What travellers are saying
- Very glad we made the decision to walk up the gorge. Stunning scenery & legs definitely feel like I’ve used them but we went at quite a pace. Cool in the gorge with the cold water being a refreshing change to the hot temperature out of the shaded valley. Fine in shorts & t-shirt but absolutely need trainers or shoes with good grip as slippery rocks to be climbed on. Water came half way up thighs as I’m only 5ft so be prepared to get wet shorts!
Several stages to the walk & you can turn back at any point. It was free to enter but had to leave ID as deposit (driving license was sufficient) with desk where we borrowed helmets.Written 13 August 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- From this entry dedicated to the “Rocca di Lucchio” the traveller could feel that the fortress ("Rocca" in Italian) is precisely the main attraction - or even alone - of this village. And it would be a fallacious feeling, because it's the village as a whole that constitutes an attraction, even more than the fortress. Ruins like that of the fortress are very easy to find, while a village like Lucchio is rare if not unique.
However, even this fallacious feeling - that is, that the fortress could be Lucchio's highlight - has its own part of truth, which is the following.
A village so extraordinarily perched on a very steep slope is largely justified - this is what historians tell us - as a “service” village to the fortress, or as a “consequence” of the fortress itself; whether it's true the hypothesis that Lucchio was born as a supplier of services to the military garrison perched in the fortress, and whether the hypothesis is true that it was born as the residence of the workers involved in building the fortress itself (after all, the two hypotheses are not at all to be excluded with each other).
It's in fact true that the Mediterranean mountain, and in particular the Italian one, often shows the phenomenon of villages perched in the most rugged parts of their territory, to leave the land usable for agriculture as free as possible from the buildings (agriculture that must continuously cope with the risk of low productivity); but it's also true that Lucchio's seems an extreme case, in the sense that probably without the presence of the fortress its existence would not be justified. The presence of the fortress, always strategic for the Republic of Lucca, attracts investments on the one hand, tax privileges on the other, and therefore gives the possibility of subsistence to a village that could not survive with its forces. On this basis, the village strengthens its possibility of subsistence with the typical resources of the mountain (chestnut cultivation, breeding, charcoal production) and very secondarily with agriculture in the strict sense. The village of Pontito, separated from Lucchio by the ridge of the “Pizzorne” mountains, seems to have lived a fairly similar story in the Middle Ages and Early Modern era.
The rest of the process - which makes Lucchio's case truly unique, and strikes every visitor, as it did us - can then be explained by the geological features of the very steep but solid limestone rock on which the village stands. This implies on the one hand that the village really seems "hanging" over a chasm, on the other hand that the houses (tall and narrow, to save space) can be built without foundations, simply by elevating them on the rocky substrate; substrate which, on the other hand, emerges almost everywhere.
At this point of the telling I think it is quite clear why speaking, in the case of Lucchio, of the interest of the fortress alone is on the one hand misleading, on the other hand it calls into question a fundamental player in the identity of the village.Written 11 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Visited the market at Forloni and had coffee and dessert in the local cafe.very reasonable.We were all drawn to this bridge and walked over it to the other side.Written 21 August 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is one of the most historical places in the Lucca area. First Casino in Europe, hedonistic church (very cool tour!) and roman roads.
- If you are looking for truffle meals? Here you will find it.
- If you are looking for falling stars? Grab a blanket and sit out in the night.
- If you enjoy river rafting? You will find the most beautiful water spots.
From yoga to Truffle; this is your placeWritten 14 August 2020
- Built around 1839 by Giuseppe Pardini this Gothick Anglican Church has been restored and saved for posterity but no longer as an Anglican Church but as a very well stocked library which houses mainly Ian Greenlees vast collection of books and records which one may consult and you can meet the librarians that curate the library at opening times or cultural events. There still remains evidence of the Church such as the Creed embossed in stone as well as religious stained glass windows beautifully restored since the storm. However there is no bell tower as the Duke did not want competition with the Catholic Churches in the area.Written 5 October 2017
- Built in 1825 by the architect Giacomo Marracci this was indeed designed and reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome with Corinthian arches. I actually visited it inside several years ago it seems to me that it is not often open to the public, this chapel belongs to the Demidoff family, their villa with the famous Gianbologna statue in the gardens can be visited mainly In the summer months. There are very many very interesting exhibitions held there too.Written 5 October 2017
- Bagni di Lucca is today a town among many others in the province of Lucca and Tuscany. Therefore the inattentive visitor could ignore that it has had a very glorious past, having been perhaps the most famous spa resort in Europe starting from the early Middle Ages and for a few centuries.
To avoid this neglect, we cannot imagine any more effective remedy than following the "Via dell'acqua" (Water Route), established starting from 2021 by "stitching together" the main landmarks evoking the town's spa past.
To travel along it, the visitor can refer to the map published on the bagnidilucca.info website (only in Italian; obviously it's possible to use a translator) and also follow, along the route, the sign consisting of three drops of blue water.
The circular route starts from and arrives at "Villa Fiori" in the hamlet of Ponte al Serraglio, it's suitable for everyone (even toddlers, if I remember correctly), and involves two hours of walking (obviously without counting the time of stops) and a height difference of approximately 130 m uphill and downhill.
Along the way, almost nothing remains of the town's thermal past in the Middle Ages: even the thermal establishments of medieval origin present the appearance they took on after restorations, from the 17th century onwards. Even the house – in the neighborhood called “Bagno alla Villa” – where Michel de Montaigne resided for over two months in 1581 (plaque on the facade) has undoubtedly been extensively restored since then. Instead, the architectural features of the 18th and 19th centuries prevail, when the town was in fact almost a British colony; like - still in the "Bagno alla Villa" neighborhood - in the beautiful "Stabilimento del Bagno", currently closed to the public, and which we were still able to visit thanks to the kind availability of a neighbor.
Various gravestones also preserve the memory of the illustrious presences in the town between the 18th and 19th centuries, such as those of George Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Heinrich Heine.
Overall, walking through the "Via dell'Acqua" is, in my opinion, the best way to grasp the "soul" of Bagni di Lucca.Written 27 September 2023
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