As I said in the page “About Bagni di Lucca”, Bagni di Lucca is a collection of villages scattered in the mountains on either side of the Lima River.
The villages of Fornoli, Ponte a Serraglio and La Villa, the commercial centre of Bagni di Lucca, are situated along the banks of the river. These low villages are served quite well with public transport. Lazzi buses go between these villages and Lucca on a regular basis.
There is also a train station at Fornoli, with trains to Lucca and beyond and into the Garfagnana to Piazza al Serchio and Aulla. It would be possible to manage without a car, unless you wish to visit the mountain villages. (I really suggest you do this, they are all gorgeous)
The outlying villages have far fewer buses and I think that if you stay in these villages you will need a car and be prepared to drive on narrow mountain roads.
My house is in Ponte a Serraglio. Here some accommodation options for my little village.
Bridge Hotel www.bridge-hotel.it
Hotel Corona www.coronaregina.it
Hotel Bernabo www.bernabohotel.it
Villa Rosalena is a beautiful B&B with gorgeous views over Ponte a Serraglio. It is run by Caroline and Rod, who speak English and have excellent local knowledge. www.villarosalena.com Click here to see more about Villa Rosalena.
There are also lots of apartment options, for those who want to stay a bit longer or have a bit more room, and perhaps a kitchen to cook some of the delicious treats available in the area.
Rosi and Adriano’s Villa Talenti has apartments a short, and very pretty walk, from the square at Ponte a Serraglio. Rosi and Adriano live on site, speak English and have a good knowledge of the area. There are beautiful views from all apartments and there is a garden terrace where you can sit on warm afternoon. Villa Talenti is very close to the spa at Bagni Caldi. Click here for a post about Villa Talenti. www.villatalenti.com
Recently 2 of Villa Talenti’s apartments have been bought by Rosaly and Christian from Norway so they also have a website to visit to look at Villa Talenti. They have included other accommodation options on their site as well. Look for Mia dolce Toscana …http://miadolcetoscana.com. Click here to see more about Rosaly and Christian, or here for another view of their apartment.
Il Moro is an agriturismo in a gorgeous position high above Ponte a Serraglio. It is accessible by car, via Colle, and is also a delightful walk from the village. There are several apartments for rent for either short or longterm stays. The very friendly Gianni has built a beautiful oasis with magnificent views and everything you need for a restful stay. Contact him by email ….. firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see photos of Gianni and his agriturismo.
Paul and Collette have apartments in the village near the church, a very short walk from the piazza. They also have a little garden area to use in the summer and their apartments are very comfortable. Once again, they live on site, speak English and will help you enjoy your visit. Click here for a post about Paul and Collette. www.tuscanrooms.com
Our stone house in nearby Vergemoli in the beautiful Garfagnana will be ready to rent in June 2013. The 3 level house has 3 bedrooms, each with an ensuite. It has magnificent views over Vergemoli and the surrounding mountains. Click here to see the almost finished house. We are now working on the garden and it is going to look wonderful soon.
Spring is now coming to Bagni di Lucca….a beautiful time of the year to visit Italy.
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There are several posts on the blog about Bagni di Lucca and our little area, Ponte a Serraglio. Look for the Bagni di Lucca and Ponte a Serraglio categories. If you look in Day Trips, you will get an idea of things to see nearby. Also take a look at the new blog focusing just on Bagni di Lucca….Bella Bagni di Lucca.