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
When you are in Florence you can’t miss this museum : in a stunning location ( that reminded me the Victoria & Albert Museum in London ) you could find all the original statues of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral façade and the original Baptistery ‘s doors by Ghiberti and Brunelleschi – with just … More Firenze : Il Grande Museo del Duomo, bellissimo!
Yes, we can , we can change . Pistoia just voted for a new mayor but this is not the of only news , the real news is the change that this is means . Pistoia has always been a so called “red city” for about 70 years but since 2017 June 25th it changed … More A brand new mayor for Pistoia & an historical change
Yesterday I had the best experience of relaxation in a stunning original location : in the longest hypogeous path in Tuscany ,maestro Iuri Ricci – a skilled musical therapist & musician – played for us , a small group of people, his beautiful Tibetan bells . The sound was fantastic & the good vibrations … More Pistoia : the longest hypogeous in Tuscany & Tibetan harmonia
As promised to my blogger friend Yvonne who visited Pistoia some months ago & asked me the meaning & the belonging to two cots of arms she found in Pistoia during her walks , here it is the first she met : Cancellieri family one of the most powerful family of Pistoia since 1200 . … More Pistoia : cots of arms of noble families from Pistoia
http://www.bookclubintuscany.com/ How you can resist to all this? Everythinng you can wish is included here : book,📖travel, food 🍝🍕, wine, 🍷 great company 👭👭 day trips 🚗🚗 , shopping 👠👒💄👢 tastings , a lovely villa 🏡🏡where to stay , cooking class 🍳🍅 , historical palaces, city tours , Tuscan landscapes …whatelse??? My good friend Suzanne … More Do you like read & travel?this is just 4 you : an amazing tour in Tuscany !
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 ~
If you are travelling in Tuscany don ‘t miss the Leonardo da Vinci birthplace . Not all foreigns know that “da Vinci ” in Italian means “from Vinci ” & it is a small village near Pistoia ~ MY birthplace 😉😄 ~ surrounded by beautiful olive grooves & wineyards, lovely farmhouses where to stop … More Leonardo da Vinci was born here!
Are you interested in knowing more about the Medici family ? Do you think you have read enough about it on guides & on history books ? or maybe you just heard about this surname but you didn’t really know what this family really represented for Florence & its prestigious heritage! I think you will … More Florence & the Medici Dynasty Show
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!
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 …
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?
You can think you are at ‘La Scala’ theatre , as it is just a minature of it ! but you are in Pistoia, in a small but beautiful city in the Northen Tuscany just 30 km from the district capital, Firenze . Dated 1694 first it was called : “teatro dei Risvegliati ” … More Pistoia : Manzoni theatre ,a real jewel in the city’s heart
Everything now is high speed , everybody is running but how was looking a city without cars? By the biggest library in Tuscany – that is in Pistoia – wwww.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it – until the end of January you could see an old collection of postcards from Pistoia & its district with empty streets , just people walking ….cam’t … More Pistoia : a low speed city, an exibition of old greetings cards without cars…
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 !
Cannot find better words to describe my town , Pistoia , than those used by the American journalist , Barbara Jones , that I had the pleasure to meet in 2008 . She wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News and in her article she describes so well the city and its beauties … More Pistoia : a medieval,hidden gem,in Tuscany
“A Settembre l’uva è matura e il fico pende” this is an old farmers’ saying = in Septmber grape is mature & fig hangs…this morning I had the proof this is trally true !in Pistoia’s countryside lots of sweet grape & figs ! My breakfast was made of this fantastic & organic fruits👏👏 Many hands … More Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!
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”
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 …
Cannot resist to stop immaginating how can be the daily life behind the big doors & old gates : old buildings with an history , a prestigious past lived with noble duties & privileges … Nowadays how could be the life of people living inside these historical palaces? Just imagine the insides as I do … More Firenze : old portals & gates
http://www.caffenewyork.it If you are a coffee lover or simply a coffee addicted you can’t miss this roastery’s experience. Open & run by the same family since 1930 in Montecatini Terme ( 15 km from Pistoia ) & now settled in Pistoia , opened its doors to me & my clients to show us how to … More MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany
Just some shots from Some shots from The Bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena in The main square of Pistoia : stunning view from a beautiful palace for The oldest Bank in The world : founded in 1472.
Did you know Stefanie Meyer wrote her bestseller imaging Volterra before visiting it ? It was in her mind , in her immagination whike she was writing , then she saw a picture of Priori’s square & recognized it as the perfect real setting for her story So probably the beauty of this place was … More Volterra : do you remember Twilight New Moon ?here it is ,Volturi ‘s sewer cover!
I am going to tell you the story of ….. ….once upon a time there was a Tuscan girl who dreamt about living abroad & leave her small town for a big metropolis , as London, forgetting about her past & starting a new life far away from her birthplace… 30 years later this girl … More My Tuscany’s Tale: Volterra & 50 shades of green
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
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
An interesting little book written by Sandra Ristoro – expert in Etruscan archeology and Gilberto Stanghini – grower in Pistoia and member of http://www.vivaistipistoiesi.it – was presented to 30 journalists invited to Pistoia for a press tour visiting our greenhouses and of course olives plantations. It contains beautiful photos about olive tree ‘s origins … More A book about olive trees in Tuscany : mythology & history
Pisa & its Symbol : The tower ! Pisa & its tourists ,Pisa & The souvenirs’ stalls Lucca smaller & closed sound its old walls , Lucca with a Roman Anphiteater & its small shops … Enjoy !br />
Just back from a Saturdsy Morning into The green , sun , roses , peonia , scented lemon & statues , lakes & grotto! All in one place : Pitti palace gardens , Boboli & then a visit to Bardini’s garden . One only ticket to visit both and fill your eyes , nose , … More Ever visited Boboli garden in Florence? Medici’s spirit is still in the air
Dated back to The longobard era ( VII century ) The monastry hosted Bendectine nuns since 1090 and The church had with a very relevant importance for The town Of Pistoia. In a very beautiful painting titled ‘The mistic wedding ‘ The Badessa Of The convent used to welcome The New Bishop of Pistoia in … More A mystic wedding in San Piermaggiore Church in Pistoia
La Mediterranèe – Paris Quartier Latin Tables available outside to see the sunset in front of historical monuments and just few steps away from les Jardin du Luxemburg, a cosy athmoshere inside with soft lights and mostly French clients. The menù cover is original with Cocteau drawings , The menù Inside is quite Interesting not … More Paris , France : Seafood Restaurant with an history
If you travel in Tuscany – and for sure you will stop in Florence – do not miss this museum cafè in Piazza della Signoria , just behind the Palazzo Vecchio. An interesting permanent but always in changing exibition of bags from the beginning of the Guccio Gucci’s first boutique in Florence to fab dresses … More FLORENCE GUCCI MUSEUM , A MUST