A hidden little treasure inside the old walls of Lucca dedicated to parfume , titled ” Il naso e la storia ” = the nose and the history. I discovered this original museum just last week walking as a tourist in a city that I love and that I know pretty well since I was … More A little scented treasure in the heart of Lucca
Curiosity about my birthplace : Pistoia a hidden gem in Tuscany … More Pistoia: a hidden gem in Tuscany and its curious streets’ names
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
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
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
My grand-grandmother Inès introduced me to these particular kind of food when I was a child. I didn’t know what they were made of and so I tasted them & loved them inmediately. Nowadays , as my daughter knows what they are made of , she doesn’t want to try them : she really can’t … More Migliacci pistoiesi : traditional crêpes made with pork blood (Made in Pistoia – Italy’s capital of culture 2017)
Have you ever heard about “scole” ? In Italian it sounds like “scuola – scola ” = school in English but it has nothing to do with this . When I was telling about how tasty they were to my friends living just 10 km from Pistoia , they told me they have never heard … More A special sweet , yummy roll from Pistoia!
Are you ready for the new year? As I already told you in my previous posts this upcoming year , 2017 , will be very important for my beautiful little town Pistoia and for me , of course , as I feel as being part of my birthplace. Just about 50 years ago nobody could … More Welcome 2017 & may all your dreams come true as these ones…
My best wishes for a peaceful Christmas with your family & friends for a very happy relaxing day! Here some of my photos I took by Chiesa del Carmine in Pistoia – that is not open to public usually – but for this special exibition with handmade original Nativities made with different materials even recycled … More Buon Natale from Pistoia !
This morning I was prepearing lasagne for tomorrow lunch to celebrate my daughter 18th birthday at home, and was thinking the importance of cooking for someone you love, thinking of her/him/them while you are doing this . Both my daughter & me decided to do it at home not just because it is the best … More Food & feelings about cooking
Yes, I miss London as a friend who lives far from me but who stays in my heart everyday, every moment of my life. London has a special place in my mind : live its big streets, its multicolour windows, its shops & its smells around different world’s cultures & kitchens ! Miss the curry … More Missing London in Christmas time
Goodmorning my friends ! It’s December 8th & in Italy it’s time to drees up the Christmas tree : it is an Italian tradition only? or even in your Countries is it the same ?Today offices are closed & shops open for Christmas presents. People are free from work & can enjoy a day off … More Pistoia dressed for Christmas 2016!
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.
Found a nice shop in Santa Teresa di Gallura with original items in a beautiful location …do you want to pop in with me? Please follow me😉👍😍👛👝👠
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
Here again after a long long ,busy year I can enjoy the same seaside & this marvellous sea, the granite marble big rocks 🌊☀️🌻🌴🌺meet my old friends from different regions & nations, tasting great food & excellent wines!🍾🦀🐠🐬🦂🌴🐚🌞🍷🍸🍹🍧☕️ This summer I have to add more memories to those I have collected in more than fourty … More Sardinia fascinates me !
One of my best friend , Chiara , who knows me so well since ever, talked me about a special place I had to see : GARTEN3 www.garten3.it in the outskirts of Pistoia, Quarrata city. Of course ,she was right : GARTEN3 is located in the main square of this town & on the same corner … More Gelaterie Garten 3 : a corner of sweetness!
If a wine tasting in Chianti is a must ,after having seen these photos , you definetely discover another must see & of course you will want to stop by Nora Kravis to visit her by www.chianticashmere.com so that this becomes another must! Just 3 Km from Radda in Chianti you will find all this …& … More Chianti it is not only wine…even cashmere!
What a wonderful idea travelling all women together in the Chianti countryside enjoying food,wine & lovely landscapes! This is one of my fav tour : ladies only …..💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 A stop in Greve in Chianti, for a beautiful & yummy cappuccino , a tour among hanging hams & salami by Falorni historical butchery, lunch by “Il … More Tour,lunch & shopping with Texan ladies in Chianti
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!
What a great Sunday yesterday ! Some months ago I had the pleasure to meet a foodblogger from Prato – Stefania Storai www.minaelesuericette.ifood.it & she invited me to this event in Prato called : Pastamadre day , litteraly in English could be “mother dough “: the name is easly understanding , because it is from … More Prato & PastaMadreDay : sourdough for homemade bread & focaccia
One of my best tour ever is made in Liguria with American & Australian clients! First thing we learned to make was ….PESTO!!! and I still can feel the pressed basil’s scent in the air…amazing experience indeed you can forget faces,people,places but not smells! Everybody was so excited to start a new … More Cooking class in Liguria : how to make Pesto alla genovese
Today ,February 14th we celebrate Valentine day , but why, I wonder? Who was this Saint? He was born in Terni, Italy , in 175 AD & became bishop of its birthplace very young , at just 21 years old & he was a martyr , persecuted as Christian . The origin … More San Valentino : Valentine Day in Italy & its origins
Can’t believe it? Yes,it’s true! I had the honour to stay at the left side of the Pope, couldn’t talk to him but I could touch him …he was so tall & imponent ! I can tell you it has been such an amazing experience meeting him in Pistoia by www.salvadoriarte.it ,such a great surprise indeed & … More MadeinPistoia : guess who? Pope Francesco & me!
As my grandmother Gina used to make with me, now it was time 4 me with my daughter Francesca! From my old receipes’ book ( a bit dirty, sorry ! I know, but it is also full of good memories & I don’t want to have any new other one but …THIS!!) . Different names … More This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival
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
When I was a student this was my library & it was the only one in Pistoia .forteguerriana.comune.pistoia.it All the past generations have studied here surronded by these old shelves full of handmade old books & some of them also written by hands! Founded in 1473 after the Cardinal Niccoló Forteguerri ‘s death who decided … More Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.
Live the literary life, Tuscan style! Yes, this will be my next tour in Tuscany : read the book , visit the setting! Brunelleschi’s Dome or Death in Florence, or Mona Lisa or Dan Brown’s Inferno….here they are now : are not only in your mind and fantasy but in the locations we will visit … More Book Club in Tuscany with …me!
In Pistoia since two days & until this evening you can visit this chocolate kermesse ! So many different kind of handcrafted chocolate producers – made in Italy – in different shapes, tastes & colours & consistence ( as the liquid tiepid chocolate to be sipped with a spoon as it is not … More MadeinPistoia : Chocomoments, a sweetness celebration
What about getting married in Tuscany? Not just the happiness to celebrate & seal a great love but also to have the chance to be part of one of the most dreamed region in the world where everyone would like to see & stay once in a life time ! So no more … More MadeinPistoia : getting married in Tuscany!
Sunday before Christmas in Florence is usually very crowded but … over the river Arno it’s another atmosphere! This is what I saw yesterday : a nice small market with different kind of products , from food to flowers to clothes : piazza Santo Spirito with its church & trees made me feel as … More Florence : Christmas market in Santo Spirito
Pistoia is not only art & architecture , greenhouses & stunning landscapes but you can also find …fashion ! http://www.icashmerissimi.com produces beautiful & soft jumpers , gilets ,capes & scarfs, gloves , socks hats all made of cachemire, or silk & cachemire in fashionable multicolours both for women & men. Visited the outlet in the Pistoia’s … More MadeinPistoia : multicolour cachemire made in Tuscany
I would like to ask you if you miss, sometime or very often ☺️, a city as much as I miss London. To me it is a kind of nostalghia or , as I learned in Portugal , the “saudade” a strange , deep feeling inside your stomac, in your heart growing every day a … More London to me : missing a city as a person,is it possible ?
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!
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!
If you need an elegant , classy location but at the same time a warm, welcoming place where to eat with your family or friends , for a business luncheon or dinner to sign an agreement or to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary , this is the best place in town , since 1926 … More Pistoia: Ristorante Rafanelli a must for traditional Tuscan specialities & great wines🍷🍷🍸🍸
“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 better way to end a long first working week after summer holidays ? Have pizza with friends by Il Pollo d’Oro pizzeria & restaurant , since 1962 on your service! http://www.ilpollodoro.com Pizza is a full meal you can have for every occasion – including breakfast ! – a way to share a very … More On Friday night a Pizza is a must!