Florence cultural tours with yummy stops in harvest time

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

“Wine windows” in Florence: one just re-open!

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!

Berberè in Florence : an authentic Italian pizza in the heart of Florence

If you are in Florence you can’t miss the Basilica of Santa Croce , the Pazzi chapel and of course all the nice shops in the nearby, especially http://www.aquaflorfirenze.com in Borgo Santa Croce no.6 a lovely shop where you could find the best room fragrances, parfums and luxury soaps to bring home as gifts for … More Berberè in Florence : an authentic Italian pizza in the heart of Florence

An amazing studio in the heart of Florence : a jump in the Renaissance

http://www.imosaicidilastrucci.it What a coincidence : about a month ago a gemmologist from Pistoia , Lucia Gori , told me about this place in Firenze . Two days ago a friend of mine Carmen , native from Canarie island but living in Florence since long time, brought me here and I immediately recognized the name engraved … More An amazing studio in the heart of Florence : a jump in the Renaissance

Easter time : it’s Colomba sweet time in Italy!

Have you ever tasted Colomba Pasquale ( Easter dove in English )? Not yet? Here follows some photos I took on the ‘backstage’ of Fratelli Lunardi bakery in Quarrata – Pistoia – http://www.fratellilunardi.it This special kind of soft pastry needs many rising hours to be ready for the oven in this case the Lunardi brothers … More Easter time : it’s Colomba sweet time in Italy!

A typical  Italian – freak – market in Florence

Love markets like this : full of nice stalls with organic food & aromatic herbs coming from the  countryside full of different kind of people, a real melting pot !any kind of food fresh straight from the producers , hard   hands & tanned faces so different from the citizen ones   I love the feeling they … More A typical  Italian – freak – market in Florence

Pistoia : Vinicio Polidori an artist with a special touch 

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 

Where to stay in Florence & feeling part of the History : Relais Santa Croce ~ Baglioni hotels ~

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 ~

Celebrating  300 years of Chianti Classico  wine 🍷: 1716 September 25th  & today 🍷2016

Yesterday I was strolling  in the Florence city center & I’ve heard a drum sound …so I stopped:  I thought it was like being in another century … then I saw a police woman on a  horse & lots of people standing at the border of the  Calzaiuoli street that leads to Piazza della Signoria … More Celebrating  300 years of Chianti Classico  wine 🍷: 1716 September 25th  & today 🍷2016

A room with a view in Florence, wherever else?

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?

Nomination : a shining lady  behind an Italian leader  jewels brand     

http://www.nomination.it I have had the great pleasure to meet Monica Tiozzo  – the Nomination president – during an happy hour in Pistoia planned by TO BE DONNA  -an entrepeneurs’ women association of Confcommercio –  to present her new book titled : ”How  to be  a mother, a wife and yourself as well as a president … More Nomination : a shining lady  behind an Italian leader  jewels brand     

MadeinFlorence : Manetti , edible gold to enrich your Christmas dishes

Not just  arts & fashion in Florence, it is also a city worldwide renowed   for its goldsmiths shops on the Ponte Vecchio , the small artisans studios & also this kind of gold :genuine 23 kt gold  & genuine silver  available in flakes ( yes as corn flakes😂😂) crumbs ,powder &  leaves  to be … More MadeinFlorence : Manetti , edible gold to enrich your Christmas dishes

Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake 

Pistoia is located 30 km from Florence & surrounded by hills & mountains filled with chestnuts trees, that’s why at the present they are full of these seasonal fruits that I really love! In the past chestnut  trees were called : “bread trees” , just because from these small versatiles  fruits  – colesterol free  + … More Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake 

Firenze : “House of excellences” top quality temporary mall  

In an historical beautiful  palace that was the Florence Court , now hosts an exibition related to the Expo 2015 with Florentine excellent handcrafted products. Free entrance for a stunning location with different kind of items , from necklaces in leather  to chocolate , shoes & much more, enjoy 😍😍😍😍                          … More Firenze : “House of excellences” top quality temporary mall  

Florence :  Elisabeth Barret Browning house museum – love story &  poems, an Italian life

Finally after many years I was able to visit this special museum I ‘ve only seen on internet . Such a great emotion to discover Elisabeth ‘s books, fornitures & letters, her bed & seeing frim the same  view she could see from her balcony😍😍😍 The great love for her husband , the poet Robert … More Florence :  Elisabeth Barret Browning house museum – love story &  poems, an Italian life

Firenze by mouth : VOLUME an original setting for a tasty stop

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

Florian café : not just in Venice but in Florence too!

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!

Made in Tuscany : 200 years of Toscano cigar celebrated with ‘Toscanello’

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’

Slowfood Galway , Ireland , visited & tasted Pistoia ‘s flavours with me

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

Pistoia ,a hidden gem in Tuscany: John Ruskin loved (& wrote )about this Church

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

Pistoia : hidden gem’s treasure in Tuscany 

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 

 Bags  by Gherardini & Braccialini  ~ made in Italy ~ in Florence , Tuscany  

Winter is going to end & I need sun 🌞🌞 & New spring colours , no more Just black ! Have a ️Look  ️to this Great choice The New Collection with brighter colours to celebrate ️many many years of bags’ production …since 1885 in The Italian fashion  Market offering light & Nice shapes purses for … More  Bags  by Gherardini & Braccialini  ~ made in Italy ~ in Florence , Tuscany  

The fab 4 F :  #Florence – #Ferragamo  – #Food – #Fashion !

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 !

Immagine Italia & Co. – Florence – Lingerie,underwear & homewear opens in 3 days!

Just 3 day left to the  8th edition of Immagine Italia & Co. http://www.immagineitalia.org  the international fair dedicated to the preview collections of underwear, homewear and lingerie. In the stunning setting of  Florence by Fortezza da Basso , from  Friday  6th  to Sunday  8th . Over 200 brands on show, among the most prestigious ones … More Immagine Italia & Co. – Florence – Lingerie,underwear & homewear opens in 3 days!