20150803_124451As our Italian vacation nears an end I could hardly say no when a friend invited Spencer for a sleep over. Our boys have become best friends and inseparable. So I packed an overnight bag for Spencer and gave a hug and kiss goodbye.  Then jumped for joy came back to our hotel and put on my workout clothes.  I decided to trek down to Fornoli, one of the many Bagni di Lucca villages I have yet to explore.

 

 

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Despite today’s summer heat, trees shaded most of my fifteen minute walk from Ponte a Serraglio. I said “ciao” to some four legged friends then came upon the Ponte delle Catene.

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This impressive suspension bridge allows only foot traffic, crosses the Lima River and links Fornoli and Chifenti. For a quick history of the bridge check out local resident, Debra Kolkka’s blog, Bella Bagni di Lucca.

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After browsing in a few shops I came across Ristorante La Ruota. They offer an 11 Euro lunch menu featuring three courses, wine, water and coffee.

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For primi piatti I chose spaghetti algio, olio and peperoncino.

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I ordered the hamburger (it came without the bun) for my secondi piatti, and patate fritte (french fries) for my final course. My waiter brought a half liter of water along with a quarter liter of house white wine.

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Normally I share these three course meals with Spencer (except for the wine of course), but since I’m flying solo today I indulged.  I’m definitely adding La Ruota to my favorites list. I left with a full belly and happily put feet to the pavement for Ponte a Serraglio.

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I took another route back to my hotel and snapped several pictures along the way. Exploring Bagni di Lucca by foot is a fabulous way to see this part of Tuscany.

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I ended my afternoon with a stop at Il Monaco, my favorite gelato shop in this area.  I’m sure Spencer is missing me terribly having a wonderful time with his best buddy!

 

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