Immersed in an amazing artistic and natural setting , on Pistoia’s hills , by http://www.fondazionevivarelli.it I visited this lovely contemporary art exhibition by Dario Longo “Meeting point” is its title and here you could see some works made by http://www.dariolongo.it a good friend of mine since we were children . The colour and the shapes … More Dario Longo :a contemporary artist from Pistoia
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!
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
Vinicio Polidori : born in Pistoia same year as me ( so, a young man indeed !) met him first through its drawings explosed by Bar Nazionale in the library room & then met him personally through my friend Alessandra Vannetti who is the owner ‘s bar. Vinicio ‘s life is made of success & … More Pistoia : Vinicio Polidori an artist with a special touch
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!
Sometimes you have treasures around you , you could never thought about & you discover them just because you are a curious person! That’s exactly what happened to me some days ago : I went – for the first time – into a Fabiani jewelry in my birth town , Pistoia, and while I was … More Pistoia : a jewelry that is jewel itself
This post is dedicated to my blogger friend Yvonne from Australia , who is going live in Prato for some days in the new year ! It has been a great surprise for me this beautiful location & its masterpieces inside. I suggest you to visit not just the museum but even the brand new … More Prato : Centro Pecci reopened with 12,125 square metres of contemporary art!
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 ~
Do you remember the film : “Portrait of a lady” directed by the great Jane Campion in 1996 with Nicole Kidman & John Malkovich? Some scenes have been played in this old palace in the heart of Lucca and finally it is open to public & the magnificent garden too, so I could visit it … More Lucca & Pfanner Palace : feeling as a princess like Nicole Kidman!
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!
Titled : “Le sentinelle della memoria : giocattoli di un’altra epoca” A private toys collection a free open to public in occasion of “Dialoghi sull’uomo 2016 festival” in Pistoia , just in her own palace – Palazzo dè Rossi – belonged to this young collector’s family : Paola dè Rossi, that was one of the … More Pistoia : a private collection of old dolls & Pinocchio
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
Some shots I took last Wednsday in Duomo square , just having a sort of slalom among teints & the old buildings :a different point of view..in my birthplace – Pistoia – a lovely little gem in Tuscany, enjoy!
My interesting walking tour in Genova stopped not only by a bakery to taste focaccia genovese but also here : by a fresh handmade pasta maker : PASTA FRESCA FABIO & ALESSIA run by two brothers that run this family business in the historical center (have a look to the ceilings :old afrescoes overlooking the … More Fresh pasta made in Genoa ~ Ligurian style !
Usually I do not eat where I sleep but in this case it’s a must. http://www.estrobar.com it’s the Abitart hotel restaurant & I loved it! The location is so beautiful: many original paintings on the walls & such a great food experience , really unmissable. Prices are also fine to be in a such fashionable location … More Where to eat in Rome?
Not just a modern & original 4 star hotel designed by an architect who loves modern art but the people….amazing!! so welcoming ,such a great stay by www.abitarthotel.com & its restaurant too. Art is the main ingredient in this place : everywhere you could see masterpieces & the atmophere is very relaxing , not too modern … More Where to stay in Rome?
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
Can’t believe it? Yes,it’s true! I had the honour to stay at the left side of the Pope, couldn’t talk to him but I could touch him …he was so tall & imponent ! I can tell you it has been such an amazing experience meeting him in Pistoia by www.salvadoriarte.it ,such a great surprise indeed & … More MadeinPistoia : guess who? Pope Francesco & me!
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
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!
So happy about this news!👏👏 It deserves this nomination as for too many years it has been hidden between Florence & Lucca ‘s shades but now ……it’s time to show to the world how beautiful & interesting it is with its greenhouses, its museums, its market, its ‘movida’ in the evening & its old organs … More Pistoia : Italy’s city of culture 2017!!!
When Valentine day is going to come my husband never knows what I ‘d love to receive so I thought I have to start a bit earlier to look for something special and original to suggest him to buy for me . Some days ago a good friend of mine from New York sent me … More Some uncommon ideas for your Valentine
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
Cannot find better words to describe my town , Pistoia , than those used by the American journalist , Barbara Jones , that I had the pleasure to meet in 2008 . She wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News and in her article she describes so well the city and its beauties … More Pistoia : a medieval,hidden gem,in Tuscany
I have the pleasure to announce you this fab tour for the next spring 👍😉 A great Italian experience with lots of food, wine , art , shopping & of course …..fun! I will be one of the local hosts & will be happy to share my beautiful region with you. Have a look to … More Visit & taste the highlights of Tuscany with this tour ( & with me 👍😉🍷)
What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too. Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies & … More Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”
What a better way to start a summer day than leaving our men on the beach & go to the market for some shopping & chats ? Nothing! So many original things on these stalls just in the small heart of , San Pantaleo , a village on the Emerald coast . During the summer … More Sardinia : shopping & fun ( for ladies only !)at the seaside market
Did you know since the Roman Era this granite was very popular all over the Mediterranean area? The Romans had their caves just in this Northern part of the island & ship them to Rome. Still today it is exported all over the world and this is one of the most requested kind of precious … More Sardinia : granite cave near the seaside
Just nature everywhere: sea, beach, rocks, sand,trees,flowers and stones…a deep blue sky , some good old friends and that’s it ! Simply everything you can ask to your vacations : a solitary beach with your family and best friends. Love this island for its wind, its scented trees, its original stones & rocks , its … More Sardegna : on a solitary beach …
Have a look the great beauty lives here ….
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 ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽
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
Just some shots from Some shots from The Bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena in The main square of Pistoia : stunning view from a beautiful palace for The oldest Bank in The world : founded in 1472.
http://www.volume.fi.it In piazza Santo Spirito in Florence you can enjoy a cup of coffee in an original setting : in the past it was a wood sculpturer atelier , now contains all the characteristic tools of the woodmaker & his sculptures, just amazing!! Great breakfast options : inside with a huge choice of books & … More Firenze by mouth : VOLUME an original setting for a tasty stop
During my tasting tour in Lisbon our guide finished the tour in front of this palace that I really loved 💓💓💓 The Josè Saramago Foundation, the Portoguise writer & poet born in 1922 and the most translated portoguise writer of all. This reminded me one if his book titled : Cecità = blindness,cecity. Very interesting … More My Lisbon : José Saramago & the MUDE (Museu Design Moda )
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?
Not just wine, not just food , not just Tuscany : here we are in an exclusive location, with a noble lady , by her family estate with a magnificent Italian garden…simply a dream 😍😍 with something more ….excellent wines , extra virgin oil & a special dessert wine : vin santo! Ginevra is the … More My exclusive Tuscany : lunch & wine tasting with a real Italian Countess
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
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