7 Delightful Surprises about Tuscany’s Villa Reale (Royal Palace)

7 Delightful Surprises about Tuscany’s Villa Reale (Royal Palace) A national landmark and one of Italy’s most famous villas rests only 10 kilometers from the historic center of Lucca. Villa Reale (aka the Royal Palace of Marlia) boosts over 16 hectares of rolling landscape and includes a Renaissance-era villa, exquisite English-style gardens, an outdoor theater, … More 7 Delightful Surprises about Tuscany’s Villa Reale (Royal Palace)

This Week from Lucca: Painter Fabrizio Barsotti Discusses ‘I Fossi dell’Arte’ Street Festival, returning this Saturday 15 May

The first time my husband and I wandered around the historic center of Lucca, like every visitor before and since, we were dazzled by the medieval towers, ornately-grand buildings and overflowing abundance of churches. Beauty, undeniable, lies at the heart of Lucca. Yet, it wasn’t until we got lost deep within the city’s labyrinth, that … More This Week from Lucca: Painter Fabrizio Barsotti Discusses ‘I Fossi dell’Arte’ Street Festival, returning this Saturday 15 May

A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

Can you imagine pursuing a dream, working month after month to achieve your goal, then as your aspirations begin to reach fruition… Pandemic enters the stage. It’s a tale of struggle and uncertainty known to all too-many small entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world, including one of my favorite “new” places in Lucca, … More A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

A Conversation with Artist Simone Chelini // Una Conversazione con L’Artistia Simone Chelini

The language of art is universal and unlimited. My Italian language skills, however, are not. Estremamente. For this interview, you will find below the text in English and Italian. Please forgive any errors. I’m trying and learning, always. And, I welcome any comments and feedback on the translation! A few years ago, while beginning our … More A Conversation with Artist Simone Chelini // Una Conversazione con L’Artistia Simone Chelini

How Can We Give the Gift of Community This Year?

Show of Hands: Who Plans to Give the Gift of Community This Year? (B/C: 2020 needs all the goodness we can muster, right?) Undoubtedly, closures, limited hours and stay-at-home orders make it trickier than ever, but with a bit of extra effort, it’s possible to find local businesses to support in these difficult times – … More How Can We Give the Gift of Community This Year?