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.
Love family gatherings. Twenty eight from Israel came to enjoy a week at Villa Lucia. Great memories and new friends have so enriched our life in Tuscany. Thank you Hanna for bringing your family to us.
Great week having fun, eating , drinking, shopping and visiting artisans in Tuscany.
Fun time during a week of cooking and picking olives during our annual Olive Oil and Artisan Cooking Weeks, Come join us for our 2016 harvest during the first two weeks of November, You get to taste our boutique extra virgin liquid gold seconds after being pressed and take some home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.