The first person in the world to treat lung cancer with robotic thoracic surgery is Italian. She is Franca Melfi, who heads the Center for Robotic Surgery at Aoup in Pisa. Franca Melfi was born in 1959 in Cosenza, Calabria: from a young age she wanted to become a doctor, but her mother opposed it, convinced it was an unattainable dream. But the you...

Montecatini Terme is, perhaps, the most famous among all spa towns in Italy. Its historical and natural importance, as well as fame, are such that it became part of the UNESCO World Heritage as one of Europe’s great spa towns. Located in the Valdinievole, Montecatini Terme is not far from cities like Lucca, Florence, and Pisa, which means your stay...

The unspoilt nature, the testimonies of past civilizations and the beaches have the rest of the Island of Elba one of the most popular destinations of our country. Let’s get to know her better. Elba Island: where is it and how to get The Island of Elba is one of the largest islands of the Tuscan archipelago and is located a few kilometers from the...

Which of the following are Napa’s sister cities? A. Casablanca Valley, Chile; B. Iwanuma, Japan; C. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia; or D. Montalcino, Italy. The correct answer is all of the above. Montalcino, the medieval hilltop town in Tuscany famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine, became Napa’s newest sister city in June 2021. This sister...

Cooking classes are one of the latest trends, an experience increasingly popular among tourists who want to actively experience Italian cuisine. An activity that combines food with tourism, it’s the perfect way to enhance the gastronomic culture of our country by offering tourists the opportunity to taste and learn how to prepare traditional region...

If you’re planning a trip through Europe, don’t forget to consider these Italian villages. “To visit them is to participate in Italy’s beauty while helping keep these enchanting places alive,” says Fiorello Primi, president of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” association (I Borghi più belli d’Italia). While you know Rome, Florence, or Milan,...

AMHS is pleased to announce that our next in-person program will feature distinguished art expert, Dr. Eric Denker, who until recently was the Senior Lecturer of the National Gallery of Art.  The luncheon meeting will take place in Casa Italiana on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 1 p.m. The program is being co-sponsored by the Casa Italiana Sociocul...

There is still a lot to discover in Tuscany that is off the beaten track. One is Val di Chiana, with fabulous countryside and suggestive villages in a valley, and the best way to do this is to explore it along the Path of Reclamation, Il Sentiero della Bonifica. This last is a road opened a few years ago that crosses the entire valley along the Mae...

This summer, nine Vespisti of the Vespa Committee of Washington, DC, led by AMHS member Willy Meaux, set off on an epic two-week Vespa ride from Rome to a first Vespa rally in Sulmona in the province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo. The trip, which began June 30, 2022, then took the riders through Umbria to Spoleto and Perugia, on to Tuscany via Montalcino,...

Exploring under the Tuscan sun has always been a dream of mine. During our visit, Florence effortlessly weaved itself onto my list of the best places in the world. I was sure I was going to be disappointed since we left Positano (one of the most beautiful places) for Florence. But I just fell in love all over again! We arrived in Florence after tak...