An amazing studio in the heart of Florence : a jump in the Renaissance

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

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: tomorrow starts 37th edition of PistoiaBlues Festival  & it’s live music in town!

Still remember one of the first Pistoiablues in 1983 : I was still a teenager & never seen before  a concert in the Duomo square  of my city ! The most impressive thing to me was the very different kind of people  coming from everywhere in Italy & from abroad  with long hair & long … More Pistoia: tomorrow starts 37th edition of PistoiaBlues Festival  & it’s live music in town!

Pistoia : a must see town in Tuscany!

You know how much I love❤️ my birthplace , Pistoia, located in Tuscany ,just in the between of the marvellous  Florence & lovely Lucca , more renowned & visited by tourists than my small city. So you can understand how happy I’ve been to be invited by Tuscanybuzz www.tuscanybuzz.com to a blogtour #BuzzMeetFriends along with American, Brasilian … More Pistoia : a must see town in Tuscany!

Pistoia : a private collection of old dolls & Pinocchio

Titled : “Le sentinelle della memoria : giocattoli di un’altra epoca” A private toys collection  a free open to public in occasion of “Dialoghi sull’uomo 2016 festival” in Pistoia , just in her own palace – Palazzo dè Rossi – belonged to this  young collector’s family  : Paola dè Rossi, that was one of the … More Pistoia : a private collection of old dolls & Pinocchio

Certaldo : a Medieval beautiful hamlet in Tuscany!

Have you ever heard about Certaldo before? Maybe because the renowned writer & poet Giovanni Boccaccio – The Decameron’s author –  was born here …..https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Boccaccio and its home museum so interesting to visit http://www.casaboccaccio.it/ with books & even old shoes dated 1300 and aspectacular view from the tower over the hamlet that till today maintained its old … More Certaldo : a Medieval beautiful hamlet in Tuscany!

Pistoia : Manzoni theatre ,a real jewel in the city’s heart

  You can think you are at  ‘La Scala’ theatre , as it is just a minature of it ! but you are in Pistoia, in a small  but beautiful city in the Northen Tuscany just 30 km from the district capital, Firenze . Dated 1694 first it was called : “teatro dei Risvegliati ” … More Pistoia : Manzoni theatre ,a real jewel in the city’s heart

Pistoia : a low speed city, an  exibition of old greetings cards without cars…

Everything now is high speed , everybody is running but how  was looking a  city without cars? By the biggest library  in Tuscany – that is in Pistoia – wwww.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it – until the end of January you could see an old collection of postcards from Pistoia & its district with empty streets , just people walking ….cam’t … More Pistoia : a low speed city, an  exibition of old greetings cards without cars…

Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet

Such a great sensational experience by Agriturismo Le Poggiola just few Km from Pistoia the feeling of freshness,the scent of sweet fruits,lots of memories about those who did this before us in the countryside since centuries….our origins come from the ground and this is our traditional way of making wine:our grangrandparents did this way and … More Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet

Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!

“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!

Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

The word “norcino” comes from a small town , Norcia , in Umbria region  in central /south Italy & means coming from Norcia. Starting from the Middle Age in this area of Italy there were many  norcini  (a sort of  butchers specialized  in pork meat  only : experts of making  sausages ,ham,salami & everything coming … More Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

Volterra : do you remember Twilight New Moon ?here it is ,Volturi ‘s sewer cover!

Did you know Stefanie Meyer wrote her bestseller  imaging Volterra before visiting it ? It was in her mind , in her immagination whike she was writing , then she saw a picture of Priori’s square & recognized it as the perfect real setting for her story So probably the beauty of this place was … More Volterra : do you remember Twilight New Moon ?here it is ,Volturi ‘s sewer cover!

My Lisbon : since 1829 an historical charming cafè with a view

You know …..I love old historical cafes ! I am always writing about them  beacause I like them for their atmosphere & location ( usually in the city center) , their products ( usually top quality ones) & sometimes for the views too. this just in a very lively  square called Praça da  Figueira  www.cofeitarianacional.com has … More My Lisbon : since 1829 an historical charming cafè with a view

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

Ever visited Boboli garden in Florence? Medici’s spirit is still in the air

Just back from a Saturdsy Morning into The green , sun , roses , peonia , scented lemon & statues , lakes & grotto! All in one place : Pitti palace gardens , Boboli & then a visit to Bardini’s garden . One only ticket to visit both and fill your eyes , nose , … More Ever visited Boboli garden in Florence? Medici’s spirit is still in the air

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