Bagni di Lucca is made up of two distinct areas; Ponte a Seragglio where the apartment sits right next to the bridge over the river Lima, thermal spas at the Bagni di Lucca Terme, piazza with café bar (Bar Italia a firm favourite with all residents and visitors), the casino, but held to be the first roulette casino in Europe, a number of restaurants and a tourist information centre.
Then a short walk along the river to La Villa is the main part of Bagni di Lucca with its market square and beautiful buildings, more restaurants (including Circolo Forresteri), cafes and shops to cater for all needs, banks, cash points, post office and the open air swimming pool complex fed by the natural spa waters with panoramic views around the valley.
There is lots to explore around Bagni di Lucca with its river, architecture, churches, local history, Roman ruins and beautiful surrounding countryside. Whether it is walking, cycling, horse riding, skiing, sight seeing, wine tasting or total relaxation you are looking for Bagni di Lucca can supply.
There are many good restaurants in Bagni di Lucca, offering Tuscan food and wine at very reasonable prices. The town is unusually rich in history and architecture for its size, reflecting the elegance of the bygone era, when everyone who was anyone came to Bagni di Lucca for its mild climate, renowned thermal springs and hospitality. The townspeople are well used to welcoming foreign visitors, with many speaking some English. The spa still offers treatments and pampering packages. The towns' open air public swimming pool also uses the thermal waters. There is a tennis club by the river.
The surrounding countryside is excellent for all kinds of walking, from a gentle stroll to mountain hiking. The nature reserve of the spectacular Orrido di Botri canyon is nearby, also the Garfagnana mountains, Apuane Alps and underground show caves of Grotta del Vento. It is usually possible to arrange horse riding, canoeing and other outdoor activities.
There are many enchanting hill villages to explore within the Comune of Bagni di Lucca, with typical stone houses, cobbled streets and panoramic views across the hills and mountain and down onto the Lima valley.
The city of Lucca, Puccini's birthplace, is only 24 km away, with its medieval and renaissance palazzos and grand piazzas preserved within its intact C.16th walls and ramparts. A walk or cycle/tandem ride around on top of the walls is a highlight for many visitors. There are always concerts on here, classical and pop, and an important antiques market each month. Around Lucca are many historic Villas and gardens open to the public.
The medieval hill town of Barga, with its steep cobbled streets is only 19km away, and hosts jazz and opera festivals in summer. Parco di Pinocchio, celebrating Pinocchio in statues and mosaic is 25km.
The leaning tower and field of miracles in Pisa can easily be visited, 3/4 of hour(48km) or for a slightly longer day trip Florence is about an hour and a half by car, 2 hours by train (98km).
The Versilia coast is within easy driving distance, 48 km to Viareggio,(also by train), a large seaside resort, with appealing art nouveau seafront, elegant avenues, pine groves and plenty of sand. It offers the typical Italian beach 'Bagno' facilities or nearby is Torre del Lago which has free public beach areas. Further along the coast is Forte dei Marmi, where the glamorous go, set against the backdrop of the marble quarries of the Apuan Alps, with, amongst its many facilities, an excellent quality golf club.
Abetone, the main winter sports resort for Tuscany, is 40 minutes drive (38km). At 1400 metres and set in an enchanting forest. Ski runs are available in 4 valleys, with numerous ski facilities including 1 cable car, 2 cabin ways, 9 chairlifts, 15 ski lifts, 37 ski slopes, 2 cross country slopes and 5 ski schools.
Nearest airport: Pisa, approx. 50 minute drive.
By train: Railway station in Bagni di Lucca, Trains from Pisa and Lucca.
Car hire useful but not essential, good public transport- buses and trains.
Plenty to do/see within walking distance of the apartment.
Nearest restaurants,bar, ice cream in Ponte a Serraglio- 2 minutes flat walk.
Thermal Spa complex - a steep 10 minute walk.
More restaurants, shops, banks, etc., in Bagni Villa, also excellent large open air pool - 15 minutes walk.
Lucca - 24km (25 minutes drive or train).
Pisa 48km (45minutes drive or train).
Florence 98km (hour & a half drive, 2 hours by train).