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!
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
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
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 !
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 ready for the new year? As I already told you in my previous posts this upcoming year , 2017 , will be very important for my beautiful little town Pistoia and for me , of course , as I feel as being part of my birthplace. Just about 50 years ago nobody could … More Welcome 2017 & may all your dreams come true as these ones…
As some of you couldn’t see it very well in my previous post, here is it! Please let me know what do you think about it. Thank you
Just three days ago has been presented to public the new logo for Pistoia as it will be the Italy’s capital of culture next year as you already know it frim my previous posts. After its presentation by the Pistoia’s mayor & the young designer from Pistoia who created it , a lot of rumors … More Pistoia : the new logo for Italy’s capital of culture 2017
Everybody speaking about Pistoia but I am sure you are wondering : where is Pistoia? in Tuscany, of course! in the Norhtern part of it! close to many more popular and touristic cities such as Florence 30 km Lucca 50 km , about 67 km from Pisa (International airport ) just near the Appenine mountains … More Pistoia , a must see but ..where is it?
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!
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!
If you are travelling in Tuscany don ‘t miss the Leonardo da Vinci birthplace . Not all foreigns know that “da Vinci ” in Italian means “from Vinci ” & it is a small village near Pistoia ~ MY birthplace 😉😄 ~ surrounded by beautiful olive grooves & wineyards, lovely farmhouses where to stop … More Leonardo da Vinci was born here!
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
Have you ever heard about Certaldo before? Maybe because the renowned writer & poet Giovanni Boccaccio – The Decameron’s author – was born here …..https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Boccaccio and its home museum so interesting to visit http://www.casaboccaccio.it/ with books & even old shoes dated 1300 and aspectacular view from the tower over the hamlet that till today maintained its old … More Certaldo : a Medieval beautiful hamlet in Tuscany!
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 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!!!
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
Some friends, some food ( of course! ) some drink, a lot of music & fun & people of every age around us : teens , as my daugther ( that was there too arrived 7 hours 😱😱😱before the beginning with her friends) & middle age people,as us😊😊 http://www.tizianoferro.com Tiziano Ferro is a young Italian … More Florence stadium : Tiziano Ferro concert & his gay pride
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.
Can’t imagine how many times I think about this city :it was a real beautiful discover & want to go back soon again. Our guide showed this quarter where the Fado = faith , music started : a quarter in which each wall tells … More My Lisbon : doors ,windows & the Fado murales
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 )
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
tasting & walking tour to immerse myself in The real Lisbon ‘s atmosphere with its colours, smells & goodies! Mountains of codefish, ( They call it The sea pork as They eat everything of it : toungue & chick too)sardines & pata negra ham so expensive & so lightly tasty as no one else …extra … More My Lisbon : a Food tasting tour remembering Sardinian flavours
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
Love Portobello market not on Saturdays – full of tourists – love the food stalls with all the aromas coming from different kind of food traditions London is made of this : a wonderful mix of cultures and specialities from all over the world all together concentrated IN HERE