Warning to all those coming from other countries to spend their Easter in our part of the world: make sure you can get to your place!
Just going from Chiffenti to Bagni di Lucca Villa – apart from the standard traffic lights at Ponte di Seraglio (when will they get that proposed tunnel built, I wonder?) where the road becomes a single carriageway, except for the week-ends when a flashing amber light states that you can risk it in both directions – I had to negotiate two further sections of single carriageway with temporary traffic lights, this time because of the inordinate number of winter landslides caused by the excessive rainfall we’ve had..
At least I managed to get through (though it does take a little bit longer). Pity the poor folk of Tereglio who now have to do a substantial detour through Lucignana to get to valley-bottom civilization! It’s just as well that Lucignana, too, hasn’t suffered from landslides as it did a few years back. In the case of Tereglio, however, it isn’t so much a question of a simple landslide but of the road moving about like a slithy serpent because of the continuous instability and possibility of a whole hill slope descending into the Fegana torrent.
Even pedestrians have had to be diverted via a specially built path. It just isn’t safe there anymore.
It would be tedious to enumerate all the other single track roads, temporary traffic lights and downright road closure and diversions in our comune of Bagni di Lucca. I’ve never known anything like it except for that fateful year when Bagni di Lucca Villa was cut off from Ponte a Seraglio by a massive landslide. Evidently, this is an occurrence which come round every thirty years or so as these photographs of another landslide at Ponte shows dating from 1985:
In the past the worthy church-going inhabitants of Villa might sometimes have felt that they had been blessed by being cut off from their worldly casino-going neighbours in Ponte – such were the attitudes in more prudish times. Today it’s just another terrible inconvenience.
For how much longer the Tereglians will be cut off from direct access to the main valley is anyone’s guess. Let’s count our blessings: the following (English) inhabitant of Val Fegana had his garden wiped away when the river decided to change its course and ploughed through it last winter.
At this point anyone who doesn’t believe in climate change in our Valle di Lima must be living in cloud-cuckoo land.