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Lucchio

Lucchio, ghost town and the medieval fortress together

What are hens with brakes? It is an ancient legend about a hidden village that is so steeply sloping that it is said that farmers had to tie their hens to tables or chairs to prevent them from falling into the void. It is Lucchio, 780 metres above sea level, between the provinces of Pistoia and Lucca, on the Abetone road. The village is now uninhabited and looks like a ghost town, but it retains the charm of those inspiring places of the past.

What to see in Lucchio, Tuscany

 A visit to Lucchio, apart from the fact that you pass along a highly spectacular road, has its climax when once you take the road to the medieval fortress you reach the Rocca and stop to look at the view. The view is breathtaking because it goes from the mountains around the village to the Lima stream at the bottom of the valley.

Lucchio can also be the starting point for other exciting excursions. For example, the one to the Suspension Bridge of San Marcello Pistoiese, which can be reached by proceeding along the Brennero state road that leads from Bagni di Lucca to Abetone. You can leave your car along the road at the signpost for the Suspended Bridge (there is a small widening where you can park) or you can continue on the other side of the bridge. In the latter case, you arrive in San Marcello Pistoiese and take the road to the left (Via del Contadino in Mammiano Basso), park and continue on foot following the signpost for the Suspended Bridge.

The bridge is 227 metres long, 36 metres high at its highest point and only 80 cm wide. It connects the two banks of the Lima stream (the one you can see from the Rocca di Lucchio) between Mammiano Basso and Popiglio. It was inaugurated in 1923 to allow the workers who lived in Popiglio to go to work on the other side of the stream without having to extend the route by kilometres. Access to the bridge is totally free of charge and is a powerful experience, especially for lovers of the genre, as it is a classic Tibetan bridge.

by Eduardo Lubrano.