Why  Pistoia ? my interview to American  expats who decided to live here.

 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.

Lucca & Pfanner Palace : feeling as a princess like Nicole Kidman!

Do you remember the film : “Portrait of a lady” directed by the great  Jane Campion  in 1996 with Nicole Kidman & John Malkovich? Some scenes have been played in this old palace in the heart of Lucca and finally it is open to public  & the magnificent garden too, so I could visit it … More Lucca & Pfanner Palace : feeling as a princess like Nicole Kidman!

Where to stay in Turin with class: Grand Hotel Sitea ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

http://www.grandhotelsitea.it What does it make your visit  in a new city an unforgettable & pleasent experience to be remembered forever ? In my opinion where you choose to stay is very important to determinate your first impression: the hotel or b&b or farmhouse ,becomes your home away from home for some nights & days  so … More Where to stay in Turin with class: Grand Hotel Sitea ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cooking class & sweet memories in a Chianti Tuscan villa 

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 

Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish

Ever heard about “farro” ? it’s an old  cereal used in the past on our mountains especially in the Lucca area , spelt in English. Since I was a child my grandmother told me about this special kind of “brown  rice “she tasted by her friends in the Garfagnana district. At those times – about … More Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish

Pistoia : a lovely old palace where to stay  if you wish to visit my city

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

MadeinPistoia : an amazing eco-friendly Presepe (Nativity)

     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)

Pan coi Santi  : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?

Every period of the year has its own typical food products & this is another one of these : called Pane dei Santi because in the past  it was produced at home of by bakers during the end of October , beginning of November ( at that time Halloween wasn’t yet arrived in Italy )to … More Pan coi Santi  : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?

MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been

A very very simple  Tuscan cake everybody can do : for a perfect home breakfast ,dipped  into hot milk or tea  ,or as an afternoon break with a cup of coffee or after dinner or lunch with a glass of Vinsanto ( dessert wine from Tuscany) so, it doesn’t have to be very soft because … More MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been

Sardinia : shopping & fun ( for ladies only !)at the seaside market

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

MadeinPistoia : ever tasted warm  ricotta  cheese just made by a real shepherd ?

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 ?

Pistoia : Agriturismo San Rocco, a Tuscan farmhouse 

A typical big countryhouse restored & divided in  flats in the outskirts of Pistoia , to host Italian & foreign people from everywhere . The owners  , avery  nice Tuscan couple, welcomes me opening the door of this beautiful house with  brend new  furnitures , handmade embrodery tapestry, every comforts including  air cond in each … More Pistoia : Agriturismo San Rocco, a Tuscan farmhouse 

Made in Tuscany : market on the Tuscan coast ,Lido di Camaiore – Versilia 

Just close the beach a huge display of clothes & home decors items & …bees. & organc honey from the local   mountains ,  Carrara marble comes from here , & lots of sun ☀️☀️ On Monday morning , every week of the year , enjoy!                                               

Old Camellias exibition  near Lucca , Tuscany

I had The pleasure to visit The 26th edition of Antiche camelie della Lucchesia www.camelielucchesia.it last week end. Old villas with Beautiful gardens with many different kind of multicolour Camellias , a Camellietum That is an area created to preserve & conserve pre-1900 cultivars, The only tea plantation in Italy : Camellias Sinensis producing a Very Special … More Old Camellias exibition  near Lucca , Tuscany

Forte dei Marmi ~ Tuscany~ fab & glam Shopping at The market

Pistoia is located in a stateglical place : about 50 km. From The coast on The beach & about 70 from The mountains Where We can sky.  I ️️was at this market  last Wednsday to Have a ️Look to The market located in The biggest square of The small village on The Tuscan cost. In … More Forte dei Marmi ~ Tuscany~ fab & glam Shopping at The market

Made in Pistoia : Il corso di Galateo & Lifestyle

Dove : a Pistoia Presso : Ass.Culturale Il Funaro in via del Funaro ,16 http://www.ilfunaro.org Quando : domani 3 febbraio ore 21:00 – 22:30 primo incontro , (gli altri si terranno sempre di lunedì ) A cadenza settimanale , 8 lezioni con professionisti esperti di bon ton , portamento, cura e immagine personale , galateo … More Made in Pistoia : Il corso di Galateo & Lifestyle

A Real Tuscan farmhouse producing wine & Organic EVO

Lisa welcomes you with a glass Of her wine : red Chianti from her wineyard Just behind her. Her grandfather & father started this passion 4 wine ,extravirgin olive oil & Vin Santo dessert wine ( That I love!😍❤️) many years ago when her grandfather bought this estate . Nowadays Lisa runs this beautiful Agriturismo … More A Real Tuscan farmhouse producing wine & Organic EVO

‘If you must love me, let it be for nought except for love’s sake only..’

If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love’s sake only. Do not say ‘I love her for her smile—her look—her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’— For these things in … More ‘If you must love me, let it be for nought except for love’s sake only..’

LONDON – HOME

Feeling at home Can’t tell you how much I feel comfortable when I land to London airport : it’s always like a ‘ welcome home’ for me!I could say I feel as London town would recognise me , my footprints on the pavement I smile, yes, while I am waiting for the passport controll I … More LONDON – HOME