‟A fun and fascinating read sprinkled with humor, history and the conundrums of living in a foreign speaking country.” That’s how author E.C. Murray describes ‟An American Family in Italy: Living la dolce vita without permission.” This light and lively book, released in July, describes the adventures of Paul Spadoni, an Italo-Americano who lives in...

Set in gorgeous and magnificent Tusncany, and immersed in the splendid countryside just outside favorite art cities like Florence and Lucca are the Medici Villas, built during the Florentine Renaissance and inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in June, 2013.

On a narrow cobbled thoroughfare in this small Tuscan city, one shop’s windows glimmer with jewelry created over centuries. Gioielleria Carli, founded in 1655, promotes itself as Italy’s oldest jewelry store. Hanging from its rib-vaulted ceilings, hand-painted in plaids and fleur-de-lis, crystal chandeliers illuminate a museum-worthy exhibition of...

Within minutes of tickets going on sale, they were gone. That's the way it is when the Rolling Stones comes to town. The band was heading to the historic Italian town of Lucca just as we were. We had no hope of securing tickets but we were there in the lead up. We witnessed the preparation for the concert, a heck of a big deal. The Stones were to p...

Villa Torrigiani – located in the municipality of Capannori, Lucca – dates back to at least the late 16th century, and features a beautiful Baroque façade created during a renovation in the late 1600s. What it is most famous for, however, is probably its enclosed garden, completely dedicated to flowers that grow between walls, geometrical hedges, a...

Un pezzo di Toscana è stato portato a San Francisco dal lucchese Rino Bertini, colonna portante della comunità italiana nella Bay Area, insieme al Consolato generale d’Italia e con la sponsorizzazione del Banco del Monte di Lucca. In occasione della Festa della Repubblica sono arrivati a San Francisco molti rappresentanti degli Sbandieratori di Luc...

Lucca is an ancient walled city in Tuscany that has all the charms of Florence, but it is smaller, even more navigable by foot, and isn't as overrun by tourists. On this day in early summer, the Sun is sparkling on the cobblestones and the locals are sidestepping the gawping visitors.   And then comes the noise. A racket of deep, burrin...

by Mauro Battocchi   Join Italian literary enthusiasts at the Italian Cultural Institute (601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F) next week Tuesday March 22 at 6:30 for a special talk by lucchese author Michele Cecchini as he presents his new book "Per il bene che ti voglio." Mr. Cecchini was born in Lucca in 1972 and teaches literature in Livorno, the I...