthiers so, having been recommended a certain restaurant, we drove to the village of Vico Pancellorum to sample for ourselves. The village is the last in Bagni di Lucca heading up the Lima River. We spent some time before lunch exploring the village
and admiring the majesty of the countryside.
The houses cling to the steep hillside leading to one of the tallest mountains in Tuscany,
each had its own character.
This monument appears to be a memorial to those who fought in the Apennines.
We paused to look back at the village
and the neighbours across the valley
before continuing up the hill.
Once again, I was intrigued by the old doorways
We ambled on,
bursts of colour revealed themselves
and it was time to take in the gorgeous view over the village
before returning for lunch. There were some lovely surprises as we strolled back.
We had worked up an appetite and Buca di Baldabò didn’t disappoint.
With no written menu, we were happy to be guided by our hosts. Unfortunately, I didn’t take food photos but the four of us shared a selection of traditional Tuscan dishes including Gnocchi with Gypsy Sauce, Tagliatelli with Wild Game Sauce, Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli with Basil, Slow Cooked Lamb and Rabbit with Olives. I came up for air long enough to snap the wonderful finale of Biscotti con Vin Santo.
Before leaving the village, we had a closer look at Pieve di San Paolo.
Dating back to 873AD, it is the oldest church of the Val di Lima.
One last look at the gorgeous mountains and we were braced for the drive home.
A perfect way to spend a Sunday.