The Lucchesi Nel Mondo, Chicago Chapter, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 16 at the Mazzini Verdi Club in Franklin Park. The black-tie optional event will feature cocktails at 6 p.m. and supper at 7:30 p.m., with entertainment provided by tenor Simon Lee Kyung, accordionist Joe Martino and DJ Il Menestrello. Special guests will be Ilaria...

If the Adriatic side of Italy is all about piadina, crescia, pizza scima, and torta al testo (from the inland), then the Tyrrhenian side is all about Tuscan schiacciata and Roman pizza bianca (pizza without toppings, similar to focaccia). In our journey through the pizza, piadina, and focaccia of Italy, this time we’ve decided to explore two of the...

After the victory of the European Football Championship and the extraordinary results obtained at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, this incredible Italian summer ended with another amazing sporting success, the one obtained by the unbeatable Italian athletes at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. An extraordinary feat, because with only 113 athletes, Italy...

Moving abroad is a dream for a lot of people, but the process can be long, complicated, and expensive. There's no quick fix for the first two problems, but there is for the latter. A British couple is auctioning off a spacious Italian villa for about $35 and it could be yours. Jon and Annmarie Nurse raffled off a Tuscan villa in 2020, using the mon...

Every autumn as the Tuscan sun slowly dims, the wine harvest begins, and the fruits of the lands are plucked, stored and transformed, albeit slowly, into the future elixirs. There’s no better time to visit and to do so properly requires a experience-perfect in the clountryside to set the theme. Herewith the best Tuscan wine experiences for wine sea...

The Italian island of Giglio will for ever be known as the place where Captain Schettino steered the Costa Concordia on to a rock while flirting with a Moldovan dancer, killing 32 people and landing himself a 16-year prison sentence. Today there are no cruise ships near by — they are mostly parked up in Civitavecchia. Instead the island is emerging...

When, on a hot day in July 1510, in the halls of a noble Florentine palace, a servant gave birth to a boy, no one ever would have imagined that the child would become Duke of Florence and heir to the Medicis, one of the most powerful Renaissance dynasties. Even more so as the boy was black. Five-hundred years on, Daphne Di Cinto, the African-Italia...

Once upon a time, a whole 13th century village disappeared under water, but if you bring yourself on a lake’s shores at the right time, you can still see it. No, it’s not the beginning of a fantasy tale, nor the romanticized version of a tragic event of our past. It’s reality and no one got hurt when the old village of Fabbriche di Careggine  — fir...

Google is a tool that is now an integral part of the daily life of each of us. Searching for songs, recipes, information and much more on the well-known search engine is a natural action, almost like drinking a glass of water. Among the numerous Google tools there is Destination Insight which is part of Google Travel Insight, useful for monitoring...

All roads lead to Rome” the popular saying goes about the eternal city. Of course, like for any saying, there is some truth to it. Just like the consular roads end and start from Rome, also one of the most famous historical itineraries was created to connect Rome with the rest of Europe: the via Francigena. Let us see the paths of the Via Francigen...