From Danto to Totò, VIP in Bagni di Lucca
Well renowned since the Roman Empire epoque for its healing thermal waters, Bagni di Lucca became the most famous thermal town in Tuscany during the middle ages and a very popular Summer destination for the high society of the period. From the Renaissance, then, kings, princesses and all the European aristocracy used to ask for the miraculous water or go to visit the small town to nurse their diseases and enjoy a refreshing stay in the Lima valley.
From the poems of Dante or Boccaccio, to the performances of Totò in the theatres, the most famous town in the province of Lucca has always had a special place in Tuscan history and art.
The water healing virtues and the thermal spa
Internationally renowned since the beginnings, the thermal waters of Bagni di Lucca seem to be quoted among the most healing waters in the world. There are several thermal baths where different temperatures waters flow from, each of which is thus particularly indicated for nursing specific problems such as digestive or skin diseases.
Thermal baths, nature and...casinò
Bagni di Lucca is the ideal place for spending relaxing vacations surrounded by nature...or this is what it may appear at first glance! Actually Bagni di Lucca is no less than the birthplace of casinò! The countess Matilde di Canossa gave life there to the first casinò in the world when decided to relegate in a definite place all those games that used to take place in inns and pubs at that period.
Nowadays, after being closed for a long time, the Royal Casinò is get back on track and is working again for offering a touch of frivolity to this place of extraordinary beauty.
Orrido di Botri: pure, wild nature
Last but not least, the Natural Reserve of Orrido di Botri is one of the most popular natural tourist attraction of the province of Lucca. It’s a rock canyon dug by water, accessible through broken ground itineraries which may require an expert local guide according to the difficulty and length.
Open from June to September, the access (with fee) to the protected area is strictly regulated; people entering the Natural Reserve must communicate their presence even if no guide is required for the chosen itinerary. At the entrance, tourists will receive all the necessary safety equipment.
How to get to Bagni di Lucca
The small town is set in the Lima valley and the easiest way to get there is by car coming from Lucca, Abetone and following the road to Garfagnana as well. It’s also easily reachable along a panoramic road which passes through Collodi and runs on to the above mountains till Villa Basilica and Boveglio, for finally getting down to the plain of Bagni di Lucca. It’s a nice ride, taking up to an hour around suggestive Tuscan views.