Posted by: Debra Kolkka | October 6, 2019

October in Italy

It is great to be back in Italy for a while. I first went to our apartment in Bagni di Lucca as we had guests staying at Casa Debbio.

Our little bit of Bagni di Lucca, Ponte a Serraglio, is looking gorgeous in early autumn. The weather has mostly been warm and sunny, with occasional bursts of heavy rain, along with some lovely misty days.

We have had some spectacular sunsets at Ponte a Serraglio.

As soon as I could I went up to Casa Debbio to see how our garden had grown, and how it survived the hot summer.

I love the drive up to Vergemoli, where our house is. This is my favourite view along the way.

Our lavender has grown this year. I would have loved to have seen it at its best in July, but I can image what it looked like.

The straw bed has not yet been eaten by the wild goats, but they have eaten all the roses, the oak leaf hydrangeas and nibbled at our new cherry trees.

I picked the last of our tomatoes, and ate the last figs on the trees. I can report that both were delicious.

Autumn mists change the view from Casa Debbio constantly.

Tonight I sat outside on the terrace and watched the gentle evening sky.

It is good to be back. Thank you Filippo for taking wonderful care of our garden over the summer. This autumn we will plant some more fruit trees and put some more peonies in the ground for spring.

If you look on my Instagram page (Debra Kolkka) you can see sme short videos of Ponte a Serraglio and Casa Debbio.


  1. What a wonderful time of year to come back to Tuscany!

    • It is indeed! I do love it here.

      • Marvellous!

  2. I can vouch for the tomatoes and figs – both delicious – a beautiful time in our part of Italy – sad to be going home

    • It is always difficult to leave, but we know we will be back soon.

  3. How lovely! I must say, Ponte a Serraglio really tugs at my heart strings.

    • It is a pretty place.

  4. Beautiful.

    • We live in a gorgeous part of Italy.

  5. Beautiful, the garden is so established now. I would love to see it.

    • You would not recognise Casa Debbio…time for another visit.

      • Working on it. Cherry has been in touch, so lovely to hear from her.

  6. Aaah, memories

    • Perhaps you need to return.

  7. So lovely! Enjoy your time there.

    • Thank you. It is raining this morning, that is beautiful too.

  8. So beautiful! Are the wild goats a big problem?

    • Not a huge problem. We have tried to plant things they don’t eat, such as lavender, rosemary, wisteria and peonies. They love to eat the roses, but is usually at the end of summer. This is the first time I have know them to eat hydrangeas. The property is too big to fence, so we just have to live with it.

  9. Beautiful images…

    Everything look so fresh and serene…

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you. It is certainly serene and peaceful here at Casa Debbio. There is a gentle rain falling right now. We need rain after a dry winter.

      • It is really interesting to see that you have such a beautiful house in this stunning place…

        Just visited your website ‘Casa Debbio and great to see that, you offer it to your guests also.

        As I am part of a community based tourism organization, it’s really nice to see your property. We are connected to some really interesting Italian responsible tour operators and we used to have many guests from Italy.

        I really wish I could visit this beautiful place when I visit Italy 🙂

      • If you come to Italy please email me. I will take you up to Casa Debbio to show you our beautiful garden.

      • I will definitely inform you when I plan a visit to Italy 🙂
        Thank you so much for your invitation to your beautiful place.

  10. It looks so beautiful! I am going to Italy on a yoga retreat in Umbria and then spending time in Rome, I am super excited! I have never been to Italy and I know this will not be my last trip there! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and story!

    • Have a wonderful time! Umbria is gorgeous and Rome is always exciting.

  11. September-October has always been a favorite time in Bagni di Lucca. I think it is because it is cooler and that golden autumn light is unique. Enjoy your stay!

    • I love it too! The days are warm and the mornings and evenings deliciously cool.

  12. Just lovely – and those wonderful tomatoes!

    • They were delicious and I am very happy to had found a few figs.

  13. It must be such a lovely feeling every time you return to your ‘homes away from home’. Enjoy your stay and we look forward to seeing your blogs.

    • It’s great to be back. I started pruning some of the lavender yesterday, but it rained last night and I woke to a fierce wind, so I came back to Ponte.

  14. Your gardens have grown in beautifully. Those pesky goats 😔they need to develop a taste for hay. We always had deer nibbling on our apple trees when we had our orchard in New England.

    • The goats are a nuisance, but we can’t do much about it. Recently a family of wild boar came through and carved up a few of our terraces…the joys of living in a national park!
      On the other hand, our garden had a huge growth spurt this summer. Most things are thriving.

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