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
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
With me, yes, you can! Visit a family run business with the owners , explaining their experience about the Chianina cows ( it is one of the best meat quality you can find in Tuscany) they started with just 3 animals & now they are almost 100 .Their passion for this job : to feed … More Made in Pistoia : ever visited a Tuscan farm with cows?
Oh yesssss!!👏👏👏👍👍👍🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🍾🍾🍾 So proud to be featured ( not me , my birthplace Pistoia but it is part of myself indeeed! ) in this worldwide renowned travel guide , the Lonely Planet!!! Seeing Pistoia in a list of the 10th must visit cities in the WORLD….close to Lisbon & Cape Town makes me cry of … More Pistoia : Lonely Planet travel guide crowned it as a “must see” in the world!
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!
Amazing views, great wines, beautiful plants & trees from Tuscany – from my Pistoia, called city of green , beacause of its greenhouses – provided by Moreno Menci who exports his plants since more than twenty years in Czech Republic www.vivaimenci.com , a traditional Tuscan architecture for the farmhouse that is a 4 star hotel where … More A small Tuscany in Czech Republic
www.osterialecentobuche.it Just outside the city center there is an original location for a restaurant it was until 1995 a wool factory ( Prato in fact it is a very renowned texile district near Florence)belonging to the Abatoni family since the XIII Century and then to the monks of San Fabiano . It is so beautiful … More Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche
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
You know I love my birthplace , Pistoia, as I am writing about it since some years on my blog & posted many many photos on Instagram & Twitter of it. So now that has been just declared the Italy’s city of culture in 2017 I think you should follow my blog & have a … More Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered with ….me!
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 ?
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🍷🍷🍸🍸
Just nature everywhere: sea, beach, rocks, sand,trees,flowers and stones…a deep blue sky , some good old friends and that’s it ! Simply everything you can ask to your vacations : a solitary beach with your family and best friends. Love this island for its wind, its scented trees, its original stones & rocks , its … More Sardegna : on a solitary beach …
Here we are : one of the most important road of Pistoia , the so called , at the beginning of last century , “camionabile” – from camion = truck in English – because it was the first big direct road that was leading to Bologna , the North of Italy – in a quick … More Made in Pistoia : The first STREETFOOD in Pistoia!
An unforgettable sensorial experience that includes smell , taste & sight : visiting a small family run cheese factory on Pistoia’s hill. A slow food product called :’raw milk pecorino cheese ‘ entirely made with sheep milk not boiled, to preserve the aroma & the proprieties of the fresh milk . Hand made , organic … More MadeinPistoia : ever tasted warm ricotta cheese just made by a real shepherd ?
http://www.caffenewyork.it If you are a coffee lover or simply a coffee addicted you can’t miss this roastery’s experience. Open & run by the same family since 1930 in Montecatini Terme ( 15 km from Pistoia ) & now settled in Pistoia , opened its doors to me & my clients to show us how to … More MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany
http://www.rosebarni.it A name , ROSE BARNI ,an historical surname for roses ,it means an historical name for roses in Pistoia since ever! When you can say to your friends , visiting your garden or simply sipping a cup of coffee sitting in your patio full of scented roses : look , this is a RoseBarni … More Made in Pistoia : Rose Barni – growers (with passion ) – of the best roses ,since 1882
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 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 ~
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
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
Here we are : Cooking & tasting Special dishes Of this magical region Of Italy, Liguria! Chef Brenda Fawdon from Brisbane ~ founder with Sonja Drexler Of http://www.mondo-organics.com.au the first fully-licensed organic Restaurant in Australia . Let’s See How much fun we had together in a culinary week Such as the last one .. A … More Cooking class in Liguria
Last Sunday I was invited to visit & of course to taste , some innovative proposals by “Il grigio veneziano” restaurant just outside Pistoia, Montecatini direction. A stunning motto is written on The walls’ hall : cleanness, precision &… passion ( in Italian all these words start with P : pulizia,precisione , passione) , a … More New opening : Il grigio veneziano Restaurant in Pistoia
Last year I met many different kind of people from everywhere .. I shared with them my passion for food, shopping and art and for The great addentare Of travelling! But most of all The pleasure to stay together on The same way , same street , different language , same heart I’ve met a … More A New year , New things I’ve learned
It was a strange feeling receiving This book from My mom’s hand as a present : my aunt wrote a book about her life and her past. This book tells part Of My family history maybe The most unknown , My father’s side . I knew something but not all That I Found in this: … More When your aunt writes a book
Shoes are My passion or maybe I can say My obsession? I spent half Of My life dealing with them: My father was involved in The shoe business as footwear Agent in Italy representing some Italian factories on The export market . I followed him as soon as I finished The college and I loved … More Passion4…shoes!!
Signora Maria Tondini does this job since long time : in the past with the help of his husband, now with that of her son Graziano and grandson Daniele . Daniele is the youngest of the family and after having finished the secondary school he decided to continue the family business in spite of the … More Made in Pistoia : Raw milk Pecorino cheese how to press it ? by hand,of course!
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I have to tell you. my heart belongs to her ( not it..HER ! ) as she is like a friend for me : an elegant Lady that opened her arms to me when I arrived there 30 years ago. I was alone with just a lot of dreams in my bag to fullfill . First of … More MY HEART BELONGS TO …LONDON