Welcome to Bagni di Lucca
Small-town Bagni di Lucca is 28km south of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana on the banks of the Lima river. Famed in the early 19th century for its thermal waters, which were enjoyed by the Lucca gentry and an international set (Byron, Shelley, Heinrich Heine and Giacomo Puccini were among the celebrity guests to take the waters), the spa town today is a pale shadow of its former splendid neoclassical self. In past years it had its own beautiful neoclassical casino (1837) with a music room where Strauss, Puccini and Liszt all performed, as well as a theatre and an atypically ornate Anglican church, now the municipal library (look for the stucco lion and unicorn motif above each window on the vivid burnt-red facade). In the small British cemetery, baroque tombs speak volumes.