September it’s harvest time in Tuscany so in this period of the year we can find by bakery a special sweet focaccia made with grapes called : schiacciata con l’uva ; just simple ingredients but very very yummy : ideal for breakfast or as a cake for a tasty snack . This could be your … More Florence cultural tours with yummy stops in harvest time
Have you ever seen “buchette del vino” in Florence? Maybe yes but you didn’t know what they were… In English could be translated in : “wine windows”, for wine lovers since the XVII century when , due to some export restrictions the Florentine noble families decided to sell wine produced in their countryside estates , … More “Wine windows” in Florence: one just re-open!
If you are in Florence you can’t miss the Basilica of Santa Croce , the Pazzi chapel and of course all the nice shops in the nearby, especially http://www.aquaflorfirenze.com in Borgo Santa Croce no.6 a lovely shop where you could find the best room fragrances, parfums and luxury soaps to bring home as gifts for … More Berberè in Florence : an authentic Italian pizza in the heart of Florence
What about having a taste of France in piazza della Santissima Annunziata in Florence? Not just food but even scented soaps ,parfums, herbal infusions , clothes , lovely hats, table cloths and much more. As soon as I ‘ve been arrived in the piazza suddenly I felt like being in France but on the back … More A bite of France in Florence
http://www.imosaicidilastrucci.it What a coincidence : about a month ago a gemmologist from Pistoia , Lucia Gori , told me about this place in Firenze . Two days ago a friend of mine Carmen , native from Canarie island but living in Florence since long time, brought me here and I immediately recognized the name engraved … More An amazing studio in the heart of Florence : a jump in the Renaissance
When you are in Florence you can’t miss this museum : in a stunning location ( that reminded me the Victoria & Albert Museum in London ) you could find all the original statues of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral façade and the original Baptistery ‘s doors by Ghiberti and Brunelleschi – with just … More Firenze : Il Grande Museo del Duomo, bellissimo!
If your dream is to live a real Florentine experience & feeling like being part of the History, not just a visitor , this is exactly where you should stay. In an historical building , Palazzo Ciofi-Jacometti , old columns frame the palace dated midway through the 18th century, commissioned by the Papal treasurer Marquis … More Where to stay in Florence & feeling part of the History : Relais Santa Croce ~ Baglioni hotels ~
Yesterday I was strolling in the Florence city center & I’ve heard a drum sound …so I stopped: I thought it was like being in another century … then I saw a police woman on a horse & lots of people standing at the border of the Calzaiuoli street that leads to Piazza della Signoria … More Celebrating 300 years of Chianti Classico wine 🍷: 1716 September 25th & today 🍷2016
Are you travelling along Italy and are you going to stop in Firenze at Santa Maria Novella’s train station to change train and you have just one hour ? What a pity you have just such a short time to visit this beautiful city ,you are sad about it ,aren’t you? …😁😞☹️ I can … More What to see in Florence in just one hour!
Are you interested in knowing more about the Medici family ? Do you think you have read enough about it on guides & on history books ? or maybe you just heard about this surname but you didn’t really know what this family really represented for Florence & its prestigious heritage! I think you will … More Florence & the Medici Dynasty Show
http://www.nomination.it I have had the great pleasure to meet Monica Tiozzo – the Nomination president – during an happy hour in Pistoia planned by TO BE DONNA -an entrepeneurs’ women association of Confcommercio – to present her new book titled : ”How to be a mother, a wife and yourself as well as a president … More Nomination : a shining lady behind an Italian leader jewels brand
Sunday before Christmas in Florence is usually very crowded but … over the river Arno it’s another atmosphere! This is what I saw yesterday : a nice small market with different kind of products , from food to flowers to clothes : piazza Santo Spirito with its church & trees made me feel as … More Florence : Christmas market in Santo Spirito
Not just arts & fashion in Florence, it is also a city worldwide renowed for its goldsmiths shops on the Ponte Vecchio , the small artisans studios & also this kind of gold :genuine 23 kt gold & genuine silver available in flakes ( yes as corn flakes😂😂) crumbs ,powder & leaves to be … More MadeinFlorence : Manetti , edible gold to enrich your Christmas dishes
Have a look the great beauty lives here ….
Finally after many years I was able to visit this special museum I ‘ve only seen on internet . Such a great emotion to discover Elisabeth ‘s books, fornitures & letters, her bed & seeing frim the same view she could see from her balcony😍😍😍 The great love for her husband , the poet Robert … More Florence : Elisabeth Barret Browning house museum – love story & poems, an Italian life
Cannot resist to stop immaginating how can be the daily life behind the big doors & old gates : old buildings with an history , a prestigious past lived with noble duties & privileges … Nowadays how could be the life of people living inside these historical palaces? Just imagine the insides as I do … More Firenze : old portals & gates
Walking in Florence & falling in love with a street : yes it is possible if you just forget for a moment the most glam street & you cross the river Arno & just let you lead from the San Frediano quarter…your eyes will be full of beauty in a minute & your nose … More San Frediano : a charming street in Florence
Since I was a child my mother used to stop here for a cappuccino , an espresso or an aperitivo & for me a hot chocolate topped with swipped cream , if in winter time , in summer a fresh organge juice😉 I was very young but I was able to feel that it was … More Florence : Gilli Caffè since 1733 a must in Firenze
In Via del Parione, 28-32/R ,just at the beginning of this street almost on the corner with the most fashionable street , Via Tornabuoni ,near palazzo Spini Feroni that hosts the Ferragamo’s shoes museum & its boutique , you can find the Florian Café , founded in Venice in 1720. http://www.caffeflorian.com Daniel , the kind … More Florian café : not just in Venice but in Florence too!
Florence at night is shining as a real gem This is Spini – Feroni ‘s palace in its magnificence🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 in Santa Trinita Square. Il Borro tuscan Bistro is on The Arno riverside , same building of Ferragamo’s headquarter ( Old Beautiful historical palace Spini -Feroni ) an elegant & typical Tuscan bistrot can offer you … More The fab 4 F : #Florence – #Ferragamo – #Food – #Fashion !
Here I am again : Celebrating 10th anniversary of Taste ,in Florence , Tuscany ! A three day food & drink fair hosted in The ex historical train station called Leopolda (in Honour of his founder grand duke Leopoldo II of Tuscany opened in 1848 ) and now in use Just for exibitions. ️Many exibitors … More #taste 2015 : Top Quality food producers in Florence
Florence : Sunday Morning & Open gates for some beautiful old noble palaces in The heart of The city Here they are : palazzo Frescobaldi ( renowned WINE makers) & Ferroni on The ‘oltrarno’ side. Let’s go!
Sunday Morning Today A Different athmosphere over the Arno river : Santo Spirito area Friends Colours Food Spritz White wine A sunny square with trees As a small Place des Vosges Parisienne Families Children Happiness Joy Sun Birds & fountain Church & restaurants Everything is Ready for us To be enjoyed We are hanging on … More Aperitivo in Florence :TAMERÓ diladdarno – Santo Spirito
Just back from a Saturdsy Morning into The green , sun , roses , peonia , scented lemon & statues , lakes & grotto! All in one place : Pitti palace gardens , Boboli & then a visit to Bardini’s garden . One only ticket to visit both and fill your eyes , nose , … More Ever visited Boboli garden in Florence? Medici’s spirit is still in the air
It’s The third time for me here : love This fair about food and wine, beer and chocolate, salmon and icecream , cookbooks and tasting storma, shows & chefs from all over Italy. Florence is a Special location to host Such events & I really loved FUORI DI TASTE , dinners and meeting outside The … More A tasting of TASTE 2014 in Florence, Tuscany
Here we are in The heart Of Tuscany The so called Renaissance cradle A brand New EATALY is Open You could see The Giotto’s tower bell from The top floor , it is in fact located in an old building That hosted in The past a big bookshop Smaller compared to Rome sister I visited … More EATALY IN FLORENCE NEW OPENING
Maybe you remember when in a previous post I mentioned The Italian Macarons’ origins : Caterina dei Medici from Florence exported them to France in The XVI century when she moved to France to get married to Henry II Of France. Nowadays another lady brought them back to Italy : first in Milan & Rome … More Macaron by Ladurée in Tuscany now : Lucca & Florence
CHIAROSCURO CAFFE’VIA DEL CORSO,36R FIRENZE Just in the heart of Florence – just behind the Brunelleschi’s dome – have a fab coffee tasting with an interesting explaination by one of the owner , Massimo. Here I am with my American friend Suzanne from Texas, tasting and learing more about coffee and coffee plant & beans. … More CAFFE’ CHIAROSCURO – FIRENZE
Just close to piazza Sant’Ambrogio you can find great Japanese food PINGUSTO ASIAN FUSION RESTAURANT in an informal atmosphere with a huge choice and (very important to me) a lot of clients everyday so that’s why I can assure you that the food is always fresh ! Open everyday at lunch for just 10,00 Euro … More Florence, Tuscany : PINGUSTO WOK RESTAURANT
Milkeria in Firenze Borgo degli Albizi 87R ( just close to The Bargello museum , in The city center) Last Saturday I had the pleasure to meet my friend Paul from Sydney in Florence & decided to try this brand new ice cream shop in The heart Of town. ‘Organic’ is the word you can … More La MILKERIA : organic original Italian ice cream in Florence ~Tuscany
Once upon a time, there was an historical cafè called ‘Giacosa ‘ ( founded in 1815 and licensed furnisher Of the Italian Royal family ) in the most glamorous street of Florence ~ that could be compared to the Fifth Avenue in New York ~ Via Tornabuoni . It was the only café facing this … More Fashion café in the heart of Florence
Maybe not everybody knows that Pistoia, my birthplace , is the capital of green! Yes, we export thousand of plants every year to create the best private and public garden of the WORLD! Here follows an extrat from a very interesting book written by Francesca Bardelli about the history of the nursery industry in Pistoia: … More MadeinPistoia : Pistoia the capital of the green !
If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love’s sake only. Do not say ‘I love her for her smile—her look—her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’— For these things in … More ‘If you must love me, let it be for nought except for love’s sake only..’
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee … More A poem by Elisabeth Barrett Browning : How do I love thee?
A love story in Florence : as one ofthe mostprominent English poets Of The Victorian era, in 1842 left England for Italy ~ Florence ~ with her lover – Robert Browning a writer – to spend her life here in This palace Where she died in 1861 June 29th . She is now buried in … More Elisabeth Barrett Browning, a love story
A day in Florence with My friends :ladies only soooo….as you can imagine ~ or maybe NOT ~ lots of windows shopping, laughs , cappuccino, cakes, luncheon in a cool restaurant, shopping !!yes again , spending money not just looking 😜😜Walking a lot, talking too much about many subjects, never too tired never fed up … More Strolling in Florence with friends