Stay in Bagni di Lucca


Bagni di Lucca is a collection of 25 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.

If you stay in any of these 3 villages 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. Remember, Bagni di Lucca is a collection of villages. Be sure which village you are staying in.

There are lots of accommodation options…here are a few that I know of.


Bridge Hotel

B & Bs

Villa Rosalena… Click here to see more.

La  Click here to see more.

Casa Tolomei

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.

Villa Isabella is a 3 bedroom apartment beside the river near the Ponte a Serraglio piazza…  For enquiries email…

The Turret is a 3 bedroom apartment beside the river at Ponte a Serraglio…

Il Moro is an agriturismo in a gorgeous position high above Ponte a Serraglio. Contact Gianni by email ….. Click here to see photos of Gianni and Daniela.


Apartments to rent in and around Lucca

Our stone house in nearby Vergemoli in the beautiful Garfagnana is now available for rent. 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 finished house.

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.  Also take a look at the blog focusing just on Bagni di Lucca….


  1. HI Deb
    We ADORE your blog! I was excited about coming to Italy, now I am beside myself. So sad we won’t be there at the same time. We feel very inspired to stay in Bagni di Lucca after reading your posts. Can you reccomend somewhere for 4 for an overnight stay at a nice price? We are planning in popping in between the 9 – 19 May. Hope you are well and keep on typing. This is truly fabulous E x


  2. I am having to choose between the following accommodations and wonder what your advice is.
    La Magnolia
    Bar Italia
    Prices are all pretty much the same.
    For a weeks stay next week
    Many Thanks


  3. Hi Liz,

    Wow, great blog – thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
    I was just reading a comment you made about bike holidays where you are. Would love to talk by email about this with you…

    We’re in the Austrralian Alps in beautiful Bright.

    Warm wishes
    Susan Charlton


  4. It looks unbelievable.
    Oh, I’m definitely coming back to Europe for a bigger adventure 🙂


  5. Hello Debra, great blog. do you know a place to rent for one month in Bagni di Luca from Feb 1st. through March ( for one month). for two people. great location. And what is the closes aiport. I am flying from Los Angeles California. Do I need to rent a car to go this place or can I go by train…and to where..

    Thank you so much for your information.


  6. Hi… I hope you don’t mind my “joining in”. I am a friend of Charlotte’s and she included a link to your blog and I love it! You are so lucky to live in Italy.


    • I am happy to have you, I hope you come back often. I know I am lucky to have a house in Bagni di Lucca. It is the best thing we have ever done. I spend about 5-6 months here very year and just love it.

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  7. You mentioned Florence as a day trip from Bagni di Lucca….I was hoping to do it in the opposite direction but found out I’d have to leave Florence on the train at 6:02 am. Yikes! I can’t find any info on the buses, just airport transfers which are quite expensive. This is my third trip to Italy and each time I keep missing Bagni di Lucca…I really want to see it! Any thoughts on the best way to make it a day trip?


    • There are buses from Lucca to Bagni di Lucca at 8.40. 10.55, 12.10, 13.00, 13.40. To meet these there are buses from Florence at 6.45, 10.08, 11.08 and 12.15. The bus from Florence to Lucca takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and the bus to Bagni di Lucca takes 50 minutes. To go back there are buses from Bagni to Lucca at 14.05, 15.50. From Lucca to Florence 16.55, 17.55, 18.55. This is a winter timetable. It may vary a bit in summer. The site for Lazzi buses, which go between Florence, Lucca and Bagni di Lucca is There would be other trains, but if you catch the DD – direct – bus from Florence to Lucca it is generally quicker and it is best to arrive in Bagni di Lucca by bus as the train only goes as far as Fornoli. I would get off the bus at Bagni di Lucca, have lunch at Bar Italia, wander up the hill a bit to see the lovely view and perhaps visit the spa and then walk up to La Villa, have a wander and catch the bus back.


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  9. I wish I had found your blog 12 months ago, perhaps we will visit Bagni di Lucca when we next go to Italy 🙂


    • I hope you do go to Bagni di Lucca, it’s lovely!


  10. I’ve finally had a couple of minutes free to check out your Blog, it’s a lovely read and always great to see some nice pics of BdL and beyond. 🙂


    • The new blog Bella Bagni di Lucca has more stuff on Bagni di Lucca.


  11. Hi – I am so glad I found your post. My mother-in law’s family is from this charming town. Her grandparents were both from Bagni di Lucca. We will be taking my mother-in-law this August for her first visit. I will continue to follow your post.


    • I hope you have a great time in Bagni di Lucca.


  12. Hi

    Thank you so much for your ‘blog’ and the pictures that you post. We visited Bagni di Lucca last year and are returning next weekend for a relaxing break. We’re hoping to do a few ‘shortish walks’ whilst we’re there and wonder if you have any suggestions or if there is a basic map of the town and surrounding area showing suitable for walks for the ‘elderly’. Well we’re not that elderly but it is a hilly area and if they are too strenuous my husband will not wish to partake! Any assistance will be gratefully received!


  13. Hey there 🙂
    Awesome reading all this information. As I’m having trouble translating some timetables I’ve found online I was wondering if you could let me know how much a one way and also a return ticket from Bagni Di Lucca to Florence is? Whether it be train or bus, just whatever is the cheapest and easiest 🙂 Thank you so much.


    • A bus ticket from Bagni di Lucca to Florence costs €6.70. The return ticket will cost the same. You will need to change buses in Lucca. Look for the DD (direct) bus from Lucca to Florence.
      The train costs about the same.
      There is a post called The bus from Bagni di Lucca to Florence which gives a few more details.


  14. Hello there, this is my first time on a blogging site. Your blog is very beautiful and informative. I had it recommends to me by a friend we have in common – Marissa “Missy”. I live in Brisbane, have been recently widowed 😦 and am contemplating playing comming to Italy with my two daughters in perhaps 12 or 18 months time. We would like to stay for 4 to 6 weeks and immerse ourselves into the local village community. The children would be aged 6 and 11 at the time of our visit. I really am impressed by the beauty of Bagni di Lucca. I was hoping you could help me with some information about accommodation options and if ther are farmhouse options or if you think an apartment would be suitable. I would like to come in sept/ oct – what would the weather be like then? Thank you so much for a terrific blog and look forward to hearing from you.


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  16. Hello, nice blog….I will be visiting Lucca in the Fall and would love to explore the Bagni Di Lucca area. I will not have a car and plan to either bus or train to get to ur area. Is it possible to walk between villages? I love walking. I will be alone, but ready for adventure.


    • You can catch a bus from Lucca to Bagni di Lucca. Lazzi buses leave from Piazzale Verdi and will bring you to Fornoli, Ponte a Serraglio or La Villa. The other villages are scattered in the mountains around these villages. Most are between 6 and 25 kilometres from La Villa and up steep hills. It is possible to walk, but you would need to be fairly fit. Look at my other blog, Bella Bagni di Lucca, which is just about Bagni di Lucca.


      • Thanks for the reply….I look forward to seeing your beautiful area in the fall.


  17. This looks like a very special destination!!


    • Bagni di Lucca is a delightful part of Tuscany.


  18. Hi Deb, is it possible to ring you for some advise about Bagni di Lucca. We are trying to decide where to base ourselves. Kind Regards,


  19. Love this post, it helps me discover so many things about Bagni di Lucca! it is such a charming place, Debra!


    • There is much to see in Bagni di Lucca, You need to stay a while.


  20. We are so excited about staying near Bagni di Lucca in June but I worry about food shopping on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.Is there somewhere near Longoio -Mobbiano where I can shop for basics?
    If not then we will stop in Lucca before venturing further. Thank you in anticipation.


    • The Conad supermarket is open Sunday morning and all day Monday. I think most of the shops in La Villa are open Monday morning.
      There is a large supermarket just outside Lucca, on the way to Bagni di Lucca, called Esselunga which is open as well. Things are changing.
      Have a great holiday.


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