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Vagli Sotto – a charming village in the Apuan Alps


In the Garfagnana region in the Province of Lucca in the northwest Tuscany, Italy, one finds the commune Vagli Sotto with its historical center on top of a 600 m high hill in the artificial lake Lago di Vagli. This July I spend two weeks in the village – and I never became tired of walking around in the narrow streets and alleys looking at the old houses of stone and their worn out roofs of red bricks or slate – or both. The village was almost dead during daytime, but at sunset people, bats and fireflies came out and filled the squares, the air and the darker surroundings with movements, sounds and light.

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  1. Looks like a very interesting place to visit.

    • Thank you very much for your comment! Vagli Sotto is visited by many day-tourists. But if you really enjoy small villages, nature and quietness (besides the sounds of swifts morning and evening, and cicadas and motor driven hand held tools during day) you can easily spend a week or longer here.

      • …yes, I like that.
        It is always good to visit places where there are not so many tourists. And even if there are day time tourists, they will be gone my nightfall.

  2. Lovely village and setting, a place I’ll add to my list of “someday”s. Thank you for sharing your photos.

    • Thank you very much for your comment! It certainly is a lovely place. The coming days I will publish more photos which will underline this. The only “disadvantage” about Vagli Sotto is that it is situated almost at the end of a long, long, long cul de sac.

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