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Bagni di Lucca Art Festival

The 3rd Annual Bagni di Lucca Art Festival kicked off last night in Ponte a Serraglio.  Huge crowds gathered in this quaint Tuscan village for the start of the seventeen day event.   The Mayor of Bagni di Lucca, along with organizers and artists, opened the festival with a ribbon cutting.  Eleven artists from around read more…




Italy’s Iconic Chicken Pitcher: A Symbol of Good Luck and a Spoiled Assassination Plot

     Walk into any ceramics store in Italy and you’ll find a strange but beloved symbol of Italy’s past. Nestled between the ceramic plates and cups lies the Chicken Pitcher. Also called the Rooster Pitcher, this ceramic bird’s story hatched during a 15th century attempted murder plot. In 1478 the Medici’s ruled the Republic read more…


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