LUCA DINI
AD Architectural Digest India|October - November 2020
AD Italy editor-in-chief Luca Dini has refurbished his second home in the Marche region, a place with foundations that go deep into his family’s history.
LUCA DINI

There are places you feel connected to even before you understand why. This is the story of one such place.

Today, I live and work in Milan, but the corner of north central Italy where I grew up—a tiny village in the Marche region called Borgo Pace (literally ‘borough of peace’)—is a stone’s throw from the Tuscan border, and that’s how I came to exist. My father’s family, the Dinis, settled on this side of the mountains from the Lucca region, who knows how many generations ago. My mother’s family, the Franceschi, were thought to be the last remaining relatives of Piero di Benedetto de’ Franceschi— also known as Piero della Francesca—and never moved from the painter’s Tuscan neighbourhood on the other side of the mountains. Mum and dad would have remained strangers had it not been for this shared border. Back in the 1950s, a young teacher was sent on her first assignment to the most remote parish in her region; for my mother, nothing was more remote than the last Tuscan outpost just upriver from the border, a short hike from my paternal grandmother’s grocery shop where she bought food—and found a husband. They had my older brothers, then, me.

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