To be a working woman in Italy : a business speed date to meet other women – Confcommercio Pistoia & Prato together

Have you ever took part to a speed date? For me it has been my first time last Thursday evening & I’m sure it will not be the last one!  Not to know a new man for a love story but a business “one-to-one” meeting of just 3 minutes each to introduce ourselves to another … More To be a working woman in Italy : a business speed date to meet other women – Confcommercio Pistoia & Prato together

Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany , Italy’s capital of culture in 2017!

Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course! ( or  maybe…. just for this ?) not only because it is crowned  Italy’s capital of culture in 2017  but first of all for its geographic position in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany , Italy’s capital of culture in 2017!

Why  Pistoia ? my interview to American  expats who decided to live here.

 I love my birtplace Pistoia, as a part of myself, althought   I wanted to escape from her when I was young  as I thought it was too small , too NOT open mind for the big dreams I had..after many  years I fell in love with her just because I have been so fortunate … More Why  Pistoia ? my interview to American  expats who decided to live here.

Pistoia’s gem :ever had an  aperitivo in a greenhouse & in a kitchen garden? Here you can!

I have already told you about Pistoia that has been called  “city of green”  because of its nurseries plant & greenhouses , exporting plants & trees all over the world to create fab private & public gardens /parks ,right? This time I wish to share with you this beautiful location where having a yummy & … More Pistoia’s gem :ever had an  aperitivo in a greenhouse & in a kitchen garden? Here you can!

Pistoia: tomorrow starts 37th edition of PistoiaBlues Festival  & it’s live music in town!

Still remember one of the first Pistoiablues in 1983 : I was still a teenager & never seen before  a concert in the Duomo square  of my city ! The most impressive thing to me was the very different kind of people  coming from everywhere in Italy & from abroad  with long hair & long … More Pistoia: tomorrow starts 37th edition of PistoiaBlues Festival  & it’s live music in town!

Pistoia : a must see town in Tuscany!

You know how much I love❤️ my birthplace , Pistoia, located in Tuscany ,just in the between of the marvellous  Florence & lovely Lucca , more renowned & visited by tourists than my small city. So you can understand how happy I’ve been to be invited by Tuscanybuzz www.tuscanybuzz.com to a blogtour #BuzzMeetFriends along with American, Brasilian … More Pistoia : a must see town in Tuscany!

Pistoia welcomes WoLakota  -Sioux :Indians from America exibition

Yessss, Pistoia is a  multicultural town & it is welcoming an exibition of original clothes, accessories & photos  in addition to speeches & meetings about this great people from America & its most significant representatives. In piazza del Duomo – Pistoia’s heart – in the City Hall ground floor called “Afrescoes halls” you could see … More Pistoia welcomes WoLakota  -Sioux :Indians from America exibition

Pistoia : Santa Barbara’s Fortress ,a Tuscan  highline over the city!

          Yesterday I visited this enchanting location just on the border of a public park where I used to go when I was a child , Piazza d’Armi. With the Pistoia’s Instagrammer group & the FAI  young volounteers  ( Fondo Ambiente Italiano –  )we visited this fourtess dated fourtheen century that hosted  in different … More Pistoia : Santa Barbara’s Fortress ,a Tuscan  highline over the city!

Pistoia : a low speed city, an  exibition of old greetings cards without cars…

Everything now is high speed , everybody is running but how  was looking a  city without cars? By the biggest library  in Tuscany – that is in Pistoia – wwww.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it – until the end of January you could see an old collection of postcards from Pistoia & its district with empty streets , just people walking ….cam’t … More Pistoia : a low speed city, an  exibition of old greetings cards without cars…

Passion 4 shoes  : fashion comfort Italian  shoes outlet 

http://www.theflexx.com Just  in the outskirks of Pistoia you can find The Flexx :  it’s an outlet with comfortable shoes : extra light flexible air pocket soles , soft leather uppers that can fit perfectly to your feet  as a glove! Sales are arrived here too & these are my photos just took there today,  enjoy😍❤️ … More Passion 4 shoes  : fashion comfort Italian  shoes outlet 

Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course!  ( or  maybe…. just fot this?😂😜) first of all for its location in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a stretegical basis  between North & South  : the actual Duomo square became in … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!

“A Settembre l’uva è matura e il fico pende” this is an old farmers’ saying = in Septmber grape is mature & fig hangs…this morning I had the proof this is trally true !in Pistoia’s countryside lots of sweet grape & figs ! My breakfast was made of this fantastic & organic fruits👏👏 Many hands … More Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!

Made in Pistoia :  “the green & the city ” yes , we can ! just 4 one day in Pistoia

To celebrate my birthday what a better place than being  my birthtown with a green , fresh  carpet of grass in the city’s heart? For just one day ,until midnight , as in Cindarella’s tale Pistoia was a green island in the so called ‘Sala’ district where is the city’s movida every week end. This … More Made in Pistoia :  “the green & the city ” yes , we can ! just 4 one day in Pistoia

Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 

“MOlino”  is the word we use to say mill in Tuscany “MUlino “is the correct Italian word😉 So, yesterday I was in an old mOlino  for lunch looking for fresh air & a cooler temperature as in the city it is too hot this summer😁🌴🌴☀️☀️☀️ The food was so good & the location just over … More Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 

Made in Pistoia : enjoy July with Pistoia Blues Festival!

Since I was child July was a very happy  month for me : first of all because of my birthday on the 5th 🎉🎊🎁🎁🎁🎂🎂🎉than , on the 25th the patron’s celebration – Sant’ Jacopo   -with Giostra dell Orso ( a kind of Palio in Siena : an horse race in the main square of … More Made in Pistoia : enjoy July with Pistoia Blues Festival!

Pistoia :il Pollo d’Oro since 1963 a family run Pizzeria ,same location, same top quality!

A perfect restaurant  pizzeria  for pizza lovers (wood fire ) and every kind of Tuscan food, from pasta to seafood and homemade desserts , big mix salads and Tuscan beer made in a small brewery , tagliata meat steak , original starters with Parmigiano mousse and creamy buffalo mozzarella  and many more options ! Just … More Pistoia :il Pollo d’Oro since 1963 a family run Pizzeria ,same location, same top quality!

Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

The word “norcino” comes from a small town , Norcia , in Umbria region  in central /south Italy & means coming from Norcia. Starting from the Middle Age in this area of Italy there were many  norcini  (a sort of  butchers specialized  in pork meat  only : experts of making  sausages ,ham,salami & everything coming … More Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

Pistoia’s restaurant : Il carbonile ~ quality & passion 

A perfect Sunday lunch on a terrace with old good  friends pairing  with tasty & beautiful dishes prepeared by a passionate young chef, Alessandro , who worked in my beloved London & in Australia before landing  in Pistoia. A special comment on a liver patè that is my favourite , both for its taste & … More Pistoia’s restaurant : Il carbonile ~ quality & passion 

Pistoia : a travel consultant & a wedding planner who fullfills your dreams!

http://www.isolalamente.com What can I say about this wonderful woman who is able to fullfill your wish   of getaways , both in Italy  & worldwide, with more than  30 years of experience in the travel industry as travel agent & certified tour operator , honeymoon planner & of course  a fantastic wedding planner? Just show … More Pistoia : a travel consultant & a wedding planner who fullfills your dreams!

Pistoia : Agriturismo San Rocco, a Tuscan farmhouse 

A typical big countryhouse restored & divided in  flats in the outskirts of Pistoia , to host Italian & foreign people from everywhere . The owners  , avery  nice Tuscan couple, welcomes me opening the door of this beautiful house with  brend new  furnitures , handmade embrodery tapestry, every comforts including  air cond in each … More Pistoia : Agriturismo San Rocco, a Tuscan farmhouse 

Pistoia : a curious hamlet called “The sayings’ village ” 

Never been in this place before : just 30 minutes driving from Pistoia’s     center  and it is another world! no shops, no supermarket, no school, no hotel ( just  an only b&b called Il ghiro = the loir 👍😉) no police station, no post office , no wi fi , but …. a … More Pistoia : a curious hamlet called “The sayings’ village ” 

Made in Pistoia : Rose Barni  – growers (with passion ) – of the best roses ,since 1882 

http://www.rosebarni.it A name , ROSE BARNI ,an historical surname for roses ,it means an historical name for roses in Pistoia since ever! When you can say  to your friends , visiting your garden or simply sipping  a cup of coffee  sitting in your patio full of scented roses : look , this is  a RoseBarni … More Made in Pistoia : Rose Barni  – growers (with passion ) – of the best roses ,since 1882 

Passion 4 cappuccino  : how has to be a real good one 

If you want to start a new day with a twist don’t miss this cappuccino! great coffee flavour & very thick foam , kindness & smiling faces will serve it to you ( not so common anymore nowadays , unfortunately, ) delicious fresh pastries every morning & many newspapers & magazines so you can stop, … More Passion 4 cappuccino  : how has to be a real good one 

Made in Pistoia: the biggest library of Tuscany is here , Biblioteca SanGiorgio

Can you believe? not in Florence or Siena ir Pisa but …..in my small town , Pistoia!!! http://www.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it Open in 2007 at the presence of the Nobel ‘s award winner Dario Fo , takes place on the first location where , in 1906, was opened the SANGIORGIO train factory , still in use in another … More Made in Pistoia: the biggest library of Tuscany is here , Biblioteca SanGiorgio

Pistoia: La Toscana in bocca = Tuscany by mouth a Food experience!

Last wek end we hosted a all day round & night 👍😉a kermesse of tuscan food  cusine , many different kind of restaurants & trattorie from Pistoia ‘s district under the same sign & roof : Tuscan food! Just finished the second edition & with a great success for Corradossi restaurant who won the award … More Pistoia: La Toscana in bocca = Tuscany by mouth a Food experience!

Pistoia : a secret garden , wine & art and … whatelse?

In an old building  – historical palace – that is a Residence in the city  center of Pistoia ,www.artemuraresidence.com yesterday  I was invited to a wine tasting of Tuscan producers  ( one is my friend Lisa Barsi with her farmhouse – family estate  www.lepoggiola.com ) combined with fab paintings made by www.danielacorsini.it  Behind the palace there is … More Pistoia : a secret garden , wine & art and … whatelse?

Slowfood Galway , Ireland , visited & tasted Pistoia ‘s flavours with me

What a nice tour we had together in Pistoia ! Such a great group of people , all experts of food and really interested in knowing everything about Tuscan food and wine, of course, and extra virgin oil and plants! An unforgettable 4 days trip with Irish people that I feel so close to Italian … More Slowfood Galway , Ireland , visited & tasted Pistoia ‘s flavours with me

Pistoia ,a hidden gem in Tuscany: John Ruskin loved (& wrote )about this Church

The English writer , John Ruskin ( art critic ,poet ,peinter )  , born in my beloved London in 1918, visited Pistoia in 1845 . He was really impressed by the Church of San Giovanni fuorcivitas ( this Latin word means outside of the city but at the present it is considered THE city heart … More Pistoia ,a hidden gem in Tuscany: John Ruskin loved (& wrote )about this Church