December so far has been a very eventful (and sunny) month. Every weekend there is a great event to attend. The weather has been particularly good, and the villages of our beautiful “Valle dei Presepi e di Babbo Natale” are looking at their best. This weekend we went to Fornoli for the Fiera dell’immacolata on Saturday, and to Barga to the Festa del Cioccolato on Sunday.
The 8th of December is a festive day in Italy, the Festa dell’Immacolata, so we went to Fornoli and visited the traditional “Fiera dell’Immacolata”, a well organized market with stalls selling just about everything, from clothes to shoes, from little pets to Christmas gifts.
On Sunday there were many events around, but we love chocolate too much to miss the amazing “Festa del Ciccolato” in Barga. The village of Barga is one of the most picturesque around – a fortified medieval village set among rolling hills which has retained all its charm.
In the squares and alleys of this beautiful village, there were lots of stalls typical of a Christmas Market.
But the most amazing experience has been sampling chocolate of all types – what a treat!
In the end we couldn’t resist a cup of hot chocolate, which we sipped in one of the charming squares of Barga
In the afternoon we came back to Bagni di Lucca, where the kids attended a fashion show organized in the Square of Circolo dei Forestieri during another Christmas event: Total Look under the Christmas Tree.
We are so happy to have had the chance to attend an array of beautiful, fun events in our area and we’re already counting the days till next weekend, when Bagni di Lucca La Villa will transform itself into the Village of Father Christmas.