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
What a great, sunny day in Torcello island with a fab group of American and English people sharing excellent food in a relaxing ,charming and historical location such as Locanda Cipriani ! Antipasto di astice was so delicious with the perfect Bellini cocktail ( just invented in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani owner of the renowned … More Locanda Cipriani : a must in Venice
Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course! ( or maybe…. just for this ?) not only because it is crowned Italy’s capital of culture in 2017 but first of all for its geographic position in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany , Italy’s capital of culture in 2017!
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…
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.
Everybody speaking about Pistoia but I am sure you are wondering : where is Pistoia? in Tuscany, of course! in the Norhtern part of it! close to many more popular and touristic cities such as Florence 30 km Lucca 50 km , about 67 km from Pisa (International airport ) just near the Appenine mountains … More Pistoia , a must see but ..where is it?
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!
http://www.bookclubintuscany.com/ How you can resist to all this? Everythinng you can wish is included here : book,📖travel, food 🍝🍕, wine, 🍷 great company 👭👭 day trips 🚗🚗 , shopping 👠👒💄👢 tastings , a lovely villa 🏡🏡where to stay , cooking class 🍳🍅 , historical palaces, city tours , Tuscan landscapes …whatelse??? My good friend Suzanne … More Do you like read & travel?this is just 4 you : an amazing tour in Tuscany !
If your dream is to live a real Florentine experience & feeling like being part of the History, not just a visitor , this is exactly where you should stay. In an historical building , Palazzo Ciofi-Jacometti , old columns frame the palace dated midway through the 18th century, commissioned by the Papal treasurer Marquis … More Where to stay in Florence & feeling part of the History : Relais Santa Croce ~ Baglioni hotels ~
Do you remember the film : “Portrait of a lady” directed by the great Jane Campion in 1996 with Nicole Kidman & John Malkovich? Some scenes have been played in this old palace in the heart of Lucca and finally it is open to public & the magnificent garden too, so I could visit it … More Lucca & Pfanner Palace : feeling as a princess like Nicole Kidman!
http://www.grandhotelsitea.it What does it make your visit in a new city an unforgettable & pleasent experience to be remembered forever ? In my opinion where you choose to stay is very important to determinate your first impression: the hotel or b&b or farmhouse ,becomes your home away from home for some nights & days so … More Where to stay in Turin with class: Grand Hotel Sitea ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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 !
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!
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
Since more than 40 years I have been stopping in Livorno just to leave it , yes by boat , direction…Sardinia island. Never a walk , never a look around , never some time to shopping or seeing its streets , its buildings : it has been since ever just an harbour to me, not … More Tuscany : Livorno, not just a port but a charming city
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
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!
Some shots I took last Wednsday in Duomo square , just having a sort of slalom among teints & the old buildings :a different point of view..in my birthplace – Pistoia – a lovely little gem in Tuscany, enjoy!
Some sun, some nice mild weather & it’s time for shopping !!! Just some shots to show how is coloured our spring 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!
Yesterday I visited this enchanting location just on the border of a public park where I used to go when I was a child , Piazza d’Armi. With the Pistoia’s Instagrammer group & the FAI young volounteers ( Fondo Ambiente Italiano – )we visited this fourtess dated fourtheen century that hosted in different … More Pistoia : Santa Barbara’s Fortress ,a Tuscan highline over the city!
Not just a modern & original 4 star hotel designed by an architect who loves modern art but the people….amazing!! so welcoming ,such a great stay by www.abitarthotel.com & its restaurant too. Art is the main ingredient in this place : everywhere you could see masterpieces & the atmophere is very relaxing , not too modern … More Where to stay in Rome?
I was missing this place! Finally I was back last week & enjoyed every corner of it, every stall, every colour! So crowed in the morning & so many different kind od fruits & vegetables & the puntarelle to be shipped in vacum too! It made me think to Florence the nice & pittoresque San … More Roma : Campo dè Fiori & its colours
I had the chance to visit this luxury b&b www.tornabuoniview.comabout an year ago when it was under renovation together with my friend Victoria de Maio – blogger & writer from US – http://www.postcardzfromvictoria.com and we loved it sooo much to decide to choose it as one of our location for our Tuscany tour , in September. The view … More A room with a view in Florence, wherever else?
Another time in Greve for me but the first one for my American group : to see the triangular shaped square, this time with no tourists – except us – as at the beginning of March is still low season and just because of this , more lovely as a typical Tuscan hamlet where to … More Tuscany : Greve in Chianti & the Tuscan navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano
This is Meleto castle www.castellomeleto.it in the Chianti district & of course the symbol of the Chianti Classico , the black rooster , was on the bottles we opened & tasted! The castle dates back Middle Age & the Ricasoli ‘s family owned it for many years,at the present the property has changed . There is … More Tasting Tuscan Chianti wine in a castle dated 1256!
Originally , in the 1300 , the towers were 72 -in a very small village think they were more towers than inhabitans!- but towers meant power at that time & so each noble family showed it through them. Nowadays only 14 left but the atmosphere is like a diamond posed on a hill from which … More San Gimignano : as a small New York skyline with its old towers
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!
So happy about this news!👏👏 It deserves this nomination as for too many years it has been hidden between Florence & Lucca ‘s shades but now ……it’s time to show to the world how beautiful & interesting it is with its greenhouses, its museums, its market, its ‘movida’ in the evening & its old organs … More Pistoia : Italy’s city of culture 2017!!!
You know, Sardinia is my second home & I love it in a deep ,true , visceral way : as you love a good friend you don’t see very often & you miss so much. I love it not just for its natural stunning beauties ,not only for the sincere & fantastic people living there, … More Sardinia island :perfect for food lovers
Saturday morning is the busiest day of the week : crowded of people a many Italians don’t work & mist of all it is market day . This morning wanted to show you how appears my city seen from the market’s teints . A deep blue sky was helped a lot , a great frame … More Pistoia : my city seen from the markets teints
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…
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!
Ever visited a farmhouse in Tuscany? In this post you can visit one of them:located on Pistoia’s hills it is a so called “didactic farm” as it opens its door to children & adults to show & teach how to make cow cheese, put the hand into the milk & press the fresh cream, see … More A true rural experience in a typical Tuscan farmhouse
Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course! ( or maybe…. just fot this?😂😜) first of all for its location in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a stretegical basis between North & South : the actual Duomo square became in … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany
As you know Sardinia is my second home in summer time since more than 40 years but I hadn’t ever been in this special hotel before : just in the heart of Sardinia & surrounding by a gorgeous wild nature that fascinated me soooo much! Words can’t describe as beautiful it is & neither photos … More Su Gologone : a fantastic experience hotel with a unique charming atmosphere & a real Sardinian style!
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 ?