Robert Allegrini

Robert Allegrini is a travel writer specializing in Italy and hospitality topics. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and author of the book "Chicago’s Grand Hotels." Allegrini spent three decades as a senior public relations executive for major hospitality companies including Regent, Swissotel, Hyatt and Hilton. Long active in Italian American affairs, Allegrini is a past President of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce-Midwest and is currently Executive Vice President of the National Italian American Foundation. His service to Italy was recognized with a knighthood in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Exploring the land of Puccini

One of history’s most revered operatic composers, Giacomo Puccini presence is felt throughout his hometown of Lucca. In a country that is as synonymous with music as Italy, it takes supreme self-confidence to bill yourself as the city “where music feels at home.” Yet the city that lays claim to this title is not bel canto Naples nor operatic Milan but little Lucca — a jewel of a Tuscan town of 90,000 that was home to legendary composer Giacomo Puccini, the creator of such world famous works as “La Bohème,” “Madame Butterfly” and “Tosca.” So revered is Puccini in Lucca …

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