“Little Jerusalem” in Tuscany

Italy is intensely Catholic, being the home to the Roman Catholic Church’s headquarters, and statistics show that roughly 90% of the population identifies itself as Roman Catholic. (Of course, the fact that only about one-third of those people regularly attend church is another matter altogether.) The point I’m getting at […]

French President Likes Lucca’s Oil

  French President Jacques Chirac must be trying to lay the groundwork for his Italian retirement villa. He’s called the olive oil produced in area of Lucca “exquisite,” also saying “almost nothing else tastes as good.” As if the olive oil producers of Italy needed a Frenchman to tell them […]