A winter walk

20131231_145554Winter is nearly over!  I’m not a winter person and I am very ready for Spring. It has been an unusual winter. Very mild and no snow at all here in the valley. But very wet. Rain, rain and more rain! Not many chances to get out. Here is one winter walk  we managed.

Starting the walk

Starting the walk

The walk starts at the far end of the La Villa part of Bagni di Lucca. As you run out of street you take a little side street, Via Campiglia, until it runs out. The path then runs along the River Lima for a short while.

Looking back at Bagni di Lucca

Looking back at Bagni di Lucca

Looking upstream along the River Lima

Looking upstream along the River Lima

As the path heads away from the river it starts to get steep. At this point there wasn’t much to see with trees on both sides of the path and I started to get a bit grumpy, wondering if it was worth it.  For me steepness needs to be justified by good views! But then the path led to several very cute villages: Guzzano, Gombereto, San Gemignano, then across the road to Longoio.

Longoio
Longoio

And better still once we’d achieved the height of the first village, Guzzano, the rest of the walk was fairly level and gave wonderful expansive views of the Controneria area and the mountains behind.

Prato Fiorito

Prato Fiorito

Looking back at Longoio

Looking back at Longoio

It was one of those bright winter days, crisp and blue skies. Most of the trees are bare. This made the shimmering silver of the olive trees even more precious. 20131231_13314120131231_151413

Many of the old paths and mule tracks have these wayside chapels. Although they are usually locked the  porches still offer great shelter and a place to sit and rest. This one was beyond Longoio and marks the end of my attempt to offer a route! After this there were several paths. We picked a route that turned out to be rather rocky, so my tip is – not the middle path! But we did end up where we needed to be, coming back into town from the opposite direction, so completing a circle. Circular walks are always the best kind, I don’t like coming back the same route.

Looking down on Bagni di Lucca near the end of the walk.

Looking down on Bagni di Lucca near the end of the walk.

This took us about 4 hours (I’m slow!) Overall the balance of challenging sections compared to beautiful sections was good. Next time we’ll try the higher or lower paths for the last part!

About From a Tuscan Villa

Tuscan B&B, bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering villa rental in Bagni di Lucca, northern Tuscany, Italy
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8 Responses to A winter walk

  1. Love the photos. What an inviting walk to do in a day! It sounds lovely

  2. Gian Banchero says:

    Thank you, a walk in the Italian countryside(!), just what I absolutely needed!

  3. edebock says:

    What a gorgeous walk! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. I’m looking at going on a cookery course in Tuscany later this year and this has made me want to go even more! Lovely photos🙂

  5. Beautiful photos. Can easily picture myself there.

  6. Debra Kolkka says:

    Good on you! I don’t like walking uphill much, but the views make it worthwhile.

  7. Linda says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. serralass says:

    It looks absolutely stunning! Not sure I could manage a four hour walk, well done!
    Jacky

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