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

Made in Pistoia : morning in a Tuscan old  mill pressing olives 

Every November I really need to find an old mill to …smell the aroma of the new extra virgin olive oil ! I said “I need ” because without this sensorial deep experience I can’t start winter time :for me  it’s the easier  way to try to forget summer  time & live the autumn mood … More Made in Pistoia : morning in a Tuscan old  mill pressing olives 

MadeinPistoia : it’s Nativities time , the most original handmade ones!

Just started in Pistoia an exibition of Nativities : handmade by students of the primary schools and by adults with a great passion for using different materials to create special settings. From stones to a terracotta’s pot , even  an old style bike as a special place where to born! Fantasy is a must here👍👏👏👏 … More MadeinPistoia : it’s Nativities time , the most original handmade ones!

MadeinPistoia : multicolour cachemire made in Tuscany 

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 

Pistoia : Grand Cafè Le Damier , for a special cappuccino & more..

LE GRAN CAFE’ LE DAMIER – Via della Madonna,8 – Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy It is not a big bar as the name can suggest you, but on the contrary , it is a very intimate  cafè located in one of the most central street of Pistoia, Tuscany , italy. Run by a very charming young … More Pistoia : Grand Cafè Le Damier , for a special cappuccino & more..

MadeinPistoia : ever seen a painting with a scarf?

Monica Bonechi’s solo exibition by http://www.sanroccoagriturismo.it in Pistoia makes paintings with embrodery & Special stitching ispired by music notes …a fantastic world made with coloured Damask designer coming out from The canvas as a scarf , cool!! Beautiful Tuscan Landscape with warm shades & sinuos cypresses . An Interesting exibition in a Lovely setting : … More MadeinPistoia : ever seen a painting with a scarf?

MadeinPistoia : Fratelli Lunardi bakers since 1966

Biscuits but not Just These…..️many other tasty products coming from their oven! Starting as a simple bakery Lunardi brothers developped The shop introducing delicatessen from all over Italy plus a huge choice from almond biscuits , focaccia , different kind Of bread, cakes and handmade panettone for Christmas , Colomba fir Easter and so in … More MadeinPistoia : Fratelli Lunardi bakers since 1966

MadeinPistoia : Pasta maker , Giuseppe Chelucci since 1912

Another family run business on The hills around Pistoia overlooking a river as fresh water is an important ingredient to make an excellent pasta! Now you could see Inside The small factory That produce pasta since more Than 100 years & you could even meet The founder Of it , Giuseppe’s mother now more Than … More MadeinPistoia : Pasta maker , Giuseppe Chelucci since 1912

MadeinPistoia : New York caffè since 1930 ~ Roasting coffee ~

Another historical family run business in Pistoia. A coffee Roastery in The middle of The town , aromas are all around The factory ️when they are roasting The beans coming from abroad. Italian coffee is famous worldwide because Of The Special way The green beans are roasted & blended not because it is a Country … More MadeinPistoia : New York caffè since 1930 ~ Roasting coffee ~

Made in Pistoia : handmade biscuits & cakes by Guarducci

Meeting Chiara Guarducci & her patner Franca in their workshop is a pleasure for all senses . For eyes : yellow almond biscuits , chocolate cookies, hearted shape fruits & jam cakes ,a soft multicolour setting ! For nose : sweet old memories reminded me when I ️was a child & my grandmother used to … More Made in Pistoia : handmade biscuits & cakes by Guarducci

MadeinPistoia – Vinsanto : a Tuscany a precious godness’ nectar for humans

Last Sarurday I had The pleasure to be one Of The tasters Of The New Opening small barrels by Marini Estate , Just in The surrounding hills Of Pistoia. ‘Vin santo è….   ‘ =  It is Vinsanto ! Is The name if this event created by Marini to celebrate The Opening Of The barrels. … More MadeinPistoia – Vinsanto : a Tuscany a precious godness’ nectar for humans

MadeinPistoia – Chelucci :#Pasta maker since 1912 in #Pistoia

Another excellent producer in my birth place , Pistoia. More Than 100 years dedicated to produce the best pasta with eggs or with spelt or with hard weat Semolina from Italy . All products are slowly worked & passed through traditional bronze plates so the surface can better absorbe the sauce ! A passionate a … More MadeinPistoia – Chelucci :#Pasta maker since 1912 in #Pistoia

MadeinPistoia – La Molina #Chocolate made in #Tuscany : a top quality one!!

Yes! The best chocolate is Made in Italy & in Tuscany in the so called ‘Chocolate valley ‘,  in the nearby  my birthplace, Pistoia. Founded in 2000 La Molina is an Italian niche producer Of very high quality chocolate with a Special regard to the artistic packaging. You could find it even in my beloved … More MadeinPistoia – La Molina #Chocolate made in #Tuscany : a top quality one!!

MadeinPistoia – How Tuscan grapes become VinSanto #dessertwine

Here we are in Pistoia , my town , rich in typical local producers such as Giuseppe Marini http://www.marinifarm.it. His delicious VinSanto is a MUST not only for Tuscany but even abroad . Winner Of many awards it is a family run farm in the outskirts Of Pistoia producing Extra virgin oil, jellies wine, jams … More MadeinPistoia – How Tuscan grapes become VinSanto #dessertwine

#sotsart : a masterpiece MadeinPistoia by Alexander Kosolapov

In My previous post I introduced you The work in progress Of This big and tall sculpture : handmade in a foundry in Pistoia ( http://www.salvadoriarte.it) with The hard job Of The artist & an amazing cooperation with a team Of expert Italian people, after one year I can show you The masterpiece ready to … More #sotsart : a masterpiece MadeinPistoia by Alexander Kosolapov

MadeinPistoia : Un filo di #pasta : tradition & innovation made in Pistoia ~ Italy ~

First pasta’s celebration presented by an historical local producer & two machineries industries in Pistoia ! A stunning setting by the courtyard Of the old Court ( still in use – at present time – for the same purpose since the Renaissance period ) crowded by lot Of interested & curious people came from all … More MadeinPistoia : Un filo di #pasta : tradition & innovation made in Pistoia ~ Italy ~

MadeinPistoia:agricoltural highschool ” IPSAA DE FRANCESCHI”o

In a sunny September morn I visited this beautiful highschool garden full of  fruits’ trees & corn fields , biggest black berries ever seen , plums , giuggiole , apples , wahlnuts  and pears The atmosphere is unreal : just outside the historical city center of my birthplace, Pistoia, this highschool ,focused on agricolture & envirronment classes … More MadeinPistoia:agricoltural highschool ” IPSAA DE FRANCESCHI”o

MadeinPistoia : Corsini – Confetti di Pistoia ~ Sugared-coated sweets

A Special product typical Of My town , Pistoia! Something so Good, so original with a lot Of history you have to taste once in your life! I visited Bruno Corsini Opened in 1918 and still producing these Special kind Of confetti used to celebrate important occasions Such as baptism , first communion, weddings, graduations … More MadeinPistoia : Corsini – Confetti di Pistoia ~ Sugared-coated sweets

MadeinPistoia : a temporary park with real grass&trees in town! #uapc #uapc2014

Last weekend in Pistoia we had a Real grass pavement on The old stones Of “la sala” , a little square in The heart of The town That hosts The daily vegetable & fruit market . Lots Of people enjoyed This New park Having picnic on The grass, meeting friends & living in The green … More MadeinPistoia : a temporary park with real grass&trees in town! #uapc #uapc2014

MadeinPistoia: a typical Tuscan food experience at LA TOSCANA IN BOCCA

First edition Of http://www.latoscanainbocca.it in Pistoia ! Located just close to The biggest library Of Tuscany, (www.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it )in The ex Breda area , called “la cattedrale ” ( The cathedral ). Open from 11 am until 11 pm : starting from breakfast with warm bread straight from The oven , until dinner time & more.. … More MadeinPistoia: a typical Tuscan food experience at LA TOSCANA IN BOCCA

MadeinPistoia – Chocolate valley in Tuscany : Slitti maître chocolatier

Here I am today : by Andrea Slitti chocolate & coffee boutique in Monsummano Terme , 10 km from Pistoia. http://www.slitti.it Andrea Slitti is a maître chocolatier from Tuscany : since 1988 won lots of prestigious prizes in The most renowned international & National contests . Lovely Easter’s Windows & gorgeous chocolate eggs , any … More MadeinPistoia – Chocolate valley in Tuscany : Slitti maître chocolatier

A mystic wedding in San Piermaggiore Church in Pistoia

Dated back to The longobard era ( VII century ) The monastry hosted Bendectine nuns since 1090 and The church had with a very relevant importance for The town Of Pistoia. In a very beautiful painting titled ‘The mistic wedding ‘ The Badessa Of The convent used to welcome The New Bishop of Pistoia in … More A mystic wedding in San Piermaggiore Church in Pistoia

MadeinPistoia – UFIP EARCREATED CYMBALS Factory in Tuscany!

In My town ,Pistoia, Where The Etruscans started making metal percussions instruments as early as 500 B.C. , still nowadays UFIP ( That in Italian stands for Join Italian Cymbals Makers)is producing them since 1931. The heirs Of Tronci & Biasei families are running the foundry That produces entirely handcrafted professional cymbals. Very famous composers … More MadeinPistoia – UFIP EARCREATED CYMBALS Factory in Tuscany!

MadeinPistoia : San Bartolomeo children’s party in the streets

Today in Pistoia ( small town near Florence ) we celebrate Saint Bartolomeo martyr. He is the patron Saint Of children so since I was a child I remember this day Of commemoration as a very happy one: streets around San Bartolomeo’s Church are full Of food & toys stalls with lots if sweets and … More MadeinPistoia : San Bartolomeo children’s party in the streets

MadeinPistoia : ‘Vestire il paesaggio’ International meeting on landscape designers

Pistoia hosted This Interesting international meeting about nursery industry in an esclusive location : just on The Pistoia’s hills , in Tuscany , called convento di Giaccherino founded in 1414. http://www.conventodigiaccherino.it Since I was a child I have heard from my grandfather that a small community of Franciscan monks lived here surrounding by a wonderful … More MadeinPistoia : ‘Vestire il paesaggio’ International meeting on landscape designers

MadeinPistoia : visiting some of the greenhouses’ industry

Last week I had the pleasure to visit some nurseries in the suburb of Pistoia in occasion of the international meeting ‘Vestire il paesaggio’ http://www.vestireilpaesaggio.provincia.pistoia.it about floriculture & nurseries in Pistoia area . My passionate guide was Gilberto Stanghini – vice president of the nursery industry association – who showed our group , (which was … More MadeinPistoia : visiting some of the greenhouses’ industry

MadeinPistoia :the first nursery park in Europe

A small town as Pistoia , squeezes between Florence & Lucca since ever , has the honour to host the first Europe’s nurserypark ,thanks to The Vannucci family Who since 1938 ~ this is The third generation now headed by Vannino Vannucci ( a middle age handsome gentleman ) ~ produces and exports ‘green’ worldwide … More MadeinPistoia :the first nursery park in Europe

MadeinPistoia : Pistoia the capital of the green !

Maybe not everybody knows that Pistoia, my birthplace , is the capital of green! Yes, we export thousand of plants every year to create the best private and public garden of the WORLD! Here follows an extrat from a very interesting book written by Francesca Bardelli about the history of the nursery industry in Pistoia: … More MadeinPistoia : Pistoia the capital of the green !

Made in Pistoia : best cappuccino on earth ~ it is in Tuscany ~ !

I love cappuccino as most of Italians love coffee : I’m a cappuccino adicted but …. 1.Must have a very thick foam or I don’t drink it 2.must be with fresh full caw milk 3.must be really warm 4.must be in a large ceramic cup not in glass I Found The best cappuccino with all … More Made in Pistoia : best cappuccino on earth ~ it is in Tuscany ~ !