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
Have you ever seen “buchette del vino” in Florence? Maybe yes but you didn’t know what they were… In English could be translated in : “wine windows”, for wine lovers since the XVII century when , due to some export restrictions the Florentine noble families decided to sell wine produced in their countryside estates , … More “Wine windows” in Florence: one just re-open!
What a great, sunny day in Torcello island with a fab group of American and English people sharing excellent food in a relaxing ,charming and historical location such as Locanda Cipriani ! Antipasto di astice was so delicious with the perfect Bellini cocktail ( just invented in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani owner of the renowned … More Locanda Cipriani : a must in Venice
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 !
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?
Here again after a long long ,busy year I can enjoy the same seaside & this marvellous sea, the granite marble big rocks 🌊☀️🌻🌴🌺meet my old friends from different regions & nations, tasting great food & excellent wines!🍾🦀🐠🐬🦂🌴🐚🌞🍷🍸🍹🍧☕️ This summer I have to add more memories to those I have collected in more than fourty … More Sardinia fascinates me !
What a wonderful idea travelling all women together in the Chianti countryside enjoying food,wine & lovely landscapes! This is one of my fav tour : ladies only …..💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 A stop in Greve in Chianti, for a beautiful & yummy cappuccino , a tour among hanging hams & salami by Falorni historical butchery, lunch by “Il … More Tour,lunch & shopping with Texan ladies in Chianti
I had the chance to visit this luxury b&b www.tornabuoniview.comabout an year ago when it was under renovation together with my friend Victoria de Maio – blogger & writer from US – http://www.postcardzfromvictoria.com and we loved it sooo much to decide to choose it as one of our location for our Tuscany tour , in September. The view … More A room with a view in Florence, wherever else?
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?
Such a great sensational experience by Agriturismo Le Poggiola just few Km from Pistoia the feeling of freshness,the scent of sweet fruits,lots of memories about those who did this before us in the countryside since centuries….our origins come from the ground and this is our traditional way of making wine:our grangrandparents did this way and … More Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet
“A Settembre l’uva è matura e il fico pende” this is an old farmers’ saying = in Septmber grape is mature & fig hangs…this morning I had the proof this is trally true !in Pistoia’s countryside lots of sweet grape & figs ! My breakfast was made of this fantastic & organic fruits👏👏 Many hands … More Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!
Yesterday evening I visited the 48th edition of this wine event called “Festa del vino”: Montecarlo is such an amazing small village between Pistoia & Lucca known especially for its white wine but also for the red one . Unfortunately not many tourists know this rich terroire of wineyards …hope with this post it can … More Montecarlo di Lucca : a wine hamlet in Tuscany – wine festival until September 8th!
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 wonderful location just close to my home in Sardinia : flowers, fabulous food & fresh air ! An excellent white wine a Vermentino from Gallura that is in the north of the island where I am . This wine is so sweet & delicate but strong at tge same time…I was drunk after … More Sardegna : a typical dinner with seafood
Wonderful view eyes open over this landscape A perfect silence around us no cars no people just birds the green of the vineyards the olive trees orange old stones for a typical farmhouse hills made of clay… called ‘balze’ Badia San Giusto overlooking the valley an unreal atmosphere but it’s here it’s Tuscany in … More A Tuscan wine tasting in a farmhouse with a view on the ‘balze’ – Volterra
http://www.caffenewyork.it If you are a coffee lover or simply a coffee addicted you can’t miss this roastery’s experience. Open & run by the same family since 1930 in Montecatini Terme ( 15 km from Pistoia ) & now settled in Pistoia , opened its doors to me & my clients to show us how to … More MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany
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!
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
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
Not only Chianti area , not only a red red wine but also a rosè one…not only Chianti in Tuscany exists! let’s have a look at this enchanting location the Pisa area..& yes, Pisa is not only the leaning tower🍷🍷🍷🍸🍸🍸😂😂😂 This a big estate where you can taste many different kind of wines : … More My Tuscany’s tale : wine tasting ,not only Chianti region exists
You know …..I love old historical cafes ! I am always writing about them beacause I like them for their atmosphere & location ( usually in the city center) , their products ( usually top quality ones) & sometimes for the views too. this just in a very lively square called Praça da Figueira www.cofeitarianacional.com has … More My Lisbon : since 1829 an historical charming cafè with a view
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!
Please don’t ️️miss ️it ️when in London : everything you can desire is Here ! Fashion shops,beauty shops, food, parfums ,drink, Theatre, cafes , restaurants,market,street artists ,live music, happenings , champagne, chocolate, teashop & …..people of any kind & colour , children That can run as in a small town’s Church square without cars In … More London to me : Covent Garden a small Beautiful world
Not only ️great tasty food but also a stunning view over Moneglia’s bay…and a real EXPERIENCE of good Italian food! Not Just a huge choice of wines from all over Italy but also a friendly staff with Edoardo in The kitchen & Letizia , his wife, following ️our dinner step by step … La … More An authentic food experience in an Italian Restaurant with a view
Florence at night is shining as a real gem This is Spini – Feroni ‘s palace in its magnificence🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 in Santa Trinita Square. Il Borro tuscan Bistro is on The Arno riverside , same building of Ferragamo’s headquarter ( Old Beautiful historical palace Spini -Feroni ) an elegant & typical Tuscan bistrot can offer you … More The fab 4 F : #Florence – #Ferragamo – #Food – #Fashion !
Dove : a Pistoia Presso : Ass.Culturale Il Funaro in via del Funaro ,16 http://www.ilfunaro.org Quando : domani 3 febbraio ore 21:00 – 22:30 primo incontro , (gli altri si terranno sempre di lunedì ) A cadenza settimanale , 8 lezioni con professionisti esperti di bon ton , portamento, cura e immagine personale , galateo … More Made in Pistoia : Il corso di Galateo & Lifestyle
http://www.thequinhotel.com The Quin Hotel in New York means the Quintessence not the Queen… but , anyway, it is close to be a real queen in the huge choice of New York hotels. Stayed there for 4 nights last July for my birthday and I loved it: staregiacal position just few steps from Central Park and … More The Quin Hotel in New York, N.Y.
Last Sarurday I had The pleasure to be one Of The tasters Of The New Opening small barrels by Marini Estate , Just in The surrounding hills Of Pistoia. ‘Vin santo è…. ‘ = It is Vinsanto ! Is The name if this event created by Marini to celebrate The Opening Of The barrels. … More MadeinPistoia – Vinsanto : a Tuscany a precious godness’ nectar for humans
Here we are in Pistoia , my town , rich in typical local producers such as Giuseppe Marini http://www.marinifarm.it. His delicious VinSanto is a MUST not only for Tuscany but even abroad . Winner Of many awards it is a family run farm in the outskirts Of Pistoia producing Extra virgin oil, jellies wine, jams … More MadeinPistoia – How Tuscan grapes become VinSanto #dessertwine
Just great First quality seafood in a small cosy location under the Old walls that surrounding Pistoia’s City center. A young & elegant atmosphere suitable for louncheon & for romantic dinners , leading by a family who has been involved in this sector since many years , providing eccellent fresh seafood cusine . The young … More Pistoia New opening: ‘Il Cucciolo’ seafood Restaurant
When I saw The villa & the garden I thought : I am part Of a painting ! when you think or dream about Tuscany I am sure you should have this view only on your mind. The location is so beautiful and so lovely you Wouldn’t want to leave it… The owners ~ Moreno … More Montechiari Estate top wines in Montecarlo , Tuscany!
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!
Milkeria in Firenze Borgo degli Albizi 87R ( just close to The Bargello museum , in The city center) Last Saturday I had the pleasure to meet my friend Paul from Sydney in Florence & decided to try this brand new ice cream shop in The heart Of town. ‘Organic’ is the word you can … More La MILKERIA : organic original Italian ice cream in Florence ~Tuscany
Villa Giorgia ~ Albergo in collina ~ Many years ago , when I was a child ,’Albergo ‘ is the way my grandfather used to call an hotel . Nowadays finding this exclusive 3 star Albergo on Pistoia’s hills it has been a great discovery as it offers a wonderful view on my town , … More Pistoia – Villa Giorgia , a charming hotel with a view
Just at the world’s end on the Northern coast overlooking the bay , the lighthouse of Capo Testa a stunning landscape Sea Lounge Restaurant bar Cala Spinosa welcomes you with typical seafood dishes dj set live music at night cocktails and Sardinian Ichnusa beer just open this summer it is a romantic and trendy stop … More Sardinia island: my’pills of heaven’ Cala Spinosa Sea Lounge bar with stunning view
Dinner by the sea a terrace on the beach perfect silence only cicadas’ and waves’ sound friends’ voices wind in the hair cold champagne & chablis Sardinian beer fresh fish from the deep blue sea sunset as an orange light for our table full immersion in a simple lovely life this Sardinia, what else?