The legend of “hens with brakes” refers to an old story about a secret village that was located on such a steep slope, that the farmers had to secure their chickens to tables or chairs to prevent them from rolling down. The village, called Lucchio, is located 780 meters above sea level in between the Pistoia and Lucca provinces, on the road to Abetone. Today, Lucchio is uninhabited and appears to be a ghost town, yet it still maintains the enchanting allure of historical places.
A trip to Lucchio offers not just a scenic drive but also a memorable experience at the medieval fortress, the Rocca, where you can admire the breathtaking panoramic view stretching from the surrounding mountains to the Lima valley below.
Additionally, Lucchio serves as a starting point for several exciting excursions, including a visit to the Suspended Bridge of San Marcello Pistoiese. The bridge is accessible by driving along the Brennero state road from Bagni di Lucca to Abetone and parking either along the road near the signpost for the Suspended Bridge or on the other side of the bridge in San Marcello Pistoiese. From there, follow the signpost for the Suspended Bridge and continue on foot.
The 227-metre-long, 36-metre-high bridge is only 80 cm wide and spans the Lima stream, connecting Mammiano Basso and Popiglio. It was built in 1923 to allow workers in Popiglio to reach the other side of the stream without having to take a longer route. Access to the bridge is free and provides a thrilling experience, especially for thrill-seekers and fans of traditional Tibetan bridges.
Author: Eduardo Lubrano