Confetti di Pistoia ~ Sugared-coated sweets

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 !
Since The middle age Pistoia was producing these sweets to give some relief to The Pilgrims Who came to Pistoia .
just sugar & water
with an aniseed soul or almond or chocolate or coffee bean, they have an original shape That reminds a hedgehog .
That’s why they are called confetti a ‘riccio’ , curl!
Simple but Made with top quality ingredients to create sweet memories for personal unforgettable moments Of our life.

Miss Margherita is a young lady Who has a great passion for her job : she showed me The laboratory with The old copper basin, sugar & seeds what they can produce!

Mrs Giorgia Corsini , heir Of The company , showed me The shop with bomboniere & other different shape of confetti & The chocolate production .
Only This worths a visit to Pistoia!

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A food experience in a Tuscan countryside

In PIstoia
agriturismo Amedea
A lovely farmhouse just on Pistoia’s countryside for a typical Tuscan lunch & visit to The wineyard , The celler & tasting organic wine & extra virgin oil with fresh vegetables from The garden and handmade pasta.
Great athmoshere , wonderful weather for an unforgettable experience for My clients from Texas !

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Alexander Kosolapov in Pistoia : a #sotsart artist

By salvadoriarte I had The chance to meet & follow The last work of The worldwide renowned sculptor Alexander Kosolopov called : Lenin , Mickey, Jesus .
A very big dimension work That takes months to be ended.
In November it Will be exposed by http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/kosolapov_alexander.htm?section_name=breaking_the_ice in London so I Will be there to see it😉
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The artist wishes to send us a message of peace putting these three important symbols in The same ground : hand in hand , Russia with America , faith & dream , walking together towards a common future .
The artist , born in Moscow ( sotsart)lives in New York since many years but loves to create its works in Tuscany, in Pistoia , My town, as He Found here The best professional team by lost Salvadori Arte lost wax foundry.

Such an honour to be admitted in The foundry to meet The artist & see the work ‘growing’ day by day under my eyes !
In Autumn it Will be finished with a shining red colour & I Will be there to take New pictures of it again .

We celebrated The end of work with a typical Tuscan dinner by Il pollo d’oro in Pistoia together with The Salvadori’s arte owners & a great cappuccino The day after in My fav coffee shop 😉😉to say ‘arrivederci ‘ goodbye to Alexander.

Thanks to Alexander Kosolopov for choosing Salvadori Arte & Pistoia !

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A temporary #shoe shop in #Pistoia👠👡👢👞👟👠👟

The first temporary shoe shop in My town !
“Didì le fou ” is its name:
located on a street corner exposing nice high hills shoes & sandals , offers a huge choice of ladies footwears.

Pop in & have a Look it’s Open even on Thursday night but ….just until The end Of June😉😍👠👡👢👞👠
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#Pistoia : a temporary park with grass&trees in town! #uapc #uapc2014

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 as an Italian ….Central park 😄😄😄
Lovely athmoshere , relaxing & Sooo crowded 👏👏👏especially Sunday evening !
For children ( but not just for them) another green space was created close to The bigger one with goats & donkeys .

Great food from The little shops & restaurants with views on The grass!

The Pistoia’s major , Samuele Bertinelli ,was joining us too

posing with me & other bloggers for a nice selfie 😉😉
An Original & fresh experience just as Pistoia is : capital of green for all its plants nurseries
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A Special Thanks
❤️❤️❤️
to Tesi Group giorgiotesigroup

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Aperitivo in Florence :TAMERÓ diladdarno

Sunday Morning
Today
A Different athmosphere over the Arno river : Santo Spirito area
Friends
Colours
Food
Spritz
White wine
A sunny square with trees
As a small Place des Vosges Parisienne
Families
Children
Happiness
Joy
Sun
Birds & fountain
Church & restaurants
Everything is Ready for us
To be enjoyed
We are hanging on a cloud , la dolce vita again !

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New opening : Il grigio veneziano Restaurant in Pistoia

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 Very Good beginning indeed 😉👏
Loved The relaxing and chic athmoshere : homemade bread & soft focaccia , delicious asparagus soup with purple salt, fantastic Sacher torte with thick jam & soft dough.
Found all The three adjectives above mentioned filling The ambient .
The owner is a young chef with a great passion for what he does , Giulio Paolini, from Pistoia.
Lovely presentation & really tasty food with original decorations , enjoy!

Il grigio veneziano ~ Via prov.Lucchese 301 – Spazzavento – Pistoia

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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 , heart & skin Of thousand emotions !
A breathtaking view over Florence , Brunelleschi dome & Lungarno , Uffizi gallery & Santa Croce Church.
A small cosy café on a terrace reminded me some English ones & in fact it was over Looking The so called : English garden.
So proud to be Italian when I heard an American tourist said : Wish I could live here forever & buy This palace ! Maybe I should buy Italy…
So I said : I am so sorry , but it isn’t on sale yet!😉
Enjoy This Paradise & just imagine How fab could be The Medici’s life walking in here every day

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Strolling in Lucca with sunshine!

Maybe I have already told you I have been studying in Lucca about 30 yrs ago & This is a Special place to me ❤️❤️❤️
A sunny day in Lucca can make feel as being in a cosy nest ( piazza Anfiteatro ) free as fresh air ( walking on The old walls) being a child ( Having a gelato to go ) a Bohèmien ( close to Niccolò Puccini statue) …

Enjoy This beautiful day with me!
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Pistoia: a typical Tuscan food experience at LA TOSCANA IN BOCCA

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..

Free entrance
for an enjoyable food tour Of tastings from pizza to migliacci ( kind Of crêpes Made with pork blood mixed with broth & spices , filled with sugar or parmesan cheese ) typical confetti ( sugared candies ) Made in Pistoia and other goodies from this area as “carcerato” soup with vegetables, dried Tuscan bread & chitterlings .
From espresso coffee ( roasted & blended in Pistoia ) to The best Tuscan cured meats , typical unsalted Tuscan fresh bread Made under your eyes by expert bakers , family run restaurants with a passion for typical traditional Cooking , preservatives & fruits juices from The surrounding mountains …everywhere & everything speak Pistoia’s taste !

The symbol of This 4 days of Tuscan food fair & showcooking is a mouth – in fact The translation Of it could be : “Tuscany by mouth “and is just with small paper shape mouths That you can pay your meals using them as money.

A full lunch could cost you about 15 euros & you can have free mineral water from a fresh source from Pistoia area, bottled in a typical wine bottle – very smart!
Or you can choose from different kind Of wines from our local producers Of course & Tuscan beer Made with local hop!

A Triumph of colours , smells & smiling people dealing with what they like most : Cooking & …. Eating!

Free wonderpark
with games & colours for children & nice drawings about food Made by young future chefs .

Very well known Foodbloggers such as Elena Farinelli ( http://www.ioamofirenze.it ) & Leonardo Romanelli ( http://www.leonardoromanelli.it) took part to The event tasting & commenting food tastings.

You could stay here 4 days & eat differently each day , Such a great offer you have.

This is The fist edition & it is simply a success , next year we are expecting more local exibitors & visitors from all over The world to share with them our town & its hidden treasures!

http://www.latoscanainbocca.it

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Ever been in Monteriggioni ,Tuscany?

It’s strange to explain but sometimes it happens :as you are living in one Of The best region Of Italy ( Tuscany ) you are not interested in visiting The most well known places as Monteriggioni, just outside Siena.
I thought it was time for My daughter ( 15 years old ) to feel as a Real tourist & visit This nice small fortified village on The top Of The hill , on Francigena’s path, and she just
loved it!
So, let ‘s have a Look with me ❤️😍👏

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Chocolate valley in Tuscany : Slitti maître chocolatier

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 kind Of chocolate shapes, a Special smell Of Home … My Home ❤️❤️Made of sweet memories of childwood😍😍😍for every Easter lots & lots Of different egg sizes & many surprises Inside ( small presents !)
I had a Special coffee with chocolate & wipped cream topped with little pieces of crunchy dark chocolate …delicious!!
Enjoy My sweet tour today🎈🎈🎈💖💖💖

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I calzini rossi

Originally posted on Tramedipensieri:

La quercia da sughero è un segno caratteristico e tipico dei paesaggi e della cultura della Sardegna, elemento quotidiano degli uomini che da sempre hanno imparato ad amarlo e curarlo, preparandolo, di anno in anno, all’estrazione periodica.

Quercia da sugnero

Gli alberi dai calzini rossi.

 è un albero che risale all’era terziaria, precisamente all’Oligocene, ossia dalla costituzione del grande bacino mediterraneo, dove, secondo alcuni, esiste da più di 60 milioni di anni.

tappi di sughero

tappi di sughero

Fin dall’antichità i Fenici ed i Romani utilizzavano il sughero per sigillare recipienti contenenti vino, anche in Egitto, in tombe risalenti a migliaia di anni fa, sono state ritrovate anfore ancora chiuse con sughero e perfettamente conservate.

Pare che anche lo scrittore Marcel Proust amasse talmente le proprietà del sughero da farne interamente rivestire il suo studio, per isolarsi dai rumori esterni, del resto confermate dall’utilizzo negli strumenti musicali.

….il sughero naturale viaggia per mare, vista la sua…

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