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July 9, 2020
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Panini Girl In Lucca May 2021

It’s heartbreaking to announce, but the September 2020 tour has been canceled due to the pandemic. It seems like a long way off, but I’m already  dreaming of my return to Lucca next spring. Come along and be prepared for amazing food, new friends, stunning scenery and lots of laughs. I’m available to help you with […]

April 21, 2020
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Valle D’Itria-Cisternino

Driving south from Calitri towards Lecce we passed fields with olive trees, but it wasn’t until we were off the highway heading towards Cisternino that we came upon the ancient trees that Puglia is known for. The gps directed us onto a dirt road through a grove of trees lined by short rock walls. It […]

April 19, 2020
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Calitri Day Trips

About an hour away from Calitri outside the town of Paternopli is Tenuta Fonzone, a family owned winery. We spent an incredible afternoon here tasting their wines accompanied by plate after plate of local specialties.   You need to make a reservation to visit the winery and I urge you to make a stop here […]

April 18, 2020
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Italy Revisited-Next Stop Calitri

After my week in Lucca last spring we spent a few days in Rome and then took the train across the country and south to Calitri (birthplace of my grandparents). You can’t actually take the train there, which we found out on our first visit. We discovered that what we thought were train tickets ended […]

April 17, 2020
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Italy Revisited-First Stop Lucca

For the past ten years April is the month when I pack my bags and head to Italy for my Panini Girl week in Lucca. This year due to a wedding in California in early May I planned my tour for mid September. Little did I know that our world would be shaken up and […]

August 1, 2019
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Panini Girl In Lucca September 2020

    I am thrilled to announce my return to Lucca next fall. Come along and be prepared for lots of amazing food, new friends, stunning scenery and lots of laughs. I’m available to help you with your travel plans so get in touch! Dates: September 19 to 26, 2020 Total Price Per Person: $3400 (private […]

June 24, 2019
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Fonzone Winery-Paternopoli

When I started thinking about the time we would spend in southern Italy I decided I should get in touch with my blogging friend Paula at La Bella Sorella. Besides being an amazing cook and incredibly knowledgable about the cuisine of Italy, Paula (along with her husband) is an importer of Italian wine. I knew […]

June 21, 2019
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Scenes From A Week In Lucca

    Now that I’ve been back from Italy for a few weeks it almost seems like a dream that I was there. Thankfully I have lots of photos and great memories of my time in my home away from home, especially the week of the Panini Girl Tour in Lucca. May was definitely cooler […]

May 28, 2019
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Wine Tasting Fattoria Fubbiano

It was a cool and cloudy day, but that did not stop us from heading out of Lucca to do a little wine tasting at Fattoria Fubbiano. Located near the town of San Gennaro, the winery is a bit off the main road, reached by skinny lanes winding around and around. Despite the drizzle the […]

May 27, 2019
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Eating Florence Food Tour

Not that we weren’t getting enough to eat in Lucca, but a vacation in Tuscany just doesn’t seem to be complete with a day in Florence. Of course you could spend weeks on end exploring this amazing city, but unfortunately we didn’t have that much time. History, art, architecture at every turn, but as you […]