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 

Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany , Italy’s capital of culture in 2017!

Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course! ( or  maybe…. just for this ?) not only because it is crowned  Italy’s capital of culture in 2017  but first of all for its geographic position in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany , Italy’s capital of culture in 2017!

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.

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 : what to do on Wednsday? market here ,with food & clothes

Just a walk in my city on Wednsday or on Saturday morning to see an example of real Tuscan life in its streets! Not just food stalls but clothes too & a nice cup of cappuccino for a chat with a good friend from Ireland who chose to live in my birthplace ❤️😍☕️☕️  Enjoy my … More Pistoia : what to do on Wednsday? market here ,with food & clothes

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

MadeinTuscany :a school of life in a greenhouse with a grandpa

A very intetesting  experience in this greenhouse near the Tuscan coast – few Km from Viareggio –  with many plants , of course ( they are focused on eucalyptus ornamental  trees that they export them even abroad)  but during the summer time it becomes a different kindergarden with a special  teacher of 80 years old … More MadeinTuscany :a school of life in a greenhouse with a grandpa

Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course!  ( or  maybe…. just fot this?😂😜) first of all for its location in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a stretegical basis  between North & South  : the actual Duomo square became in … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Sardinia’s heart : Orgosolo , no seaside… but murales!

Have you ever heard about this part of Sardinia island? It is just in the middle of the island near the beautiful town of  Nuoro and  Cala Gonone,  on  the  coast with its  stunning clifts on the emerald sea. I’ve been here to visit a friend who lives here  and I loved Orgosolo , the … More Sardinia’s heart : Orgosolo , no seaside… but murales!

MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!

My grand-grandmother Inès   used to prepear these at home during  autumn season when in Pistoia’s  countryside farmers killed pigs to make sausages,ham,ciccioli,salame & ….these original kind of crêpes made of pig’s blood . In Italy we have a saying : “del maiale non si butta niente! ” in English :We use all parts of … More MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!

Visit & taste the highlights of Tuscany with this tour ( & with me 👍😉🍷)

I have the pleasure to announce you this fab tour for the next spring 👍😉 A great Italian experience with lots of food, wine , art , shopping & of course …..fun! I will be one of the local hosts & will be happy to share my beautiful region with you. Have a look to … More Visit & taste the highlights of Tuscany with this tour ( & with me 👍😉🍷)

Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 

“MOlino”  is the word we use to say mill in Tuscany “MUlino “is the correct Italian word😉 So, yesterday I was in an old mOlino  for lunch looking for fresh air & a cooler temperature as in the city it is too hot this summer😁🌴🌴☀️☀️☀️ The food was so good & the location just over … More Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 

Florence :  Elisabeth Barret Browning house museum – love story &  poems, an Italian life

Finally after many years I was able to visit this special museum I ‘ve only seen on internet . Such a great emotion to discover Elisabeth ‘s books, fornitures & letters, her bed & seeing frim the same  view she could see from her balcony😍😍😍 The great love for her husband , the poet Robert … More Florence :  Elisabeth Barret Browning house museum – love story &  poems, an Italian life

Florence stadium : Tiziano Ferro concert & his gay pride

Some friends, some food ( of course! ) some drink, a lot of music & fun & people of every age around us : teens , as my daugther ( that was there too arrived 7 hours 😱😱😱before the beginning with her friends) & middle age people,as us😊😊 http://www.tizianoferro.com Tiziano Ferro is a young Italian … More Florence stadium : Tiziano Ferro concert & his gay pride

Pistoia : a curious hamlet called “The sayings’ village ” 

Never been in this place before : just 30 minutes driving from Pistoia’s     center  and it is another world! no shops, no supermarket, no school, no hotel ( just  an only b&b called Il ghiro = the loir 👍😉) no police station, no post office , no wi fi , but …. a … More Pistoia : a curious hamlet called “The sayings’ village ” 

London to me

You know I love this city as I could love a friend or a man or a mother who gives you life Love it because it is a shining gem Inside myself It knocks every day at ️my heart’s door and I answer Yes, here I am Here you are Nothing changes if nothing changes … More London to me

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 dinner in #Sardinia : #agriturismo di mare = #seafood agriturismo with delicious #Vermentino wine😉😉

Surrounded by bougainvillae had fab dinner last night : agriturismo di mare! Never been before but for Sure to be repeated 👍👍 Very tasty seafood starting with lardo & bottarga on pane carasau ( delicious!) , Venere rice with octopus, ravioli with cernia fish & fregola with crab ( really excellent!) The location is near … More A dinner in #Sardinia : #agriturismo di mare = #seafood agriturismo with delicious #Vermentino wine😉😉

Aperitivo in Florence :TAMERÓ diladdarno – Santo Spirito

Sunday Morning Today A Different athmosphere over the Arno river : Santo Spirito area Friends Colours Food Spritz White wine A sunny square with trees As a small Place des Vosges Parisienne Families Children Happiness Joy Sun Birds & fountain Church & restaurants Everything is Ready for us To be enjoyed We are hanging on … More Aperitivo in Florence :TAMERÓ diladdarno – Santo Spirito