Thermal water & Liberty style in Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme : a beautiful thermal location where to enjoy curative thermal water by Il Tettuccio … More Thermal water & Liberty style in Montecatini Terme

A message of hope after lockdown from Pistoia Tuscany Italy … More

Even Churches re-open after lockdown in Pistoia, Tuscany,Italy

What a great emotion seeing the Church door open after so many days of lockdown! Finally we can go back to a Church and pray and most of all being able to take part to the celebrations. Of course even here there are the same restrictions we have in restaurants,cafes and open spaces : one … More Even Churches re-open after lockdown in Pistoia, Tuscany,Italy

A generous gesture from New York to Pistoia

My good friend Sylvia Zarr from New York decided to donate pizzas and a typical American dessert homemade “brownies” to the nurses of the new Covid19 department located in the city center of Pistoia in Via della Crocetta. Sylvia ordered them through my husband restaurant pizzeria in Pistoia, Il Pollo d’oro. I went personally to … More A generous gesture from New York to Pistoia

Here Tuscany – Italy – our second phase after lockdown May 4th 2020

Here we are! Another step , a small one , but it’s something : since yesterday we can see our relatives or partners or fiancés living close to us but only if they stay in the same region of Italy. Of course always wearing masks and keep the distance of at least more than one … More Here Tuscany – Italy – our second phase after lockdown May 4th 2020

Passioni visive exhibition: Visual passions in Pistoia tribute to Marino Marini 

The most preminent event in Pistoia in 2017 , in which Pistoia has been crowned Italy’s capital of culture, just open in the beautiful old palace palazzo Fabroni http://www.palazzofabroni.it  Not just sculptures made by the  great worldwide well known artist Marino Marini – born in Pistoia in 1901 – but masterpieces from the Etruscan era, … More Passioni visive exhibition: Visual passions in Pistoia tribute to Marino Marini 

Pistoia : Domenicans library ~ another old library just restored 

Last Saturday I’ve been invited by one of the two architects who projected the restoration of this beautiful old library , Antonella Galli , to the new opening . Another old library in the heart of Pistoia , at the disposal to Pistoia’s people , open three days a week but previous reservation even in … More Pistoia : Domenicans library ~ another old library just restored 

Pistoia : the old Fabroniana library since 1726

I’m sure you can’t imagine how many libraries Pistoia has ! This is such a great location in the heart of Pistoia : open just twice a week  ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays morning . You can find more info here https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblioteca_Fabroniana Cardinal Carlo Agostino Fabroni was the founder & still today after so many centuries you … More Pistoia : the old Fabroniana library since 1726

Made in Pistoia :  embroidery museum  & the precious Tuscan stitch 

Pistoia & its territory , especially  in Casale & Casalguidi area, have been considered since the 17th century a centre of excellence and top quality handmade embroidery  first made by convents & enclosed orders for the ecclesiastic pomp and later for noble families . The “Whitework” it is how they call this kind of embroidery … More Made in Pistoia :  embroidery museum  & the precious Tuscan stitch 

Pistoia &  “Il Funaro”a special space/place for artists

Pistoia reveals hidden gems behind its doors or its gates , as in this case. http://www.ilfunaro.org Il Funaro is an indipendent cultural center founded in 20o9 by four women : passion for theatre leads them to renovate this forgotten ,ruined building – from which the street takes its  name too,  Via del Funaro – that … More Pistoia &  “Il Funaro”a special space/place for artists

Pistoia : the longest hypogeous in Tuscany & Tibetan harmonia

Yesterday I had the best experience of relaxation in a stunning original location : in the longest hypogeous path in Tuscany ,maestro Iuri Ricci  – a skilled musical therapist & musician – played for us  , a small group of people,   his beautiful  Tibetan bells . The sound was fantastic & the good vibrations … More Pistoia : the longest hypogeous in Tuscany & Tibetan harmonia

Pistoia : Lonely Planet travel guide crowned it as a “must see” in the world!

Oh yesssss!!👏👏👏👍👍👍🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🍾🍾🍾 So proud to be featured ( not me , my birthplace Pistoia but  it is part of myself indeeed! )  in this worldwide renowned travel guide , the Lonely Planet!!! Seeing Pistoia in a list of the 10th must visit cities in the WORLD….close  to Lisbon & Cape Town makes me cry of … More Pistoia : Lonely Planet travel guide crowned it as a “must see” in the world!

Pistoia : what to do on Wednsday? market here ,with food & clothes

Just a walk in my city on Wednsday or on Saturday morning to see an example of real Tuscan life in its streets! Not just food stalls but clothes too & a nice cup of cappuccino for a chat with a good friend from Ireland who chose to live in my birthplace ❤️😍☕️☕️  Enjoy my … More Pistoia : what to do on Wednsday? market here ,with food & clothes

Pistoia : Manzoni theatre ,a real jewel in the city’s heart

  You can think you are at  ‘La Scala’ theatre , as it is just a minature of it ! but you are in Pistoia, in a small  but beautiful city in the Northen Tuscany just 30 km from the district capital, Firenze . Dated 1694 first it was called : “teatro dei Risvegliati ” … More Pistoia : Manzoni theatre ,a real jewel in the city’s heart

Pistoia : a lovely old palace where to stay  if you wish to visit my city

Have a look to this old & noble private palace – Palazzo Caluri in the past –  now offers rooms , suites & apartments   for everyone who loves  to live a special Tuscan experience in the city center of my birthplace, Pistoia. Love the name “locanda ” as it is what was  been called … More Pistoia : a lovely old palace where to stay  if you wish to visit my city

Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.

When I was a student this was my library & it was the only one in Pistoia .forteguerriana.comune.pistoia.it All the past generations have studied here surronded by these old shelves full of handmade old books & some of them also written by hands! Founded in 1473 after the Cardinal Niccoló Forteguerri ‘s death who decided … More Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.

Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered with ….me!

You know  I love my birthplace , Pistoia,  as I am writing about it since some years on my blog & posted many many photos on Instagram & Twitter of it. So now that has been just declared the Italy’s city of culture in 2017 I think you should follow my blog & have a … More Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered with ….me!

MadeinPistoia : a different choice, no more slot machines but …free books!!

Think you can’t  imagine how many nice things could happen in a small city as Pistoia ! I really  want to show you as much as I can of my birthplace in Tuscany as it is a hidden gem nobody knows…but you miss  a lot if you don’t visit it once in a life time! … More MadeinPistoia : a different choice, no more slot machines but …free books!!

Pistoia : Grand Cafè Le Damier , for a special cappuccino & more..

LE GRAN CAFE’ LE DAMIER – Via della Madonna,8 – Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy It is not a big bar as the name can suggest you, but on the contrary , it is a very intimate  cafè located in one of the most central street of Pistoia, Tuscany , italy. Run by a very charming young … More Pistoia : Grand Cafè Le Damier , for a special cappuccino & more..

A book about olive trees in Tuscany : mythology & history

An interesting little book written by Sandra Ristoro – expert in  Etruscan  archeology  and  Gilberto Stanghini  – grower in Pistoia and member of   http://www.vivaistipistoiesi.it  – was presented to 30 journalists invited to  Pistoia for a press tour visiting our greenhouses and of course olives plantations. It contains beautiful photos about olive tree ‘s origins … More A book about olive trees in Tuscany : mythology & history