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.
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 http://www.aiadipiero.it
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!