Posted by: Debra Kolkka | February 24, 2018

Winter days at Ponte a Serraglio

The days are cold right now in Ponte a Serraglio, not that I mind a bit if cold weather.

We have had some sunny days.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

My daffodils are growing well and soon I will plant pansies on the balcony and the bridge below.

Ponte a Serraglio

Now it is overcast with occasional rain.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

I have been busy with boring stuff, getting the phone working and organising the renewal of my Permesso di Soggiorno. I am convinced that the people who work at the Lucca post office hate their jobs and dedicate their working hours to making customers as miserable as they are. Anyway, after many hours my paperwork has been processed and I have an appointment in April at the Questura, another joyful experience.

Snow is predicted! I hope it happens.


  1. Right now it is cold everywhere in Europe, so some snow will not be surprising…
    Bureaucrats belong to the same human race no matter their nationality: they are born to make life miserable and get paid for that.

    • The post office workers in Lucca take it to another level. I dread going in there.

  2. Those post office workers sound quite like the ones we have here in France! I have missed the snow this winter which has fallen in odd places like Paris but not in our corner of the Haute Savoie. Let’s hope for an early spring!

    • I am happy to be out of Brisbane heat, but spring is always welcome.

  3. Ponte is beautiful in any weather – lovely photos

    • It is always beautiful. That is why we come.

  4. I just can’t understand why they have to make it so awful! They must be truely unhappy people. The challenge is not to let them get the better of you Deb. Have an Aperol….it just might help!

    • I don’t get it. I understand that the job might be a bit boring, but if they were nice to people, the customers are happy and the whole thing would make for a more pleasant day all round.

  5. So awesome photos, keep it up.

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  7. I know how much you love the whole Permesso process…Ha! I hope it turns out to be a bit less stressful this time around.

    • Lately I have been having more trouble at the post office than the Questura, but every year is different.

  8. See you soon….today is organization and packing day…..plowable snaw predicted for tomorrow but milder next week……love the daffodils in bloom…..all I have is forced forthysia in side in bloom. .

    • I look forward to seeing you soon.

  9. It’s really a shame that the postal workers have to be so disagreeable and make what is already a difficult process even harder. I’m sure you’re a pro by now!

    • I know what to expect, but it doesn’t make it any more pleasant.

  10. Perhaps you would know. We would like to stay in Bagni di Lucca for a little over 90 days from the end of June until the end of September. We were told that we would only be allowed to stay 90 days. Is that true? Is it possible to get an extension? How strict are they? Thanks.

    • Unless you have a European passport you can stay 90 days in 180 days. To extend this you need to get a Visa at an Italian consulate where you live, then get a Permesso di Soggiorno when you arrive in Italy. If you look on my blog in the Official stuff in Italy the process is explained. It is possible, but difficult.

      • Thank you. Seems like a lot of (typical) Italian paperwork for an extra week or so. We will make sure to leave on the 90th day. Will you still be there around the 29th of June?

      • It would not be worth the effort and the cost for an extra week. I will not be here at the end of June and won’t be back until late September.

  11. Your photos look great, Deb. Hopefully next year, I shall be in Italy but I
    don’t think I will go through the stressful procedure to get a Residenza Elettiva at the Italian Brisbane embassy. They must be closely related to the post office employees at Lucca. Since this wave of illegal immigrants started it seems extremely hard to get a visa for longer than the 90 days that you are allowed visa free. I got my last extended visa in Jan 2014 but it seems even more demanding now. Enjoy your time in Italia, Ciao.

    • I know the consulate well. There are indeed more requirements than there were when I began the process about 12 years ago. Jim applied last year and there are several more hoops to jump through.

  12. Beautiful pictures of a very beautiful place. Enjoy the cooler weather. It’s still hot and humid here is Brisbane unfortunately. Maybe you could cheer up the postal workers with a plate of homemade (or bought) biscotti? Good luck at the Questura.

    • I wonder what they would do if I turned up with a treat! The Questura has been a bit easier lately, but it does depend who you get at the counter.

  13. Gorgeous as always Debra!

  14. wow 😍😍 beautifully captured locations and amazing places

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