Head spring statue found in the Arno river in the Sixties … More 🌸Welcome spring!🌸and the “head of spring” story : have you seen this woman?
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
Curiosity about my birthplace : Pistoia a hidden gem in Tuscany … More Pistoia: a hidden gem in Tuscany and its curious streets’ names
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
www.osterialecentobuche.it Just outside the city center there is an original location for a restaurant it was until 1995 a wool factory ( Prato in fact it is a very renowned texile district near Florence)belonging to the Abatoni family since the XIII Century and then to the monks of San Fabiano . It is so beautiful … More Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche
During your first tour in Tuscany you can’t miss this city including a look to Duomo with its amazing ceiling & pavement that is a magnificent painting! Let’s visit it with me now… just a look & I am sure you will fall in love with it as I did the first time I … More Siena : a classical Tuscan tour with a sweet stop
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!
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
Have a look the great beauty lives here ….
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
Loved this palace : it was a real surprise😍😍😍😱😱😱for me ! my friend from Italy told me not to miss it and so I did the first evening I was in Lisbon went there👍 it’s a restaurant but more than this it is a true institution representing the Alentejo region just close to Lisbon You … More My Lisbon : visit with me Casa do Alentejo !
In a romantic setting as San Giovanni Baptistry I found out this stunning exibition with a fab light ! it’s like to be in another world : no sounds just this mix of colours & shadows ….an enchanting setting for a stop from my walking tour abd on the ceiling a film was playing…. … More My Volterra :Rosso Fiorentino art exibition
My very first time in Lisbon was last week , just before Easter & I am missing it already…. its colours, its fresh & light air ,its smells , its sweets bakery shops’ windows , its old cafès ,its azulejos All over façades, its mosaic Street’s pavements, its multi colour trams & funicular , The … More My Lisbon ‘s coloured façades
Pistoia city hall , Comunale palace ,An extraordinary open by FAI www.fondoambiente.it a sort of an Italian Heritage Trust that dedicates a springvweek end For special openings & guided Tours Of hidden places usually closed to public. Led by volounteers of Art students from Pistoia’s high School & from The Architecture University of Florence , dressed with … More Pistoia : hidden gem’s treasure in Tuscany
Maybe not even people from Pistoia know it but we have after Rome with Saint Peter & Florence with The Brunelleschi Dome , The third biggest dome. At The present under rennovation works it is in the historical center and just in Via della Madonna . The sanctuary was founded in 1495 and became The … More Pistoia : Madonna dell’ umiltà – The 3rd biggest dome in Italy
On the Northen part of Sardinia island facing the Corse coast stunning rocky shapes kissing the seaside Romans crossed the deep blue sea to extract the hard shining granite travelling by ships fighting against the strong wind and the Bonifacio’s waves making big holes to take out the best marble to create a Gods’ temple … More Sardinia island~ my ‘pills of heaven’~ Roman Pantheon granite columns come from here!