Magic Gnome in Search of Home, Part II.

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.

Your Questions Answered – Lucca Biennale 2021

When the editor of Tuscany’s Grapevine magazine asked if I would be interested in writing a story about Lucca Biennale for the September issue, I jumped at the chance to dig deeper and find out more about this event which has long captured my imagination. Every other year for the last ten years – skipping … More Your Questions Answered – Lucca Biennale 2021

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)

Visiting Italy this Summer? Here’s 5 Tips for Navigating Your ‘Covid-Free’ Flight

Last week, Italian PM Mario Draghi announced the doors to Italy would fling open this summer to tourists, not only coming from the EU and U.K., but also the U.S. and Canada. How that welcome mat would roll out in reality was anyone’s guess. Until this past weekend, that is… The big announcement came, unexpectedly, … More Visiting Italy this Summer? Here’s 5 Tips for Navigating Your ‘Covid-Free’ Flight

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