Let’s re start from the hairdresser & feeling beautiful again!

During the quarantine I have read somewhere that one person can get depressed by not putting on makeup and in my opinion I would like to add that it starts even when you are not having your hair done! Since before the lockdown I couldn’t have time to go to the hairdresser: here in Italy … More Let’s re start from the hairdresser & feeling beautiful again!

A message of hope after lockdown from Pistoia Tuscany Italy … More

Here Florence, Tuscany, Italy : May 21st 2020 Boboli Gardens re- open to public

Goodmorning everybody, I am so happy that I am crying of joy writing this post : such a great good news I am going to tell you: after 10 weeks of closure due to the Covid19 finally a museum re-open and this is a very good sign! No matter if we will not have any … More Here Florence, Tuscany, Italy : May 21st 2020 Boboli Gardens re- open to public

Even Churches re-open after lockdown in Pistoia, Tuscany,Italy

What a great emotion seeing the Church door open after so many days of lockdown! Finally we can go back to a Church and pray and most of all being able to take part to the celebrations. Of course even here there are the same restrictions we have in restaurants,cafes and open spaces : one … More Even Churches re-open after lockdown in Pistoia, Tuscany,Italy

A generous gesture from New York to Pistoia

My good friend Sylvia Zarr from New York decided to donate pizzas and a typical American dessert homemade “brownies” to the nurses of the new Covid19 department located in the city center of Pistoia in Via della Crocetta. Sylvia ordered them through my husband restaurant pizzeria in Pistoia, Il Pollo d’oro. I went personally to … More A generous gesture from New York to Pistoia

Here Tuscany – Italy – our second phase after lockdown May 4th 2020

Here we are! Another step , a small one , but it’s something : since yesterday we can see our relatives or partners or fiancés living close to us but only if they stay in the same region of Italy. Of course always wearing masks and keep the distance of at least more than one … More Here Tuscany – Italy – our second phase after lockdown May 4th 2020

Lesson from the past : self isolation is the best antidote against the new plague Covit19

The Spanish flu of 1918 in Cunnigan in Colorado as an example for us in Italy and in the world to fight to Covid19 Corona Virus : self isolation , stay at home , stay safe follow the lesson coming from the past … More Lesson from the past : self isolation is the best antidote against the new plague Covit19

Depression remedies are written on the Uffizi ceilings!

Can you believe it? I discovered this on the Levant corridor of the Uffizi Gallery. Have you ever heard about this particular kind of paintings called ” Grottesques ” ? The name takes origin from Nerone’s Domus Aurea parietal paintings discovered  in Rome in 1480 and visited  by the most preminent artists of that time … More Depression remedies are written on the Uffizi ceilings!

Florence cultural tours with yummy stops in harvest time

September it’s harvest time in Tuscany so in this period of the year we can find by bakery a special sweet focaccia made with grapes called : schiacciata con l’uva ; just simple ingredients but very very yummy : ideal for breakfast or as a cake for a tasty snack . This could be your … More Florence cultural tours with yummy stops in harvest time

Summer colors of Pistoia : sun is here,on our food market today

Buongiorno from my birthplace, Pistoia! This morning I after having visited the clothes market that as I wrote in another post of some time ago, it is on Wednesday’s & on Saturday’s in the main square of Pistoia since the Middle Age, I took a walk at the vegetable market on the “Piazza de La … More Summer colors of Pistoia : sun is here,on our food market today

A museum about lies:ever heard?It exists and it is on Pistoia’s mountains

I am pretty sure you have heard about Pinocchio, one of the most worldwide known lier with his long long nose and the theme park dedicated to him that is near Pistoia – in Pescia – but have you ever heard about a museum of lie? It exists and it is just twenty minutes driving … More A museum about lies:ever heard?It exists and it is on Pistoia’s mountains

Pistoia : in Italy today we celebrate Carabinieri institution since 1814

You can’t imagine how times foreign people in the last past years asked me : what is a carabiniere? This morning I have had the pleasure and the honor to be invited to the annual celebration of this important and historical institution founded in 1814 by Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy – King of Italy … More Pistoia : in Italy today we celebrate Carabinieri institution since 1814

Easter time : it’s Colomba sweet time in Italy!

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!

A typical  Italian – freak – market in Florence

Love markets like this : full of nice stalls with organic food & aromatic herbs coming from the  countryside full of different kind of people, a real melting pot !any kind of food fresh straight from the producers , hard   hands & tanned faces so different from the citizen ones   I love the feeling they … More A typical  Italian – freak – market in Florence

Pistoia : Domenicans library ~ another old library just restored 

Last Saturday I’ve been invited by one of the two architects who projected the restoration of this beautiful old library , Antonella Galli , to the new opening . Another old library in the heart of Pistoia , at the disposal to Pistoia’s people , open three days a week but previous reservation even in … More Pistoia : Domenicans library ~ another old library just restored 

Pistoia : the old Fabroniana library since 1726

I’m sure you can’t imagine how many libraries Pistoia has ! This is such a great location in the heart of Pistoia : open just twice a week  ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays morning . You can find more info here https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblioteca_Fabroniana Cardinal Carlo Agostino Fabroni was the founder & still today after so many centuries you … More Pistoia : the old Fabroniana library since 1726

Made in Pistoia :  embroidery museum  & the precious Tuscan stitch 

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 

Pistoia &  “Il Funaro”a special space/place for artists

Pistoia reveals hidden gems behind its doors or its gates , as in this case. http://www.ilfunaro.org Il Funaro is an indipendent cultural center founded in 20o9 by four women : passion for theatre leads them to renovate this forgotten ,ruined building – from which the street takes its  name too,  Via del Funaro – that … More Pistoia &  “Il Funaro”a special space/place for artists

To be a working woman in Italy : a business speed date to meet other women – Confcommercio Pistoia & Prato together

Have you ever took part to a speed date? For me it has been my first time last Thursday evening & I’m sure it will not be the last one!  Not to know a new man for a love story but a business “one-to-one” meeting of just 3 minutes each to introduce ourselves to another … More To be a working woman in Italy : a business speed date to meet other women – Confcommercio Pistoia & Prato together

Pistoia : Vinicio Polidori an artist with a special touch 

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