Posted by: Debra Kolkka | February 3, 2015

Italy Magazine Blog Awards

Thanks to you, Bagni di Lucca and Beyond has been shortlisted for the Italy Magazine Blog Awards 2014.

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond has been shortlisted for Best Single Post Art & Culture Blog for a post I did called The Massacre at Sant’Anna di Stazzema.

Sant'Anna di Stazzema

I would love it if you go to and vote for the post.

My other blog, Bella Bagni di Lucca, has also been shortlisted in the same category for a post called

An old tradition in Bagni di Lucca


Arte Barsanti Bagni di Lucca

Bella Bagni di Lucca was also shortlisted for

Best Single Travel Post for a post called Pinocchio Park.

Pinocchio Park

Yes, I would also love it if you voted for these posts. Voting will continue until February 27th.

Here is the link to the Pinocchio Park post…



  1. I voted for your Massacre Post because it was really haunting. Hope you win! I live in Vergemoli and I have seen you around. Back soon! Lots of snow there now

    • Thank you for voting for the post. The museum is very moving, I am very glad I visited Sant’Anna di Stazzema. I will be back in Vergemoli in a couple of weeks…can’t wait.

  2. Congratulations!!!!!

    • Thank you. It would be great to win one of the awards.

  3. Wonderful! You deserve it Debra. Your posts are always thorough and witty! Good luck, cat

    • Thank you, it is always fun to be recognised.

  4. Congratulations for the fully deserved nominations, Deb! I am very glad to see your post on the figurine makers of Bagni di Lucca entering the finals. Their art needs promotion. I am letting the Barsanti family know about it. They will be thrilled!
    Oh… And I have coasted my votes….

    • Thank you, it would be great if that post wins. They do need recognition for what they do.

  5. Deb congratulations on all your nominations, have put my vote in for all and hope you have a win. It would be well deserved.

    • Thank you, it is fun to be shortlisted.

  6. Debra…..Our votes are in…..all are wonderful but the Massacre at Sant Anna de Stazzema was beyond moving. Paul and I hope to go and visit the site when in the area this year. We also are counting the days till we get to Lucca,

    • Sant’Anna di Stazzema is a very sad place, but I am very glad I went there. I look forward to catching up soon.

  7. Congratulations Debra – You deserve it! So thrilled for you. I just voted for all three of your posts! I also will promote on Italian Talks and my own Twitter account!

    • Congratulations to you too, I have voted for you. It is great to know so many blogs in the finals.

  8. Congratulations and so well deserved!!!!

    • Thank you, it is nice to be noticed.

      • Debra you have one of the best blogs I’ve ever seen. It is fabulous!

  9. Deb, congratulations on THREE posts getting onto the short-lists! Well done! But then everything you do is well done. My votes are in and I hope you win. Your post on the Massacre at Sant Anna de Stazzema was stellar – and stunning. Thank you for both of your wonderful blogs.

    • Thank you for your lovely comments…and your votes. I enjoy writing the blogs and it is great fun to be included in the shortlist.

  10. Hi Deb…..congratulations.

    From one blogger to another I know how much effort is involved, time and research required to publish your beautiful blog posts… you absolutely deserve these nominations. I hope you win! You’ll get my votes!

    And thank you……for bringing beautiful Italia to us on a regular basis.



    • Thank you for taking the time to comment and vote. It is wonderful to be on the shortlist.

  11. All the best Deb. Your blog introduced me to beautiful Bagni di Lucca

    • Thank you. I like to think of a vote for the blog as a vote for Bagni di Lucca. I want everyone to come to visit.

  12. Congratulations Debra and well deserved for giving us so much enjoyment following your travels … Helen

    • Thank you and I’m sure I will have lots of new things to write about soon.

  13. Congratulations … and voting complete! 🙂

    • Thank you and thank you.

  14. Ho fatto!

  15. Done! Voted!

    • Thank you very much.

  16. Congrats. You can count on my vote(s). Very enjoyable blogs.

    • Thank you! It is great to have Bagni di Lucca attracting attention.

  17. Done! Buona fortuna!

  18. Congratulations…that is so exciting. I’m on my way over to vote.

    • Thank you, it is excellent to be shortlisted, a win even better.

      • I’ve got my fingers crossed for you. 🙂

  19. Done, done, done – and so very Well Done my clever friend.

    • Thank you, thank you and thank you.

  20. A big congratulations and your nomination is very well deserved 🙂 I just voted for you!

    • Thank you, it is nice to be noticed.

  21. Well done! I voted for all your posts, as I did last year. I really enjoy your blog on Bagni di Lucca! We are moving soon to live there and would be lovely to meet you.

    • Please let me know when you arrive and we can meet for a coffee at Il Monaco. I go there most mornings. I will be back in Bagni di Lucca in just over a week.

      • I sure will Debra! We are coming mid April. Hope you’ll still be there! Have a nice journey 😉

      • I will be around until mid June. Which village will you be living in?

  22. Done! Many congratulations Debra!! 🙂

    • Thank you for doing that Madhu.

  23. I enjoy your website and hope you are awarded the recognition that you deserve. Your website is giving me ideas for a future trip to Italy.

    • Thank you. I hope you have a great trip. Let me know if I can help with anything.

  24. Wow! You always make it on the Shortlist. Well deserved. I know you will snag an award. Will go ahead and vote.

    • Thanks Rommel, I hope you are enjoying Greece.

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