Historic Amalfi Coast Restaurant Reopens: New Name, New Look and New Menu

  In 1903 Bar Pineta opened its doors in the small Amalfi Coast village of Maiori. Also known as the Lemon Garden, this fixture in Maiori, Italy only knew two owners, Luigi, then his son, Lelo. This past winter Lelo decided to sell and Amalfi Coast resident, Carlo De Filippo jumped at the chance to read more…


Amalfi Coast Art Show: Art & History Unite in Maiori

  Italy’s Amalfi Coast amazes not only with jaw dropping views and hairpin turns, but accomplished artists.  Dozens of painters, sculptors, and artisans from across the region have joined together in Maiori this month to display their labors of love. The Premio CostieraArte runs until July 19th in the former palace, Palazzo Mezzacapo. Built in the read more…


Italian Cooking Class: Too Hot for Florence

If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen.  Our cooking class tour decided to do just that this week thanks to extreme heat in Florence.  Spencer and I arrived in Florence on the 4th of July during a heatwave where temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius. Weeks earlier I read more…


An Italian Town Transformed: Market Day

Wednesday this week Bagni di Lucca transformed into one giant market.  Dozens of vendors squeezed together to sell everything from food and furniture to toys, clothing, kitchen items, ceramics and much more.  This twice a summer event brought large crowds to the La Villa village of Bagni di Lucca.  Food vendors shared free samples and read more…


Medieval Times in Italy: Palio della Val di Lima

Bagni di Lucca, Italy turned back the clock Sunday for Palio della Val di Lima. This living history event showcased crossbow shooting and medieval life in Italy. Cannon fire announced the beginning of festivities at 10am. Dozens of locals donned traditional medieval attire and weaponry in Contessa Casalini Park. Besides the frequent rumble of cannon read more…


Red Cross Event in Bagni di Lucca

Last night Spencer and I ventured down to Ponte a Serraglio for an evening with the Italian Red Cross. To celebrate its 151st anniversary organizers are hosting a 3 day event. Just the walk to Parco Villa Fiori is worth the quick trip to our neighboring village. A long pedestrian bridge crossing the Lima River read more…


Our Italian Vacation Week 1: Spencer’s Perspective

One week ago today Spencer and I arrived in Italy for the beginning of our 9-week vacation. I thought I would give Spencer’s perspective on our first week. “We are staying in Bagni di Lucca. I like to swim in the hotel pool and play in the park. We rode bikes on the wall in read more…


An American Artist in Italy

Saturday night Spencer and I attended our first art show. American Rich Smukler opened his exhibition “Una Retrospettiva Fotografica” in Ponte a Serraglio. Smukler traveled throughout Italy and captured the essence of Italian landscapes in bold, colorful, and creative ways. Now living in Boca Raton, Florida Smukler’s photographs have been featured in museums, galleries and read more…




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