Since more than 40 years I have been stopping in Livorno just to leave it , yes by boat , direction…Sardinia island. Never a walk , never a look around , never some time to shopping or seeing its streets , its buildings : it has been since ever just an harbour to me, not … More Tuscany : Livorno, not just a port but a charming city
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
What a great Sunday yesterday ! Some months ago I had the pleasure to meet a foodblogger from Prato – Stefania Storai www.minaelesuericette.ifood.it & she invited me to this event in Prato called : Pastamadre day , litteraly in English could be “mother dough “: the name is easly understanding , because it is from … More Prato & PastaMadreDay : sourdough for homemade bread & focaccia
Very easy to make with a real yummy taste : have it for a quick lunch with friends or your family . It’s a nice way to make just one meal in a short time & make your guests smile 😄or at least it what’s happened to me today☺️🙃 In the fridge you should have: … More Friday it’s perfect for a seafood carbonara, ever tried?
In Tuscany we love pork meat , in every possible way! Even raw pork sausages are delicious just spreading them on a Tuscan unsalted slice of bread….ever tried? if not yet ,you SHOULD ! Just buy FRESH ones handmade by one of our ‘norcino’ ( a particular butcher who deals with pork meat only ) … More How to eat a fresh pork sausage for a tasty aperitivo!
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!
TRATTORIA MEGABONO Via Ser Lapo Mazzei ,20 PRATO -TUSCANY – ITALY PHONE +393385950477 http://www.facebookcom/Megabono Had the pleasure to be invited to dine by this small restaurant ( just 20 seats ) in the city center of Prato just close to the City Hall square in occasion of a BlogTour planned & lead by Armando Alibrandi … More Megabono : a typical Tuscan trattoria in Prato
www.osterialecentobuche.it Just outside the city center there is an original location for a restaurant it was until 1995 a wool factory ( Prato in fact it is a very renowned texile district near Florence)belonging to the Abatoni family since the XIII Century and then to the monks of San Fabiano . It is so beautiful … More Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche
This time in Rome I wanted to visit the old ghetto near Campo dè Fiori & just close to the nice Isola Tiberina . I had in my memory the deep yellow/orange colour of the Jewish quarter I saw in a beautiful film of some years ago titled : “La finestra di fronte ” by … More Eating in Rome as Romans do since 1923 …
Usually I do not eat where I sleep but in this case it’s a must. http://www.estrobar.com it’s the Abitart hotel restaurant & I loved it! The location is so beautiful: many original paintings on the walls & such a great food experience , really unmissable. Prices are also fine to be in a such fashionable location … More Where to eat in Rome?
One of my best tour ever is made in Liguria with American & Australian clients! First thing we learned to make was ….PESTO!!! and I still can feel the pressed basil’s scent in the air…amazing experience indeed you can forget faces,people,places but not smells! Everybody was so excited to start a new … More Cooking class in Liguria : how to make Pesto alla genovese
Not just a modern & original 4 star hotel designed by an architect who loves modern art but the people….amazing!! so welcoming ,such a great stay by www.abitarthotel.com & its restaurant too. Art is the main ingredient in this place : everywhere you could see masterpieces & the atmophere is very relaxing , not too modern … More Where to stay in Rome?
Sooo many tasty things to try here! Loved this typical Roman restaurant where my good friends invited me last week for dinner just near Piramide quarter . Ever tried ‘ carbonara with artichokes’ ?DELICIOUS! & what about ‘Abbacchio alla Romana’ lambs meat cooked in a very good way with aromatic light sauce & a tender … More Rome it’s a city 4 foodies : Cotto & Magnato a typical trattoria
I was missing this place! Finally I was back last week & enjoyed every corner of it, every stall, every colour! So crowed in the morning & so many different kind od fruits & vegetables & the puntarelle to be shipped in vacum too! It made me think to Florence the nice & pittoresque San … More Roma : Campo dè Fiori & its colours
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?
Another time in Greve for me but the first one for my American group : to see the triangular shaped square, this time with no tourists – except us – as at the beginning of March is still low season and just because of this , more lovely as a typical Tuscan hamlet where to … More Tuscany : Greve in Chianti & the Tuscan navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano
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!
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
My father from Thailand just phoned me to tell me they are prepearing special sweets for today….my friend from London wrote me this morning about a kind of pancakes they are making today and so….what about here in Pistoia?? We are making FRITTELLE DI RISO in a very traditional way , as my grandgrandmother did … More MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!
As my grandmother Gina used to make with me, now it was time 4 me with my daughter Francesca! From my old receipes’ book ( a bit dirty, sorry ! I know, but it is also full of good memories & I don’t want to have any new other one but …THIS!!) . Different names … More This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival
Have a look to this old & noble private palace – Palazzo Caluri in the past – now offers rooms , suites & apartments for everyone who loves to live a special Tuscan experience in the city center of my birthplace, Pistoia. Love the name “locanda ” as it is what was been called … More Pistoia : a lovely old palace where to stay if you wish to visit my city
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!
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!
You know, Sardinia is my second home & I love it in a deep ,true , visceral way : as you love a good friend you don’t see very often & you miss so much. I love it not just for its natural stunning beauties ,not only for the sincere & fantastic people living there, … More Sardinia island :perfect for food lovers
In a restaurant that is called ‘locanda’ with some rooms upstairs where you could stay for the night, as it was used when horses carriages were travelling in this street that still leads to Florence from Pistoia . Loved the place ( belonging to the same family since 1600 & with the same pourpose : … More A Tuscan Sunday lunch with truffle
Saturday morning is the busiest day of the week : crowded of people a many Italians don’t work & mist of all it is market day . This morning wanted to show you how appears my city seen from the market’s teints . A deep blue sky was helped a lot , a great frame … More Pistoia : my city seen from the markets teints
In Pistoia since two days & until this evening you can visit this chocolate kermesse ! So many different kind of handcrafted chocolate producers – made in Italy – in different shapes, tastes & colours & consistence ( as the liquid tiepid chocolate to be sipped with a spoon as it is not … More MadeinPistoia : Chocomoments, a sweetness celebration
What about getting married in Tuscany? Not just the happiness to celebrate & seal a great love but also to have the chance to be part of one of the most dreamed region in the world where everyone would like to see & stay once in a life time ! So no more … More MadeinPistoia : getting married in Tuscany!
Busy women, yes, but who wish to eat good , healthy & most of all ….tasty ! without spending hours cooking😁 So let’s see how to make a good risotto with few simple ingredients & in about 30 minutes only👍👍 The kind of rice you use is so important ! it has to be good … More I don’t wanna be Masterchef : easy risotto’s receipe for busy women
Sunday before Christmas in Florence is usually very crowded but … over the river Arno it’s another atmosphere! This is what I saw yesterday : a nice small market with different kind of products , from food to flowers to clothes : piazza Santo Spirito with its church & trees made me feel as … More Florence : Christmas market in Santo Spirito
From 23rd of September till October 2nd 2016 together with Victoria de Maio – blogger, tour leader ,travel consultant ,writer and newly published author from USA – and Molly Mcllwrath licensed Florence tour guide ( included among other guides all over the world as one of the worlds best tour guides !) I am proud … More Let’s discover Tuscany together !
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
Have you ever seen them before?Me neither since some years ago! They are a traditional dish from the northern part of Tuscany on the Ligurian border and of Liguria . Big round shaped made of white flour and water, cooked on the fire as necci (special sweets made with cestnut flour) to be cut in … More Testaroli with pesto sauce : a different kind of pasta
Ever tried it with pears or feoia? or fresh fennel? I tried it with some quincy +ginger jam ( homemade by myself ) & fresh rawsberries…it is really fantastic!!! Such a tasty pairing with these kind of cheese that I really love! It can be served as a starter, as a main dish or at … More Gorgonzola cheese : great pairing with fruits!
Ever visited a farmhouse in Tuscany? In this post you can visit one of them:located on Pistoia’s hills it is a so called “didactic farm” as it opens its door to children & adults to show & teach how to make cow cheese, put the hand into the milk & press the fresh cream, see … More A true rural experience in a typical Tuscan farmhouse
Yes, did you know this? Not only superb wines , lovely landscapes , art & architecture but also a real sweet valley made of maitres chocolatiers! In Pistoia, Prato, Firenze and Pisa we can offer a huge choice of this delicious product: the best ingredients, the most original mix of dried fruits, spirits , wine … More Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!
How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind, similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host for the Church , from her they took their name. They are … More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂
Ever seen before? ever tried? A typical product from this thermal city in Tuscany that is Montecatini Terme, just 15km from Pistoia. Loved them since I was a child : simply as they are or together with ice cream, vin santo dessert wine or an espresso coffee or hot chocolate ….😋😋😋 They are made of … More MadeinPistoia : cialde di Montecatini Terme ( Pistoia’s district thermal city)
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
Many foreign people that I met during the years have never heard about it! It’s just an easy & healthy way of eating raw vegetables dipping them in extra virgin olive oil 😋😋😋 from our Tuscan hills ( this was another present from Valeria ❤️💋thank you soo much! pressed yesterday evening & straight away … More Pinzimonio: what is it? how to taste just pressed extra virgin olive oil at its best!