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Bagni di Lucca

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THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF THE SPA BAGNI DI LUCCA WHICH HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN OVER TIME TRADITIONS

One of the most frequented Spas in Europe, since 15th century, those of Bagni di Lucca have always received particular attention from medieval nobles that recommended for beneficial effects. Located near the ancient Via Francigena, the Spa became a place of pilgrimage, even among the most needy and poor people who needed assistance. The Republic of Lucca, who had control over the site, offered regularly to these persons a meal and a curative bath in their waters creating a local tradition.

To bear the costs of these freebies, it seems that Lucca was born the first Casino in the world, whose proceeds were destined to the payment of the stays of the needy.

 

 

Traditions

The local traditions are linked to the presence of the baths. From the medieval healing baths, over time, developed the popular custom of Bagno di San Giovanni: a dip in the springs of 38° C to pray to the Saint.

Renowned carnival chariots, also mentioned by Totò, which evoke through performances, the arrival of foreign noble families of the middle ages.

 

Typical products

The near inns of the termal bath, but of course also the many dining options present in Bagni di Lucca, offering typical food and wine of Tuscany. In addition to meats and game, the municipality of Lucca offers a rich selection of red wines recognized for its value in Italy and beyond.

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