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Discovering Caffè di Simo, Lucca’s famed cafè

Art award commemorates Alfredo Caselli

In this famed café in Lucca, visitors will find much of its original decor. From the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, it was stage to an authentic ‘concert’ of friendships, as mentioned in the plaque exhibited in 1958 by its then-owners Angelo Ricci and Fernando Pieri. At the Simo guests still feel the enthusiasm of the Resurgence movement that inspired writers and artists of the time.

Friends of the merchant druggist Alfredo Caselli included the likes of Giovanni Pascoli, Giuseppe Giacosa, Alfredo Catalani, Giacomo Puccini, Pietro Mascagni, Libero Andreotti and Lorenzo Viani. Alfredo Caselli played hosted to their harmonious concert; he was an extraordinary figure and exceptional confidant of great artists. To honor Caselli, the cafe’s new owner, Giulio Di Simo, created a prize for literature, figurative arts and music in his name.

Unfortunately, the Caffè di Simo has been closed since September of 2012 due to a disagreement. 

Torre del Lago Puccini
Sunny beaches, fresh pine groves, ever-calm sea: paradise itself
In addition to the original epithet Torre del Lago, named after an age-old guard tower built between the 15th and 16th centuries on the western shore of the lake, Puccini was added recently, in tribute to the great composer, who loved the landscape that sparked his creative genius so much that he never had any desire to leave the place. ...
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