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
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
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!
Pistoia & its territory , especially in Casale & Casalguidi area, have been considered since the 17th century a centre of excellence and top quality handmade embroidery first made by convents & enclosed orders for the ecclesiastic pomp and later for noble families . The “Whitework” it is how they call this kind of embroidery … More Made in Pistoia : embroidery museum & the precious Tuscan stitch
Ever tried ‘croccante’ ? It’s an onomatopoeic word thst sounds like ‘crock’ & in fact it crocks under your theeth! When I was a child I was used to have it during the traditional Carnival in Pistoia ,when the street food trucks were coming to town & spread all over a yummy smell of caramelized … More Made in Pistoia : how to make croccante
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
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!
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 !
Have been invited to visit this Pistoia’s beautiful reality from a French client I met in my husband restaurant . So funny to get in touch with a Pistoia’s factory through a foreign !Mr Jacques du Mulin is ELLEMME ‘s agent for France since more than 20 years so he knows very well this factory … More MadeInPistoia: EllEmme , since 1968 Italian quality knitwear factory
Agriturismo Gallura by Pieruccio is located on the way to Paradise costal few kilometer from Santa Teresa di Gallura. Just open in June but with a glorious past: Pieruccio open it in another location where we used to go almost every week in the past years when we wished to taste the real Sardinian specialities: … More Typical Sardinian dinner
One of my best friend , Chiara , who knows me so well since ever, talked me about a special place I had to see : GARTEN3 www.garten3.it in the outskirts of Pistoia, Quarrata city. Of course ,she was right : GARTEN3 is located in the main square of this town & on the same corner … More Gelaterie Garten 3 : a corner of sweetness!
If a wine tasting in Chianti is a must ,after having seen these photos , you definetely discover another must see & of course you will want to stop by Nora Kravis to visit her by www.chianticashmere.com so that this becomes another must! Just 3 Km from Radda in Chianti you will find all this …& … More Chianti it is not only wine…even cashmere!
Titled : “Le sentinelle della memoria : giocattoli di un’altra epoca” A private toys collection a free open to public in occasion of “Dialoghi sull’uomo 2016 festival” in Pistoia , just in her own palace – Palazzo dè Rossi – belonged to this young collector’s family : Paola dè Rossi, that was one of the … More Pistoia : a private collection of old dolls & Pinocchio
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
Shoes are one of my passions since I was a child : my father was a footwear agent for the export market so I’ve had the chance to smell , see , touch & try many samples : from ballerinas to high heel pumps , sandals, boots, mules ….all of them made in Italy , … More MAASAI PROJECT sandals & bags by Pikolinos in Florence
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
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!
My interesting walking tour in Genova stopped not only by a bakery to taste focaccia genovese but also here : by a fresh handmade pasta maker : PASTA FRESCA FABIO & ALESSIA run by two brothers that run this family business in the historical center (have a look to the ceilings :old afrescoes overlooking the … More Fresh pasta made in Genoa ~ Ligurian style !
…even prêt à porter clothes created by Tiziana, stylist & designer , with great beautiful colours with light materials for the up coming spring & summertime! Run by two sisters , Tiziana & Carmen , this atelier was opened about 40 years ago by their mother Grazia , producing top quality handmade dresses “alta moda … More Not only wedding dresses by Sidoti Moda in Genoa …
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?
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
Can’t believe it? Yes,it’s true! I had the honour to stay at the left side of the Pope, couldn’t talk to him but I could touch him …he was so tall & imponent ! I can tell you it has been such an amazing experience meeting him in Pistoia by www.salvadoriarte.it ,such a great surprise indeed & … More MadeinPistoia : guess who? Pope Francesco & me!
When I was a student this was my library & it was the only one in Pistoia .forteguerriana.comune.pistoia.it All the past generations have studied here surronded by these old shelves full of handmade old books & some of them also written by hands! Founded in 1473 after the Cardinal Niccoló Forteguerri ‘s death who decided … More Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.
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!
When Valentine day is going to come my husband never knows what I ‘d love to receive so I thought I have to start a bit earlier to look for something special and original to suggest him to buy for me . Some days ago a good friend of mine from New York sent me … More Some uncommon ideas for your Valentine
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
I couldn’t believe it was possible to create such an amazing, original Nativity with just common things as expired food , dried leaves,tea bags,seeds,eggs’ shells ,wahnuts ,garlic flowers used as small trees, old jumpers used as mountains , expired white flour as snow , pistaches’shells, plastic pins, orange zeist ? It has been a … More MadeinPistoia : an amazing eco-friendly Presepe (Nativity)
Just started in Pistoia an exibition of Nativities : handmade by students of the primary schools and by adults with a great passion for using different materials to create special settings. From stones to a terracotta’s pot , even an old style bike as a special place where to born! Fantasy is a must here👍👏👏👏 … More MadeinPistoia : it’s Nativities time , the most original handmade ones!
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)
Pistoia is not only art & architecture , greenhouses & stunning landscapes but you can also find …fashion ! http://www.icashmerissimi.com produces beautiful & soft jumpers , gilets ,capes & scarfs, gloves , socks hats all made of cachemire, or silk & cachemire in fashionable multicolours both for women & men. Visited the outlet in the Pistoia’s … More MadeinPistoia : multicolour cachemire made in Tuscany
As you know Sardinia is my second home in summer time since more than 40 years but I hadn’t ever been in this special hotel before : just in the heart of Sardinia & surrounding by a gorgeous wild nature that fascinated me soooo much! Words can’t describe as beautiful it is & neither photos … More Su Gologone : a fantastic experience hotel with a unique charming atmosphere & a real Sardinian style!
Ever been inside a laboratory & see how they make your tasty breakfast pastries? that’s what I did in my town,Pistoia, last morning : visited one of my fav patisserie but ,this time , on the “backstage”as I used to call it 😉the other side of the moon 🌝🌚maybe I should say ,where you can … More Portrait of a pastry : ever seen how to make a “pain aux raisins”in a patisserie?
If you need an elegant , classy location but at the same time a warm, welcoming place where to eat with your family or friends , for a business luncheon or dinner to sign an agreement or to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary , this is the best place in town , since 1926 … More Pistoia: Ristorante Rafanelli a must for traditional Tuscan specialities & great wines🍷🍷🍸🍸
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 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
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
A perfect restaurant pizzeria for pizza lovers (wood fire ) and every kind of Tuscan food, from pasta to seafood and homemade desserts , big mix salads and Tuscan beer made in a small brewery , tagliata meat steak , original starters with Parmigiano mousse and creamy buffalo mozzarella and many more options ! Just … More Pistoia :il Pollo d’Oro since 1963 a family run Pizzeria ,same location, same top quality!
An unforgettable sensorial experience that includes smell , taste & sight : visiting a small family run cheese factory on Pistoia’s hill. A slow food product called :’raw milk pecorino cheese ‘ entirely made with sheep milk not boiled, to preserve the aroma & the proprieties of the fresh milk . Hand made , organic … More MadeinPistoia : ever tasted warm ricotta cheese just made by a real shepherd ?
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