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
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
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!
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
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..
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?
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
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
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 ~
Pistoia is a nice small city with Etruscan origins…. continue reading here on this interesting portal ….enjoy! http://www.menuale.it/blog/dove-mangio/il-pollo-doro–una-garanzia-da-piu-di-50-anni.aspx
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
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
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
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!!
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
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
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 ~
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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 !
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 ~ !
On Pistoia’s hills , in the heart of Tuscany, a special kind Of pecorino hand made entirely with full raw milk only, by a family : Tondini Maria – the grandma , Graziano – the son , Daniele – the grandson, in the pict the little lamb with Graziano…
Run by a family – Vinicio & Graziella , Silvia their daughter, this butchery is well known in Pistoia since 1967. Used to go there with my gandmother to buy the best meat in town and – of course – the best fresh home made sausages.. The secret is , as usual, the top quality … More MadeinPistoia: a family business : making fresh sausages
What a sweet memory! The scent of this ricotta – still warm – is still in my mind and in my nose.. 3 spoons to try it : two for my English friends Fiona&Adrian from london & one for me. same plate to share the same experience
Can you see the colour and can you smell the scent? It’s a real unique experience to taste it on Tuscan bread without salt , just few simple precious elements only. The pureness of genuine ingredients.
This is an original secret receipe hand it down from one mother superior to another. Dated back to the XII century it is composed by a mix of herbal infusion . It is a strengthening liqueur with a very percentage of alchol. Do you remember the Pinocchio’s tale? When Pinocchio arrived – almost dead – … More MadeinPistoia: ROSOLIO MADE BY NUNS
What a colour! What a taste! What a special kind of marmelade entirely hand made with no preservatives, no clourings following an old receipe of the Bendectines’ tradition .