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!
Less restrictions in Italy post lockdown, freedom no more masks outside, museums are open, no border among Italian regions anymore … More Here Pistoia – Tuscany – Italy Phase #3 started!
Open market in Pistoia Tuscany Italy re start restart reopen life is back , people are back in the streets shopping and fun in town , another sign of hope … More Open market in Pistoia is back after lockdown !
be happy we are alive … More Be happy, you are alive!
No dead people, no sick people, no people in the intensive sector : in Pistoia Tuscany Italy today the Covid19 is no more among us ! Let’s hope it’s a new rebirth a restart for everyone … More A day to be remembered:no sick people,no dead,no infected in Pistoia,Tuscany,Italy
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
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
Feelings about after lockdown , freedom or grotto syndrome? … More Pistoia, Tuscany,Italy May 18th 2020 no more lockdown !
How is the perception of yourself with a mask on your face? I have to tell you that this made a great difference to me. I was thinking about the Italian saying : put you face on it ! It means you sign something with your personality, your own mark . This is not more … More How ,just a mask,can change your own perception
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
No more dead people from Corona virus , Covid19 in Pistoia, Tuscany , Italy : no new infected : a great hope, great news so happy don’t stop dreaming we shall overcome! … More No new dead , no new infected people : here is Pistoia , Tuscany , Italy – May 5th 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
Uffizi museum is my home: feelings about Uffizi Gallery in Florence, love it , miss it , dreaming about Uffizi! … More A look inside the Uffizi Gallery
Remember Florence, its beauties and its crowded streets … More Remembering Florence with love
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
Warning : coronavirus is very dangerous , don’t understimate it!
Follow the Chinese example : stay at home , isolation is the bes remedy … More I'm sorry,I apologize: Italy is in blockdown now
Italy is safe Tuscany is safe Pistoia Florence are safe visit Italy we are not the virus we are stronger than it! Don’t worry we are safe ! Book your holiday in Italy … More Italy is SAFE, Tuscany is safe, Florence is safe!Pistoia is safe!
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!
Curiosity about my birthplace : Pistoia a hidden gem in Tuscany … More Pistoia: a hidden gem in Tuscany and its curious streets’ names
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
This is my first commandment since I was ten years old. Sardinia took my heart away soooo many years ago and still nowadays I can’t miss one summer without its clean and emerald sea and I love it not only because of this : its coasts are so beautiful and each one is different from … More Sardinia: you shall have no other seas before me!
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
What a great, sunny day in Torcello island with a fab group of American and English people sharing excellent food in a relaxing ,charming and historical location such as Locanda Cipriani ! Antipasto di astice was so delicious with the perfect Bellini cocktail ( just invented in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani owner of the renowned … More Locanda Cipriani : a must in Venice
What about having a taste of France in piazza della Santissima Annunziata in Florence? Not just food but even scented soaps ,parfums, herbal infusions , clothes , lovely hats, table cloths and much more. As soon as I ‘ve been arrived in the piazza suddenly I felt like being in France but on the back … More A bite of France in Florence
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
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
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!
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!
Have you read ” Elephants in the garden ” by Kuki Gallmann? I did , many years ago & loved it very much for the great ability of the author to describe her beloved Africa, her second home . So it comes so easy to my mind this book’s title when I saw wild boars … More Wild boars in the garden – Sardinia Mon Amour
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
What a great coincidence : Pistoia has been crowned Italy’s capital of culture in 2017 & just in this year , Bar Nazionale celebrates 50 years of activity! Run by the same family with the same kindness , with the same smile from 5:30 in the morning ( very hard to smile at that time … More Pistoia : happy 50th anniversary Bar Nazionale !