Fine Maggio- end of May, Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany

Lots of local towns around here have events for Primo Maggio, May 1st. So maybe the market in May 1st events was overloaded. Anyway Bagni di Lucca has a festa for the end of May, which this year was yesterday, May 28.

The stalls were an eclectic mix of local items, food, handicrafts and antiques and looked very jolly all decked in colourful floral garlands.  They were set up in the piazzas around Bagni di Lucca Villa. These are in the piazza in front of the ‘Circolo dei Forestieri’ which was the foreigners club in former times but now is a very elegant but well priced restaurant, the fountain  looked great sparkling in the late May sunshine.

Alongside was the annual tug of war competition. These chaps looked to be taking it very seriously, lots of effort! As it was sponsored by the Gelateria ‘Primavera’ maybe the prize is free ice creams. That would certainly be an incentive for me!

As usual my interest was more on the food stalls than anything else! This one is produce of the Garfagnana, the area just north of Bagni di Lucca. Shown here is wild boar salami, lardo, chestnut flour and farro, all foods of the Tuscan mountains. They have a beautiful treasure trove of a food shop, L’Aia di Piero in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.

I fell for the gift parcel style packaging of this cake and had to buy one to find out what was inside.  It’s their own special recipe and called ‘Il Goloso’.

It turned out to be like a panettone in texture with nice big chunks of dried fig, candied orange and cedro, walnuts and pine nuts, and had a hint of aniseed that was reminiscent of the Lucca speciality fruit bread buccelato. Went very well with a glass of Vin Santo (Tuscan dessert wine) last night and with coffee at breakfast this morning. They have an online shop

The best thing about the afternoon for Rod though was spotting an early 1950s Lambretta.  Apparently he’d never come across one of these before. Hard to believe given how many Lambrettas and Vespas he’s stopped to admire, but even I can see that it’s very different looking to a normal scooter.  He thinks it’s a 1954 model F Lambretta. Pretty cool, and amazing condition, must be very well loved!



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6 Responses to Fine Maggio- end of May, Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany

  1. janice says:

    looks great i could eat some of that cake

  2. bagnidilucca says:

    I wish I had been there. It looks like fun.

  3. Beautiful photos! I always wanted to travel to Tuscany ever since I saw the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. I’m just wondering how many hours does it take by car or bus from Rome to Tuscany since we’re visiting Rome this coming August.

    Btw, I got here from Dakota’s blog.

    • Thanks for dropping by. Where we live in northern Tuscany is about 4 – 41/2 hours from Rome by car. Southern Tuscany would be nearer to Rome, Siena is a lovely medieval town about 2 1/2 hours by car. Bus is generally a local service here, for longer distances use trains but probably won’t work out for just a day trip. You could easily visit Southern Tuscany as a long day trip by car. The area south of Siena around the Val d’Orcia is really beautiful, try countryside and towns of Pienza and Montalcino. ‘Under the Tuscan sun’ books were about Cortona but I’m not sure if the filming was there or elsewhere. Cortona would be about 2 1/2 hours from Rome.

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