Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 24 October 2013

The villages of Guzzano, San Gemignano & Montefegatesi

Today we went for a drive to visit these three lovely villages. As with most of the villages here in the area of Bagni di Lucca they are either on the side of or on the top of a mountain, so the views are spectacular.

Our first stop was Guzzano which sits 465 meters above sea level. Last reports show the population as 79 residents and it is only 5 kms from here.

As we were leaving the village we came across this farmer herding his goats along the high road.

Debra has previously done a blog on Renzo the farmer and kindly sent me this photo. The link to Debra’s blog is below. Just type Renzo in the search area and he will be there.


Bella Bagni di Lucca

Our next stop was at San Gemignano (not to be confused with San Gimignano in the Chanti area) which is 532 meters above sea level and about 8 kms from Bagni di Lucca. The area has a recorded history dating back to the 8th century.

It was then on to Montefegatesi which is 15 km away and the highest village in the Bagni di Lucca area at 842 metres above sea level. History first notes Montefegatesi in 983.

A statue dedicated to Dante sits at the highest point in the village; from here the views are fantastic. On our previous visit here in March the high peaks were all covered in snow.

These villages are all lovely to visit and the views are worth the windy drive up to the peak.


  1. We all got so excited by your email home and your visit. We have missed you both some much but we are torn because we have really enjoyed your adventurous tales. Are they steps in the last image up the side of a building?

    • Thanks Andrea. Yes they are steps but we didn’t use them….not sure how safe they would be.

  2. Are you sure you’re coming home at some stage?!! With all this lovely scenery, food, wine and visitors, it would be tempting to just stay. Magic photos!!

    • I know what you mean. It will be very hard to leave all these wonderful people, places and things…..but as they say…..all good things come to an end, but the new things will be just as good.

  3. All those villages are really wonderful throughout the year. Great photos!

    • There are so many gorgeous little villages around…we have now been to many of them.

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