Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 5, 2015

Back to Bagni di Lucca

I am off to Italy tomorrow, back to Bagni di Lucca and Casa Debbio. 1 car, 3 planes, 2 trains and 2 buses, about 30 hours, and I will be there. I should arrive late Monday afternoon…in time for aperitivo.

I will be driving past the Ponte della Maddalena.

Ponte della Maddalena


Ponte della Maddalena

Back to Ponte a Serraglio.

Ponte a Serraglio


Ponte a Serraglio

Back to Casa Debbio… for some more hard work in the garden. I will be pruning lavender for weeks and checking to see if all my peonies survived the hot, hot summer. Lovely Filippo has been kept busy keeping the water up to everything.

Casa Debbio lavender

Casa Debbio peonies


Casa Debbio

Back to exploring the villages that make up Bagni di Lucca. I have been to all of them now and you can see the results on Bella Bagni di Lucca.

Back to driving on narrow mountain roads.

Road to Vergemoli

There will be chestnut festivals to attend.

Cascio chestnut festival

There will be food.

With a bit of luck I will see some gorgeous autumn colour soon.

autumn in Vergemoli


I hope you will all come along for the ride.


  1. Buon viaggio Debra! Looking forward to more beautiful photos

    • I am very keen to be back in lovely Italy…there will be photos.

  2. You will find so beautiful things there. There is a lot of motivation in this long trip.

    • I know, I love my time in Italy. The voyage will pass quickly.

  3. It looks so beautiful. I hope to be in Italy by April. Wish I could decide where though. Mmm

    • Wherever you go will be wonderful…perhaps Casa Debbio.

  4. You are making everyone envious. Enjoy and we look forward to your return.

    • I am delighted to be returning to my lovely villages and my other friends…coffee at Marchetti in late October.

  5. Buon viaggio,Debra – be safe. I can read between the lines how excited you are going back. Ciao Carina

    • I can’t wait to get back to my garden and the lovely villages. It is worth the long, drawn out trip.

  6. Happy and safe travels Deb. You will have certainly earned that aperitivo. Enjoy.

    • Thank you, I can taste the Aperol Spritz now.

  7. I love reading your blog Deb!

    • Thank you, it is nice to know there is somebody out there reading my blog.

  8. Please extend my good wishes to all the folk in “Ponte ” Debra — and have an extra drink on me at Cafe Italia !

    • I will do that Richard, you are remembered fondly in Ponte.

  9. Enticing photos, Debra. Italy is sooooo Bellissimo. I’ll be there in November mainly in the north. Have a good trip home to Bagni di Lucca and Casa Debbio.

    • I hope you enjoy your Italy visit too.

  10. Have a safe and pleasant trip, Deb!

    • Thank you. I’m sorry you won’t be there this time.

  11. Beautiful photos! They truly tell the story of the way to Casa Debbio.

    • It is a beautiful area.

  12. Bentornato

  13. I hope you have a fair wind under your wings Deb. Chestnuts, festivals autumn colours and the beautiful villages – I’m always ready for the ride. Meet you at Marchetti’s!

    • The sfogliatella will be waiting.

  14. Wishing you the safest of journeys .. .and that opening pic knows how to tug at my heart.

    • Thank you. It will be fun.

  15. Dear Debra,
    How lovely and how you have made us so look forward to Brandeglio a village just above Bagni Di Lucca where we have just bought Casa Cima. We are coming out for 10 days from Seotember 21st. Maybe we could meet up for a glass of Vermentino frizzante. I can let you have my Italian mobile number Robin & Margaret

    • Congratulations on buying in such a lovely village. I look forward to meeting you.

  16. See you when you arrive. Ciao until then.

    Sent from Samsung tablet

    • Aperitivo at Bar Italia…

  17. Looking forward to the next episodes from Casa Debbio, Ponte a Serraglio and when you are out and about in Bagni di Lucca & beyond.

    • I am hoping for some lovely autumn weather.

  18. Safe travels and enjoy your time in beautiful Casa Debbio. I travel vicariously through you, Debra, and enjoy every minute of it!

    • I glad you come along on my travels.

  19. Dear Debra,

    I absolutely love your Bagni di Lucca and Beyond. I have always loved the country around Lucca, Pisa and Florence and plan on spending more time there once my husband and I fully retire. My husband’s family comes from the Viareggio area.

    I am emailing a response to your website directly because when I clicked on your personal email in the info about renting your house, I got a “phishing” warning. And since there is so much hacking going on these days, I decided to go another route. You might want to look into that.

    Any way, I am very interested in renting your house in the near future but not quite sure what time of year I will be able to. Can you please send me your rates according to your seasons.

    Thank you so much,

    Mrs. Derin Gemignani


    • I have no idea about the phishing thing. I will have to get help there.
      I will send you an email with details. Thank you.

  20. Have a safe, safe trip, Deb. Look forward to having you back.

    • I look forward to being back in lovely Italy. I am hoping to visit Milan for the Expo.

  21. But the destination is so worth the journey! Safe travel.

    • Yes, it is worth it. I am now waiting in Helsinki for my third plane…all good.

  22. Welcome dear Debra, Thanks and Love, nia

    • It will be great to be back at my garden.

  23. Debra, I will be in Bagni in a few weeks myself. My father is Roberto Cani and he told me to prepare for my few days I should visit your blog. Since then I have spent countless hours reading your posts and admiring your photos. Thank you for sharing all this with the world!

    • Thank you for your kind comments. Have you looked at Bella Bagni di Lucca as well?

  24. Hope you had a safe journey. (Whew, just reading about all of the transportation made me tired!) Looking forward to more from Bagni di Lucca this fall. Did all of your peonies survive the summer?

    • It is a very long way from Australia to Italy. I do the trip twice a year. I went to see my garden today and Filippo has done a great job to keep everything alive through the hot summer. Most of the peonies have survived. We will see if they spring up next year.

  25. Debra, it must be so good to be back! Your post brought back wonderful memories!

  26. Just came from 2-½ days at the hotel terme at bagni di Lucca. Good treatments , lovely thermal pool, terrible food!!! Any suggestions for excellent restaurants in lucca? Im here for a week studying italian. Gtreat shots of the ponte diavalo!

    Thanks, joan levy

    • I like Paris Boheme in Piazza Citadella, beside Puccini. Al Corso in Via Garibaldi or Mecenate in Via del Fosso. If you go to the Lucca category and go back through the archives you should find posts on these. Which school are you going to?

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