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
Cannot find better words to describe my town , Pistoia , than those used by the American journalist , Barbara Jones , that I had the pleasure to meet in 2008 . She wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News and in her article she describes so well the city and its beauties … More Pistoia : a medieval,hidden gem,in Tuscany
In Via del Parione, 28-32/R ,just at the beginning of this street almost on the corner with the most fashionable street , Via Tornabuoni ,near palazzo Spini Feroni that hosts the Ferragamo’s shoes museum & its boutique , you can find the Florian Café , founded in Venice in 1720. http://www.caffeflorian.com Daniel , the kind … More Florian café : not just in Venice but in Florence too!
During my tasting tour in Lisbon our guide finished the tour in front of this palace that I really loved 💓💓💓 The Josè Saramago Foundation, the Portoguise writer & poet born in 1922 and the most translated portoguise writer of all. This reminded me one if his book titled : Cecità = blindness,cecity. Very interesting … More My Lisbon : José Saramago & the MUDE (Museu Design Moda )
Loved the Chiado quarter, so lively, so glam so cool!!! A mix of Paris , London & Rome : a lovely district where to walk, shopping , listen to street music & stop in a cafè sitting close to ……Pessoa! Born as a drugstore was the first cafè in Lisbon that importing Brasilian coffee , … More My Lisbon : A Brasileira ~ Historical Café since 1905 ~ Fernando Pessoa & me
What a nice tour we had together in Pistoia ! Such a great group of people , all experts of food and really interested in knowing everything about Tuscan food and wine, of course, and extra virgin oil and plants! An unforgettable 4 days trip with Irish people that I feel so close to Italian … More Slowfood Galway , Ireland , visited & tasted Pistoia ‘s flavours with me
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!
The English writer , John Ruskin ( art critic ,poet ,peinter ) , born in my beloved London in 1918, visited Pistoia in 1845 . He was really impressed by the Church of San Giovanni fuorcivitas ( this Latin word means outside of the city but at the present it is considered THE city heart … More Pistoia ,a hidden gem in Tuscany: John Ruskin loved (& wrote )about this Church
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because … More A poem : He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven by William Butler Yeats
Cardinal Fabroni’s marble bust ( Pistoia, 1651 – Rome 1726 ) behind the Longo’s work
Seeing where the famous writer stayed when she was in London was a great pleasure for me Love to discover old houses where writers,painters & any kind of artists lived in the past Behind each door another story, yes indeed, again a new dream