America versus Italy

Every day I observe and compare the difference of the two countries I love. One the most industrial and successful  in the world, America, and the other the most creative and artistic, Italy. Viewing the two devices one can easily guess their country.  One clue is function versus artistic style. The other clue is a portable urinal  versus  the pappagallo ( the parrot) . A hospital patient said one is best for wine the other for water.


Yoga plus at Villa Lucia !

September brought us two yoga groups from California.  Denise Stanek, aesthetician for Dr. Jon Grazer and yoga instructor brought her  group of yogis from Newport Beach for a week. Although busy with morning and afternoon yoga classes the group still found time for visits to the marble mines in Carrara and to the beautiful  fishing villages of Cinque Terre.

Following the Newport Beach ladies came our desert yogis led by Luciana Lo Presto returning for the second time, this time  with  her daughter Ann Lucia that added more fun to the week . Along with yoga  they enjoyed a culinary tour in Modena, experiencing  the making of  parmigiana, and balsamic,  a tour and lunch at a winery and bicycling along the walls of Lucca.


Both  great yoga teachers  said they would love to return.  Villa Lucia invites all instructors to come and join us and bring your group for yoga plus  in Tuscany.  I  was always in the kitchen but did get out once for a midnight, under the stars, candles on our greenbelt, relaxing session.  Loved our great ladies and especially the new friendships that have been made which have given me a treasure chest of wonderful new memories some which you can see in this video.


Villa Lucia B and B Stories Continue

Two of our female guests were to meet a Sig.  Gerrari at the RR Station in Bologna for a business meeting. Before they departed  by train to Bologna we discussed  at Villa Lucia how  Italians greet one another  by kissing both cheeks, and how ladies often make the first gesture.  When they arrived back at Villa Lucia they told me and our guests that when arriving  in Bologna they noticed a young sexy man staring at them who  appeared to be waiting for them to take them to their meeting.

italian gesture

With big smiles and happy faces,  Judy and Faith took turns giving the man a warm embrace  along with the social italian kissing  gesture they learned . Kissee Kissee, kissing him on both cheeks. Without a  word spoken they were surprised to see the young man smiling from ear to ear  board the train as it was pulling away from the station waving thank you to both ladies. They were so embarrassed that they took a taxi to their destination and left the real Sig, Gerrari  who was waiting in his car for the lovely ladies and who they never got to meet.

Wrong bedroom

What is the chance of a wife and mistress finding themselves at the same B&B with the man involved? At Villa Lucia in Montevettolini we have seen it all. When the couple were to retire the night before leaving  the mistress asked her companion to give her a good- by kiss while  his wife would  shower the next morning. She would leave the door to her room ajar. A college student that was helping me out told me at breakfast on the couples departing day that due to the wind pounding some doors left ajar, she closed the doors during the night.  I did not think of it being a problem until the couple left.



A honeymooner came down in his shorts while other guests were enjoying breakfast and asked “Lucy what kind of a place is this? I wondered about the love note under my door but then a man came to my bed and kissed me good-by in front of my wife”.  There was nothing I could do to explain other than to say, sorry that he must have made a mistake.

Villa Lucia Bedroom Stories continue

Years ago it was difficult to get American channels on our Italian tv. Success arrived with cable that gave us CNN,  one channel,  which could be used for videos as well. Considering few of our American guests would watch tv in Italy,  it worked out well.  The decision to change our system was after a lovely young couple on their honeymoon decided to show their love making video in their room, unaware that it could be seen in all 10 rooms.

'I love it when you spoon me.'  'I love it when you fork me.'


The next morning  one of the guests that  joined the couple for breakfast  suggested that they not show their private movies.  The young couple, left their hot coffees untouched and signed out before others would come down for breakfast. That led us to  modernize our system.