On a Visit to San Cassiano di Controne

San Cassiano di Controne, small village high on a mountain above Bagni di Lucca in Tuscany, is where my paternal grandparents grew up. I haven’t been there since 1964, so Debra’s blog has helped take me back. Enjoy! For anyone who loves Italy, see other posts here and/or her Bagni di Lucca and Beyond blog in her sidebar …. and thank you Debra! Ciao.

Bella Bagni di Lucca

The hamlets that make up San Cassiano were once quite highly populated, but like many of the villages of Bagni di Lucca, it is now a quiet place. We parked the car at the bottom of the village and walked up towards the church and the main square. Along the way we met Arnoldo and his son Fabio who had been collecting fig cuttings to plant.


Arnoldo speaks good English as a result of living in America for 15 years. He came back to his home in San Cassiano in 1971 and has lived here ever since. You can’t blame him, the village is lovely. It sits high on the hill with sunshine all day and spectacular views all around.

He told us that there were 7 parts to San Cassiano. The village will obviously require several visits.

We walked past the War Memorial with the lists of the town’s…

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23 thoughts on “On a Visit to San Cassiano di Controne

  1. I am travel shy, but folks tell me that Italy is the easiest for a midwest American like me with all the American personality issues to see and deal with because of folks hospitality, diet, knowledge of English, etc. So I will watch that site.


    • Randel,
      English in the cities of western Europe is going to be good, but (in general) not as good in the villages. I recently read the Scandanavians are very good with English. None the less, Europe is a wonderful place to visit, and I recommend cruising in the Mediterranean. Thanks for commenting.


    • Guapo,
      Someday I will. I imagine that not much has changed in this small mountain town since I last visited … well, at least externally. You gotta see the setting at the bottom of the mountain! Thanks for commenting.


  2. Hi,
    I went over and had a look at the link to the other blog, really gorgeous photos, such a lovely place. It has been a long time since you have been there, you will have to put it on the bucket list. 🙂


  3. I can’t even imagine day to day life in such a place as this….but it must be wonderful. Thanks Frank…..and I KNOW you’ll make it back, all it takes is the want to do so.


    • Les,
      As a friend of mine says, “Italy is one long museum.” I like to think of Italy in two parts: the must-see tourist attractions as Rome, Florence, Venice, and more … and the charm of the rural towns. As far as my trip, I’m hoping within 5 years. Thanks for visiting.


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