Christmas festivities have definitely arrived at Bagni di Lucca. In front of the Circolo dei Forestieri the traditional “crib-in-the-fountain” is being set up.
Quite apart from the cheerful street lights and the shop-window dressings, there are also a variety of events planned, especially for the week-ends. Here is the commune’s programme.
Today, Saturday, the Christmas markets will start up and the first of the living cribs will be presented in the square in front of the circolo dei forestieri restaurant.
Tomorrow is nearby Fornoli’s “Festa dell’Immaculata” (“Feast of the Immaculate Conception”. This is the doctrine promulgated by Pope Pius IX in 1854 that the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin – not that Christ was born immaculately from her as some people mistakenly think.)
The theatre season also begins at the Teatro Accademico with “Il Bel Antonio”. Like several Italian plays this derives from a film Il bell ‘Antonio directed by Bolognini which in its turn was based on a novel by Brancati and adapted for the screen by Pasolini. The original film starred Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale and Tomas Milian and won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. The plot revolves around handsome Antonio (played by Mastroianni) who is considered the perfect lover. But all is not what it seems…
Incidentally, the weather remains fine as these photos from a walk the other day confirm: