For this story to make any sense we must rewind the clock three years to November 2018. Matt and I had been searching, unsuccessfully, for months for a place to call “home-base,” after years of traveling, non-stop and nomadically, around the world. After living in other people’s spaces and rental apartments, from Myanmar to Morocco … More Magic Gnome in Search of Home, Part II.
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)
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
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
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