Posts Categorized: Fun at the Villa

Great Guests in our Tuscany Kitchen

Every week is fun that it is hard to determine any particular group that is the best.  Our October cooking group of fifteen has to be one of the top for the year. Great people, lots of laughs,  good food, great wines and  stimulating conversations is hard to beat.  Tom, one of the  guests, shared… Read more »

Fun in Italy with my Sister-Friends

Just spent  two wonderful weeks  traveling alone with my 13 year old granddaughter Laila. From Rome to Abruzzo to our Tuscany farm followed by a  fabulous week with friends at their Tuscan seashore home before going  off to romantic Venice. Their daughter Michelle joined us and then led us to a new and exciting  experience … Read more »

Basket Weavers- Artisan of the Month

Basket weavers,  the  artisan of the month, came to my mind when in need of a particular basket to carry 2 liter size  bottles.   When I began to fix our abandoned 500 year old house in Tuscany years ago  I questioned  my neighbor  where was the  best place to buy baskets.   I was surprised when… Read more »

Our English guest of honor meets an American Industrialist

Taking into consideration the possibility of interesting table conversation at a formal dinner of 25 guests from around the world, I  placed a distinguish American industrialist  near our guest of honor from England. I noticed  our English lady frowning constantly as if in discomfort  glancing with the corner of her eye at the gentleman to… Read more »

Return from the dead

While having a dinner party with some Italian friends my friend Eduardo came to visit me. When introducing him to one of our guests his face turned white, mouth dropped wide open and he froze in a state of shock. When I took him aside questioning what was wrong, he  whispered that he was surprised… Read more »

20 years ago – Pornography at the B&B

Some twenty years ago it was difficult to get American channels on our Italian TV. Success  arrived with our satellite dish that gave us a channel for CNN and or to see a video, one or the other. This arrangement worked out well. One evening when our American guests retired for the evening, our Italian… Read more »

Agriturismo license and our first Family

Years ago when applying for our agriturismo license which would allow us to lodge guests in the countryside, we encountered many delays due to regulations required. After a two year delay  our application was accepted and we were informed that our certificate would be in the mail and when received should be posted at our… Read more »

Our taxi driver becomes minister

American weddings, from 10 to 300 guests, have taken place at Villa Lucia. All the arrangements are made leaving little for the bride to do besides invite the guests. Couples decide to get officially or unofficially married at Villa Lucia. Since my husband, Jorge, (doctor, butcher, wine maker and olive picker) is certified to legally… Read more »

Marshmallows, NOT cotton balls

Our first employees came to us 16 years ago, and they have become part of our family. Venerina ( little Friday, named for being born on Good Friday) our first housekeeper, is known for her perpetual friendly smile. Francesco, our security guard and hunter more serious in character, is always ready and willing to give… Read more »