Posted by: Debra Kolkka | February 20, 2017

The end of winter

I have arrived in Italy to glorious winter weather. It is sunny and clear and not too cold…the perfect weather to be out walking.

Ponte a Serraglio looks wonderful.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

As soon as I could I headed up to Casa Debbio to see how it has survived the winter…all is well. Casa Debbio is waiting patiently for spring.

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

There are some signs that spring is not too far away. Daffodils will soon be open.

Casa Debbio

There are buds on the wisteria.

Casa Debbio

I can see signs of new life everywhere…I will keep you posted.


  1. I’ve only ever been to Italy in Winter and I have been absolutely in love! Next year I’ll be in Florence in the summer which will be a new experience for sure.

    • I like winter, spring and autumn here in Italy. I find the summer too hit and crowded.

  2. Looking wonderful enjoy the cool fresh air.

    • I am enjoying it. I have been out walking today, such a change from Brisbane summer.

  3. Count down is one…three days till we fly out of Boston……spring will be a welcome sight.

    • I look forward to seeing you. Spring is on the way.

  4. I am SO envious :mrgreen:

  5. Such a change from last winter

  6. Last winter was so wet – and so was spring – this year looks great

    • I’m sure we will see some more cold, wet weather before spring truly arrives, but I am certainly enjoying these fine days.

  7. I wish I could say the same for Milan. We had spring all over the place this past weekend and then it whiplashed back into winter. Today was downright depressing.

    • No doubt the same will happen here, but it is good while it lasts.

  8. Looks lovely Deb.. Especially as we are still in the hottest February since whenever. But we do have the blue skies at least.

    • I am happy to be out of the heat.

  9. So pleased to hear that everything is OK over there. Looking forward to reading all about the changes as they happen. xx

    • I am going to the garden centre today to buy 100 lavender plants for the driveway. I can’t wait to start planting.

  10. I love the sticky green buds of Spring and the promise that daffodils offer – and the wonderful smell of fresh, cool air.

    • I will be keeping an eye on the growing buds each day. Several of my peonies are showing new growth.

  11. The family have all skipped this winter in Italy and have been here in Perth for the summer and for the birth of second child! Our summer has been unusually much cooler than normal. Loving it. Enjoy Spring.

    • Brisbane summer has been horribly hot. I am pleased to be out of it. Congratulations for the new baby.

  12. Looking forward to seeing your garden in spring🌸🌹

    • Me too. I love to watch the garden come to life.

  13. Simply vibrant photographs 🙂

    • Thank you. It is a beautiful part of the world.

  14. Hey Deb ….. please say hello to all the crazy people of ponte Serraglia for me !

    • I will, but it is time you returned.

  15. Looks so pretty!

    • It is a gorgeous area.

  16. How absolutely gorgeous!

    • I like the winter landscape, but I also love to watch everything turn green.

  17. Stunning … a spring is around the corner! Glad you are back in the valley.

    • I am pleased to be back too.

  18. Enjoy your stay!

    • Thank you. I hope to see you soon.

  19. Oh that is gorgeous! In Finland we just got a fresh coat of snow..

    • I was just in Helsinki. I’m sorry I missed the snow.

  20. I can almost feel that weather, crisp and cool!

    • It is great weather for walking.



  22. Oh, I love seeing this post after I saw the open daffodils. 🙂 The light is gorgeous on Ponte a Serraglio. There’s something about that winter light, isn’t there? Magical almost…

    • I love winter here. It is completely different from winter in sub tropical Brisbane.

      • I can imagine! I love getting to know different winters, too. It is amazing how much they can differ.

  23. Hi Debra: Thank you for this wonderful blog. The last week of April, l will be in Lucca studying Italian. If have rented an apartment and look forward to shopping in the markets and exploring the area. Thanks again for all your information and wonderful photos. Diane

    • Are you going to the Lucca Italian School? It is great, you will have a great time. If you look in the “Lucca” category you will find lots on Lucca.

      • Thank you Debra for the information. Yes, I will be studying at Lucca Italian School. I am a little nervous but I wanted to do this for many years. Thank you again. Diane

      • The people at the school are lovely and it is in a gorgeous old building beside the wall surrounding Lucca. Everyone I know who has been there has really enjoyed it.

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