My best wishes for a peaceful Christmas with your family & friends for a very happy relaxing day! Here some of my photos I took by Chiesa del Carmine in Pistoia – that is not open to public usually – but for this special exibition with handmade original Nativities made with different materials even recycled … More Buon Natale from Pistoia !
I love my birtplace Pistoia, as a part of myself, althought I wanted to escape from her when I was young as I thought it was too small , too NOT open mind for the big dreams I had..after many years I fell in love with her just because I have been so fortunate … More Why Pistoia ? my interview to American expats who decided to live here.
Imagine a group of beautiful ladies from the States – headed by my dear friend Suzanne Stavinoha Waltz – sharing a stunning typical Tuscan villa “under the Tuscan sun” , on a green hilltop , in the countryside of Chianti area : amazing view, great landscape , vines & olives groves around it , aromatic … More Cooking class & sweet memories in a Chianti Tuscan villa
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
In Viareggio , a coastal summer location, just 40 minutes driving from my birthplace , Pistoia , I just saw these beautiful windows& thought of you, my friends abroad , that cannot see what on fashion here in Tuscany at the present & so………now you could see them through my photos ! Same trend … More Windows shopping in Viareggio!
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!
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
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!
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 better way to start a summer day than leaving our men on the beach & go to the market for some shopping & chats ? Nothing! So many original things on these stalls just in the small heart of , San Pantaleo , a village on the Emerald coast . During the summer … More Sardinia : shopping & fun ( for ladies only !)at the seaside market
A lovely home a tasty food good friends stunning sundown whatelse? ah flowers ! A great happy hour to end a fab day! Enjoy 😉👍 <a href="https://
You don’t need many things to feel free & enjoy life here! That’s what I really like of this place : no make up ! just at night maybe if you go to dance or to a special dinner no shoes ! just slippers, sandals or better ….bare feet no elegant dresses ! just casual … More Sardinia : the free life of living in an island
Just nature everywhere: sea, beach, rocks, sand,trees,flowers and stones…a deep blue sky , some good old friends and that’s it ! Simply everything you can ask to your vacations : a solitary beach with your family and best friends. Love this island for its wind, its scented trees, its original stones & rocks , its … More Sardegna : on a solitary beach …
Looking for a cooler location where to have a good lunch & chats with my friends Rossella & Francesca we drove about 45 minutes on the Pistoia’s mountains direction ….Pavana! Just next door to the Zummo trattoria there is the Savigni butcher shop http://www.savigni.comwho provides great hams, salami & charchuterie .Pairing these delicious meats … More Pistoia’s hills : lunch by Zummo cheese house & much more…
A wonderful time in Pistoia yesterday night : from 9 :00 pm until over midnight all the shops showed their clothes & items outside the door on the street & celebrate the sales’ beginning! Some shops were so beautiful, live music in the street & lots of people enjoying shopping & fresher night air 😍😍😍 … More Pistoia : an exaordinary shopping night for sales !
A perfect Sunday lunch on a terrace with old good friends pairing with tasty & beautiful dishes prepeared by a passionate young chef, Alessandro , who worked in my beloved London & in Australia before landing in Pistoia. A special comment on a liver patè that is my favourite , both for its taste & … More Pistoia’s restaurant : Il carbonile ~ quality & passion
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!
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
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
Interesting Typical Italian experience trying to learn ️how to cook Italian way & then eat it👍👍😉😉 Hands at work together with eyes & nose to smell every scent & catching each secret … For Italians eating is an important thing a Special moment We love to share with others ….not Just ONLY food but meeting … More Cooking class in Italy with me
Not only food………Sometimes we have the time to shop & have fun ( if we can still fit the same size after all our tastings😬😬😬) ️here I am with Sonja & Brenda owners Of http://www.mondo-organics.com.au Let’s see How much they Love Italian fashion with an authentic Italian personal shopper as me 😉😉 !
Sunday Morning Today A Different athmosphere over the Arno river : Santo Spirito area Friends Colours Food Spritz White wine A sunny square with trees As a small Place des Vosges Parisienne Families Children Happiness Joy Sun Birds & fountain Church & restaurants Everything is Ready for us To be enjoyed We are hanging on … More Aperitivo in Florence :TAMERÓ diladdarno – Santo Spirito
Here we are in The heart Of Tuscany The so called Renaissance cradle A brand New EATALY is Open You could see The Giotto’s tower bell from The top floor , it is in fact located in an old building That hosted in The past a big bookshop Smaller compared to Rome sister I visited … More EATALY IN FLORENCE NEW OPENING
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?
Coffee is a MUST after such a big lunch in Tuscany! This is a creamy one roasted in Pistoia by Caffè York http://www.caffenewyork.it since 1930. Tuscan cigars are also a Tuscan production and The compositor Giacomo Puccini ( La Bohème opera) used to smoke them too. You could see How is easy to use just … More Cup of coffee and Tuscan cigar are a must after an Italian lunch!
Yesterday I was invited for lunch by a couple of good friends of mine living just outside Pistoia,in the countryside, just few kilomethres from where I live. First of all I have to tell you that I love them a lot,Anna & Nicola – the couple – have a son who has the same age … More Have a look to a typical Tuscan Sunday lunch
I did this mind of Brownies filled with a mascarpone cheese cream : it was really delicious and very very creamy ! The Tiramisu Made by another guest was superb : light and tasty not too sweeted was The best end Of The lunch😍👍👍👏👏👏 A flûte Of Brachetto ( sweet sparkling Italian wine) was a … More Tuscan lunch by friends
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
Here are My friends so you can see their faces ( so satisfied and relaxed ) after Such a big meal !!!
From Savigni butchery an excellent Cinta Senese pork fillet steak stew with Marsala wine & fresh orange juice: a melody on your toungue… Fagioli di Sorana are white beans with a very light peel: a small quantity is producted from a area near Pescia ( Pistoia) and they are also a Special Product ‘protected’ by … More Arista with Orange & Marsala
Non restare a piangere sulla mia tomba. Non sono lì, non dormo. Sono mille venti che soffiano. Sono la scintilla diamante sulla neve. Sono la luce del sole sul grano maturo. Sono la pioggerellina d’autunno. Quando ti svegli nella quiete del mattino… Sono le stelle che brillano la notte. Non restare a piangere sulla mia … More Non restare a piangere..
He takes away a piece of you a deep sense of an empty space inside myself now a whole town is crying around a family all memories & feelings can’t be cancelled with death