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
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
At the beginning of 2020 – not for nothing, but doesn’t that seem like a decade ago? – Matt and I had a dream of nesting in an apartment we had recently purchased in Lucca, Italy. That dream, however, as much as we’ve tried, has stubbornly alluded us (aka the visa-saga). Maybe that struggle is … More View from Our Window(s) – Part I. Global Pandemic from the Perspective of Three Different Countries.