This September was the hottest ever in Italy (ie; in the 150 years since Italian unification) A measure of this is that on the very last day of September I went swimming in the River Lima. Here’s the proof!
It was very cold! The River Lima is lovely cool mountain water and a swim there is one of our favourite things to do on a hot summer day, very refreshing. But when my son suggested the other day that it was still hot enough for a dip I forgot that much of the river would be in shade by late afternoon in late September, making it feel pretty icy! Only us two went in, the others just watched!
So perhaps an experience not to be recommended in Autumn after all! But for anyone who finds themselves in northern Tuscany on a hot sticky July or August afternoon there’s nothing better.
The River Lima is magical, and it’s so exactly the stuff of proper childhood memories, it’s what hope my children will one day reminisce fondly about and a balance to the tech and gadgetry of modern childhood.
I love being so immersed in nature. Little fish swim around you, between 2 and 10cm, so small enough to be cute and not scary, and there’s always something beautiful to see: dragonflies, butterflies, tiny little frogs. Our first trip to the river this year was early June when the rockpools were full of tadpoles.
There are several spots where there are deep pools ideal for river swimming near to Bagni di Lucca. They are a few km beyond the town, near Ponte a Diana on the SS12 direction Abetone. Look out for little tracks or laybys leading down to the river.The warning sign as shown below indicates there is access to the river. (They warn of possible hydraulic activity -but we’ve never yet experienced any!) This particular sign is by a layby just past the Pian di Fiume and the Ruscello Ranch and access to the river is across this bridge, then scramble down the bank. It all adds to the fun!