The Lucchesi Nel Mondo will honor Paul Ciminello and Lilia Leonardi Juarez as Man and Woman of the Year at their annual banquet on Aug. 28 at the Mazzini Verdi Club. The following profiles were provided by the organization. Paul Ciminello Paul Ciminello has been a member of the Lucchesi Nel Mondo Association for over 25 years.  Paul left his home o...

Here's my guide to the perfect 10 day road trip from Milan to Rome, a popular tourist route. It's only a 6 hour drive from Milan to Rome. But this well-traveled route is dense with amazing must see medieval villages, ornate palazzos, Roman ruins, and sublime treasures of the Renaissance. There's plenty of great destinations to explore along the way...

Italy must run in the blood, wine and water at 1415 W. 22nd Street in Oak Brook, Ilinois. The space that was formerly Tuscany has now been transformed to Lucca Osteria & Bar thanks to owner Steven Hartenstein. He obviously loves to talk to guests who patron his newly opened establishment as he looks them right in the eye when speaking to them. His...

TODAY IN ITALY, THE SCENIC Serchio River winds its way for nearly 80 miles through lush Tuscan countryside. Stretches of the river are popular for whitewater rafting, but the modern Serchio is not a particularly dangerous or destructive river. Long ago, however, it raged. During the sixth century, the river frequently flooded the town of Lucca, whi...

The piazza is as Italian as it gets: not as an architectural or urban feature, but rather from a cultural and social point of view. In small villages, it’s where people meet, discuss and buy food, when it’s market day. In cities, the piazza is the equivalent of a grand palace’s living room, the place where you show the best your home has inside.  W...

The square is the heart of every Italian city. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, many are created following very original projects. But some squares hide secrets in their own structure and their own name. Their form is shaped directly on the oldest buildings or on the pre-existing spaces, still preserved below. We literally walk over history,...

An insight dedicated to Lucca, a city keeping its charm intact over the centuries, linked to a long musical and artistic tradition and international homeland of comics! Lucca: the city Lucca, capital of the eponymous Tuscan province, has the uniqueness of preserving its historic center surrounded by sixteenth-century walls. The city has Roman origi...

Italians and tourists are set to get a rare glimpse of a medieval village that lies at the bottom of a lake in Tuscany. The village of Fabbriche di Careggine, that was founded in the 13th century by a colony of blacksmiths, resides under the waters of the artificial lake of Vagli. It was submerged after a dam was created in 1947, causing the villag...

La vollero quasi mille anni fa il vescovo Anselmo da Baggio, poi eletto papa Alessandro II, e la contessa Matilde di Canossa, la donna più potente del tempo. Una chiesa più grande di quella fatta erigere dal vescovo Frediano nel VI secolo e divenuta cattedrale della città nel 725. Circa trecento anni dopo gli spazi di questo antico luogo sacro appa...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm. New Season's Market, 7703 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin OR. For the past two decades, Bob Powers and his husband Donald have made dozens of trips to the beautiful walled city of Lucca. For much of the past decade, Bob has been working on a travel memoir, based upon his experience trying to learn the blessed Italian...