Since June 1st in Italy we can eat inside a restaurant and sip a coffee inside a café: life is back again! … More Yes , now in Italy we can : have an espresso inside and eat seated inside a restaurant
Less restrictions in Italy post lockdown, freedom no more masks outside, museums are open, no border among Italian regions anymore … More Here Pistoia – Tuscany – Italy Phase #3 started!
Remember Florence, its beauties and its crowded streets … More Remembering Florence with love
What a great coincidence : Pistoia has been crowned Italy’s capital of culture in 2017 & just in this year , Bar Nazionale celebrates 50 years of activity! Run by the same family with the same kindness , with the same smile from 5:30 in the morning ( very hard to smile at that time … More Pistoia : happy 50th anniversary Bar Nazionale !
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
Live the literary life, Tuscan style! Yes, this will be my next tour in Tuscany : read the book , visit the setting! Brunelleschi’s Dome or Death in Florence, or Mona Lisa or Dan Brown’s Inferno….here they are now : are not only in your mind and fantasy but in the locations we will visit … More Book Club in Tuscany with …me!
Are you excited for sales?? First you need a cup of coffee or cappuccino or an aperitivo to plan your sale tour, don’t you agree?? Here in Tuscany they just started on January 5th so this the first week end of sale shopping & is going to be a very busy one althought is … More Pistoia : it’s time for SALES !!
Maybe you think you know how do it – very easy indeed – and maybe… you can even drink it – very good and easy too – but …. do you know how to wash properly a coffee machine? Let’s have a look here….to have the best coffee your machine has to be perfectly … More Espresso coffee : do you really know how to clean a coffee machine?
Ever celebrated a birthday party for breakfast?? My friends & I did it this morning in a nice café in Pistoia called Evo Cafè http://www.evocaffe.it Our common friend was just 40 last August but everyone was on holiday so cannot celebrate it. So, we decided to have breakfast all together before going to work this … More A surprise birthday party for breakfast🍰🎂☕️for ladies only🎁
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
Here we are : one of the most important road of Pistoia , the so called , at the beginning of last century , “camionabile” – from camion = truck in English – because it was the first big direct road that was leading to Bologna , the North of Italy – in a quick … More Made in Pistoia : The first STREETFOOD in Pistoia!
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..
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
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!
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
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
The Tuscan compositor Giacomo Puccini born in Lucca in 1858 , was used to smoke Toscano cigar during his relaxing time & even when creating his operas such as la Bohème or La Tosca 😉and with a Toscano cigar you could see it in his statue in front of his birthhouse-museum in the heart of … More Made in Tuscany : 200 years of Toscano cigar celebrated with ‘Toscanello’
What do You ask to an hotel? For me it has to be : in The city’s heart ,❤️❤️ close to The pulsant life but not noisy At night😛 Clean Historical building but renovated Big shower & bathrobe Not too soft bed not too soft pillow Many complimentary bath accessories Smiling & helpful people … More My Lisbon :a design hotel with a view
In Italy every moment during the day , and at night too , is a good moment to have a stop by a BAR (typical Italian cafè) and sip a small cup of an espresso or a cappuccino or ginseng coffee or a barley coffee or a caffè macchiato ( with a milk spot : … More How to sip a good coffee as a real Italian!
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
Another historical family run business in Pistoia. A coffee Roastery in The middle of The town , aromas are all around The factory ️when they are roasting The beans coming from abroad. Italian coffee is famous worldwide because Of The Special way The green beans are roasted & blended not because it is a Country … More MadeinPistoia : New York caffè since 1930 ~ Roasting coffee ~
Pistoia is a nice small city with Etruscan origins…. continue reading here on this interesting portal ….enjoy! http://www.menuale.it/blog/dove-mangio/il-pollo-doro–una-garanzia-da-piu-di-50-anni.aspx
Finally Open again in The heart Of my city – pedestrian area – in The so called ‘ Il Globo’ = The Globe area , few steps from The Duomo square. It ️was a MUST for Pistoia’s people at The beginning Of the last century and for my parents’ generation : a meeting point for … More Pistoia : New opening Of the historical Cafè du Globe
RISTORI This is The name Of a lovely small cosy food boutique in The heart of Lucca! Espresso coffee , aromatized coffee, profitterols with wipped cream,ice cream , burger ice, Sacher torte, pinenuts block , cappuccino , spirits and much more… A nice small tea Room on The back side reminds me a Londoner location..sweet … More Lucca : #sweet food to go !#chocolate&more in Fillungo street The Fifth Ave Of Lucca
Don’t miss a tasting tour with me when visiting Florence! An authentic Italian food experience with a lot to know about first quality ingredients & unforgettable sweet memories Of your visit in Tuscany! ❤️🌻☕️☕️🍴🍴🍩🍩🍩🍦🍦🍧🍨🍨
First edition Of http://www.latoscanainbocca.it in Pistoia ! Located just close to The biggest library Of Tuscany, (www.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it )in The ex Breda area , called “la cattedrale ” ( The cathedral ). Open from 11 am until 11 pm : starting from breakfast with warm bread straight from The oven , until dinner time & more.. … More MadeinPistoia: a typical Tuscan food experience at LA TOSCANA IN BOCCA
Here I am today : by Andrea Slitti chocolate & coffee boutique in Monsummano Terme , 10 km from Pistoia. http://www.slitti.it Andrea Slitti is a maître chocolatier from Tuscany : since 1988 won lots of prestigious prizes in The most renowned international & National contests . Lovely Easter’s Windows & gorgeous chocolate eggs , any … More MadeinPistoia – Chocolate valley in Tuscany : Slitti maître chocolatier
Once upon a time, In a foggy & grey winter Morning in a small town in Tuscany a nice coloured surprise knocked at My door .. A multicolour box with 6 coffee cups designed by a Chinese artist , Liu Wei , lighted up My day ! Illy caffè from Trieste – Italy – wanted … More Illy caffè art Collection just 4 me!
Munich : Bavaria, Germany Lived in This beautiful town about 30 years ago to study German language and today I found it still very Interesting , clean , tidy, elegant & safe to be a big city. The windows shops are shining with New winter collections & restaurants & cafes are very welcoming at any … More A luxury delicatessen food store in Munich :Alois Dallmayr
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
Do you know Where The ricotta’s name comes from ? The translation in English is : cooked twice = in Italian : ri – cotta. In fact after having take off the fresh cheese paste from the milk, what remains into the bowl has to be boiled – adding some more fresh milk – & … More Just made fresh ricotta sheep cheese
illyshop Rome Via dei Due Macelli, 59D – Rome Tel 06.69190715 Hours: open daily 9:00 to 19:30 The project illypoint illy distributes its products in a selective way, within places able to express and represent his world: the best bars illy, the online shop http://www.shop.illy.com, specifically the illy and, from 2011, the illyshop , real … More THE ILLYSHOP PROJECT : WHERE TO FIND THEM
Try to sip a real espresso coffee in a such exclusive and relaxing room, with art books around you : your coffee break will become an unforgettable moment for you and your friends or clients.
Grey & red are the Illy caffè colours , you can find them in this shop as in this stunning chandalier with the shape of big cup, made of hundred cups…… as those you have everyday maybe??
Some more original cups you can also purchase in the shop
If you visit the new Illy Caffè Shop you can also have the chance to taste your coffee or cappuccino in an original cup designed by artists ,as these in the picture by Daniel Buren, as having a cup of coffee is a five senses pleasure!