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Bagni di Lucca isn’t on the tour bus trail. Not that it’s remote. Lucca of the medieval towers, one of Tuscany’s great art cities, is only 20 minutes down the road. You can be in Pisa or at the Mediterranean coast within an hour; Florence within two. In winter, there’s skiing at Abetone, around 48 kilometres away.
I never tire of the scenery in the Chiriqui countryside, with wide open cattle pastures, tall palms swaying in the breeze, and stands of pine trees in the highlands. From the peaks of Baru Volcano and Cerro Punta to the shoreline of the Gulf of Chiriqui, and everything in between, the landscape is lush and green, with bright flowers attracting colourful birds and butterflies.