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
This is my first commandment since I was ten years old. Sardinia took my heart away soooo many years ago and still nowadays I can’t miss one summer without its clean and emerald sea and I love it not only because of this : its coasts are so beautiful and each one is different from … More Sardinia: you shall have no other seas before me!
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!
Buongiorno from my birthplace, Pistoia! This morning I after having visited the clothes market that as I wrote in another post of some time ago, it is on Wednesday’s & on Saturday’s in the main square of Pistoia since the Middle Age, I took a walk at the vegetable market on the “Piazza de La … More Summer colors of Pistoia : sun is here,on our food market today
Have you ever heard about “scole” ? In Italian it sounds like “scuola – scola ” = school in English but it has nothing to do with this . When I was telling about how tasty they were to my friends living just 10 km from Pistoia , they told me they have never heard … More A special sweet , yummy roll from Pistoia!
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
Yesterday I visited this enchanting location just on the border of a public park where I used to go when I was a child , Piazza d’Armi. With the Pistoia’s Instagrammer group & the FAI young volounteers ( Fondo Ambiente Italiano – )we visited this fourtess dated fourtheen century that hosted in different … More Pistoia : Santa Barbara’s Fortress ,a Tuscan highline over the city!
This is Meleto castle www.castellomeleto.it in the Chianti district & of course the symbol of the Chianti Classico , the black rooster , was on the bottles we opened & tasted! The castle dates back Middle Age & the Ricasoli ‘s family owned it for many years,at the present the property has changed . There is … More Tasting Tuscan Chianti wine in a castle dated 1256!
By ristorante La Ruota near Moneglia http://www.laruotamoneglia.it we had a great food experience: starting with a glass of Prosecco everything comes sooo easy for everybody !even the most difficult receipe!👏👏👏 Edoardo , the owner – chef , was so nice & funny to explain his receipes & so we had a lot of fun , … More Cooking class with porcini mushrooms & ..a glass of Prosecco in your hand!
What a better way to end a long first working week after summer holidays ? Have pizza with friends by Il Pollo d’Oro pizzeria & restaurant , since 1962 on your service! http://www.ilpollodoro.com Pizza is a full meal you can have for every occasion – including breakfast ! – a way to share a very … More On Friday night a Pizza is a must!
Just few kilometres from my summer house there is one of my favourite beach : Vignola when it’s very windy – and it happens very frequently – we drive until here and …. we can find a flat sea & no wind! Some houses are just on the beach and the landscape from them is … More Sardinia : Vignola , a beach with an old tower
Where do you try shoes at the market ? on the floor , of course! Usually on a piece of paper so the soles will stay clean 👍😉 So funny to try a pair of shoes in the street! Everybody can watch at you( as I did this morning & took some picts without been … More Pistoia market : shoes & bare feet
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
Surrounded by bougainvillae had fab dinner last night : agriturismo di mare! Never been before but for Sure to be repeated 👍👍 Very tasty seafood starting with lardo & bottarga on pane carasau ( delicious!) , Venere rice with octopus, ravioli with cernia fish & fregola with crab ( really excellent!) The location is near … More A dinner in #Sardinia : #agriturismo di mare = #seafood agriturismo with delicious #Vermentino wine😉😉
Maybe I have already told you I have been studying in Lucca about 30 yrs ago & This is a Special place to me ❤️❤️❤️ A sunny day in Lucca can make feel as being in a cosy nest ( piazza Anfiteatro ) free as fresh air ( walking on The old walls) being a … More Strolling in Lucca with sunshine!
Just on the historical via degli Orafi ( goldsmiths street ) of Pistoia a new ice cream shop opened last Saturday ! Creamy Stick ice cream and sorbets . Hand made with fresh ingredients , gluten free & very very tasty for our summer days & nights in town . An ice cream to go … More Pistoia New opening: STICKHOUSE ice cream shop!
Something magical happens at night: lights reflecting on The river Seine Look like eyes Open in The dark , monuments & bridges have different shape and life seems so easy and smooth .. Paris at night is The title Of a nice poem by Jacques Prèvert : Trois allumettes une à une allumées dans la … More Paris at night : a movable feast
Love Paris for its streets with trees and shops : old& glam ones, patisseries as wisdom Of taste, old cafes as private sitting rooms Where you can breath The air Of past times.. you can see writers and models sipping tea and champagne listening to music as well as simple French people living there . … More Paris:place des Vosges ~ a square of charme
Last week was in Paris ~ France ~ and visited one of the most beautiful square of the city : place des Vosges. Under the arcades I visited Dammann Frères established in 1692 in Paris . Just in that year the King Louis XIV granted the exclusive privilege sale of tea to Mr Damame in … More Passion4 …tea in Paris!
A day in Florence with My friends :ladies only soooo….as you can imagine ~ or maybe NOT ~ lots of windows shopping, laughs , cappuccino, cakes, luncheon in a cool restaurant, shopping !!yes again , spending money not just looking 😜😜Walking a lot, talking too much about many subjects, never too tired never fed up … More Strolling in Florence with friends
Love this town love its streets & square each one reminds me a glorious past elegant,chic, simple and gorgeus at the same time just have a look and enjoy it with me