Today Bagni di Lucca is a charming little Spa town, nestling in the green valley of the river Lima at the foot of the Apennines, which lie between Tuscany and Emilia. This position lends to it something of the aspects of a mountain resort in spite of its actual altitude of just less than 500 ft above sea level. Consisting of three major centres, Villa , Ponte a Serraglia and Fornoli , it s surrounded by a constellation of villages and hamlets and the whole area is rich in artistic and natural beauties. At Fornoli there is the monumental Ponte delle Catene , a suspension bridge designed by the Lucchese architect Lorenzo Nottolini in 1840 but only completed in 1860. In 1825 Carlo Ludovico, Duke of Lucca, regulated card games and set up the royal Casino at Ponte a Serraglio in 1839, the first in Europe. The Villa Ada , built in the 16th century, several times modernised and now devoted to various Spa treatments. In the grounds are three swimming pools, which are filled with water from thermal springs. The former Anglican church lies a little low-down while a little further off is the 12th century parish church of St. Peter. Bagni di Lucca Spa is not just a palace for treatments and rest. Numerous firm with a tradition going back two or three century, when vendors of statuettes and workers in stucco emigrated all over the world, have recalled some of these workers to their native place and giving life in the field are concentrated in our valley. Here the largest handmade crib ever made, with life-size figures, was built in 1988 for presentation to the Pope.
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