Born in Ponsacco, Marty came to live with me in Lucca at the age of two months. Our home is a dreamy and wonderful town…a jewelry-box-of-a-city surrounded by a Renaissance wall which is actually a tree-lined boulevard filled with bicycles and joggers, walkers and lovers and, every morning, the two of us on our daily outing. Since Lucca is doggie-friendly (he has dinner at Burralli and cappuccino at Tessieri as well as a treat awaiting at the local butcher shop) I have tried my best to take him with me anywhere I go.Read More
Traveling Native is devoted to cultivating travel and food experiences with love. We understand travel as an exchange of human, cultural, and culinary wealth.
On tour with us you will discover the Italian art of enjoyment and become part of Italy’s traditions and artistry through direct experiences with local people, food, and landscape.
Join us and fall in love with your days in Italy and with the food on your plate!
You were there when when a fever set in
I couldn’t get close enough
You were there in the recurring dreams
I ached to understand your face
You turned your back to me when I forgot
That you were the one
You faded into the awkwardness of my search
I want you now more than ever
I feel you near
I see your face: my dream
Is hereRead More
This week, a discerning traveler and food critic inquired about joining our upcoming cooking tour in Tuscany this July. Here are a couple of her questions and our responses.Read More
I have been in a relationship with Italy for 20 years, almost half of my life.
We had a rough start and after the first year it could have dissolved into history. But I chose Italy again and again. Not because she was beautiful or romantic but because she asked a lot of me. It took a long time, many years, before I trusted that she wanted me. It took time to see that her demands were forcing me to build a framework for a new home.
Even then, as I began to connect with her, I did not understand the foundation that was forming in me. After almost a decade of commitment, when the relationship became a long-distant one, I was revisited in my own hometown by the sense of homelessness that had encased me when I arrived in Italy. Since then I have become a more devoted, albeit nostalgic, partner.
I understand that home will never be a place for me but a construction of relationships. Home is the architecture of those relationships with places and people. It is that web of love and struggle that calls me. In the most livable rooms that call me home, my soul is both protected and in demand.
In my love affair with Italy, like in most long-distance relationships, the meetings are fiery and the missing aches. If I were to make the leap and commit to a full-time partnership, there would be new and familiar challenges. Would the fire relax, retreat, rage? Have we nurtured a foundation that will endure?
These are the questions I sit with, in a room I often choose to sit in. It's a room filled with longing where the only view from a gaping window takes my breath away. And I warm my vision by the steady glow of desire.
I want you to know wonderful it feels to drive the back road up to Barga. Take a ride behind this Fiat500 on your way to breakfast at the best little pastry shop ever! Scroll down for a taste -
Meet me in Tuscany this summer for a food tour with Aurelio Barattini. On one of our days together, we'll make our way up the same road on our way to Barga Vecchia. We'll explore the inner castle and the dining scene, get to know some of the folks who live there. We'll and take time to explore the Duomo di Barga and gaze over the Serchio valley from the top of the world.
Before we leave we'll meet Paolo Lucchesi. He'll tell us the story of his family's gelateria in Barga, his award-winning pasticceria, and how the history of the territory is woven into the quality of his work.
Try to get a sense for the best cappuccino you've ever had... The photo just doesn't convey the frothy perfection. So, come and meet me there, taste it for yourself!
Thanks for sharing your time with me by being here. Enjoyable travels and days to you!
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Inside Pretto, pages of poetic discourse warm the atmosphere of this very unlikely positioned refuge of hospitality. But the power of this ethical and mouthwatering eatery is greater than how well it stands out against its harsh backdrop. Pretto is, in itself, a hub of wellbeing. It was born of a desire to sustain the pure and honest work of local farmers and artisans who, in turn, sustain the integrity of the land out of gratitude for what the land gives.Read More
There are physical places that extract my inner juice with little effort. Call them sacred places. And then, there are spaces that challenge me to be present. The challenge to be present is the opportunity we are faced with when we pull away from the world and look inward, leaving only our breath as a guide. I learn as write this how perfect it is that for me, that challenging place is the place where I come from…
Keane’s work is different. His is the work of an artist who has a vision and then manifests it out of pure passion.
As I introduce six special events, I honor the friendships and experiences that allow me and inspire me to share the Italy I adore with you. These adventures on the horizon are truly a tribute to the unique, talented, and passionate individuals that have welcomed me into their lives, kitchens, and hearts over the years... I invite you to join us in celebrating what I understand to be The Italian Art of Enjoyment.Read More