Sorry, but I don't know anyone in either outfits. There must be some on the Internet.
I spent a day of R&R taking the baths at Montecatinni (sp?), and was that a treat !!
I have a young friend at Prato, north of Florence, who I hope/plan to visit one day.
Florence was my very favorite city right after the war, with Milan a close second.
Hadn't heard of Lucca until your post, but have known of Sienna forever.
I traveled for the US Food and Drug Administration for 21 years, the last 13 as a member of the International Inspection Staff.
In that capacity, I traveled back to Italy for the first time around 1978, some 32 years after going home following the war.
I inspected drug manufacturers in Milan, Triento and around Rome over a span of several years.
Each visit was more exciting than the last.
It was hard work, two days on site, then grab the bag and off to another plant, or even to another country. Most of the weeked days were free, which afforded me with an opportunity to see the sights.
In fact, I "saw the sights" in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany ,Denmark, Finland, Romania (whereI was informed that they speak poor Italian),Yugoslavia,Hungrey, Japan, Korea, China,Egypt, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Malawi, Rowanda and Congo.
My one trip thru Florence involved a brief stop in the train station, which had actually been "home" to me back in Oct/Dec-44, when I was selected to be a student at the University of Florence.
Two hours of lectures, then 22 hours of free time. What a life.
The station had been converted to dormitory for the purpose of housing said students.
I envy you for your recent trip back there.
Sorry to rattle on like this, but Italy is my very favorite place and favorite subject.
As for contacts with 92nd ID or 1st A/D personel, I will see what I can generate.