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...

La vita di un uomo straordinario emigrato da un paesino della lucchesia in America, dove ha avuto un grande successo, ma anche lo spaccato di un secolo di storia: tutto questo è "Mr Wonderland", il documentario di Valerio Ciriaci, proiettato in anteprima per la stampa questa mattina presso l'auditorium in San Micheletto. Il film è stato proiettato...

Tuscany’s medieval Lucca holds you captivate until you fall in love with this gorgeous walled city near the Ligurian Sea. Using Pisa as a base to explore Tuscany, train travel to Lucca, Florence, and Siena couldn’t be easier. Lucca Lucca’s commanding medieval wall encircles the historic centre and confronts you at its imposing gates. Once within th...

During the centuries before unification, the Italian peninsula was an amalgam of kingdoms, republics, city-states, principalities, duchies and marquisates, the domains of an assortment of male sovereigns, doges and lords of different rank. But a number of women from the Middle Ages (e.g., Matilda of Tuscany) to the 19th century managed to take cont...

Tuscany is home to so many beautiful sites that are firm in the collective imagination that you might be wondering if there’s anything to see off the beaten path. Fortunately, the region also has you covered on that front as well! With a myriad of unusual sites all over Tuscany, you’ll be sure to find a few unique highlights that you probably didn’...

My longtime friends Sharon and Mel are preparing to spend a month this fall in a rented villa in Lucca, Italy, the town in Tuscany from which my Italian ancestors come. And, candidly, I am just plain jealous. We have not been there since 2011, which is far too long. Our life here at home in America is busy, and our time and resources — both financi...

For its monumental and historic wealth, Lucca's center has been proposed as an addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is bountiful with impressive touristic attraction, beginning with the nearly-intact walls that surround the city. You can access the city, passing through one of its six gates; moving clockwise from the north, they are: Port...

Everyone seems to love traveling in Italy. It’s a land of wonderful food and wine, centuries of history and art, and, of course, that wonderful dolce vita. But while traveling in Italy most of us stick only to the usual suspects – Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Bologna, etc. All are well worth visiting, of course. But there are many othe...