Pistoia : strolling in an organic garden : a professional agricoltural highschool ” IPSAA DE FRANCESCHI”

In a sunny September morn I visited this beautiful highschool garden full of  fruits’ trees & corn fields , biggest black berries ever seen , plums , giuggiole , apples , wahlnuts  and pears
The atmosphere is unreal : just outside the historical city center of my birthplace, Pistoia, this highschool ,focused on agricolture & envirronment classes ,offers a huge variety of plants  in an authentic  countryside .  Some nurseries plants  too contribute to honour the Pistoia’s  worldwide reputation of ” city of the green “, exporting its ornamental plants  everywhere .

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Green walhnut

Green walhnut

a pavement of plums

a pavement of plums

A  nest with a plum!

A nest with a plum!

big black berry

big black berry

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My good friend Cecilia Marini  That is a biology  teacher here,  showed me all these goodies & Yes, Of course I picked & taste some of  these juicy fruits ! ;-))
Lucky boys ( more Than girls attending to This kind Of school )  That can enjoy all This every season , planting or spreading first  , then  picking the fruits   and  following the growth of an  organic production.

At the end f this school they could continue to the University or stop studying and start working in the envirronment or agriculture sector.

To know more about this , you can visit  : http://www.ipsaadefranceschi.it

the school : a typical Tuscan farmhouse

the school : a typical Tuscan farmhouse

Old old plough

Old old plough

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#sotsart : a masterpiece Made in Pistoia by Alexander Kosolapov

In My previous post I introduced you The work in progress Of This enourmous sculpture : handmade in a foundry in Pistoia ( www.salvadoriarte.it) with The hard job Of The artist & an amazing cooperation with a team Of expert Italian people, after one year I can show you The masterpiece ready to fly to London for the vernissage next November .
Could I let it fly alone without me? ?
After Having followed up each step of it here???
No, of course!
So, I Will be glad to take more picts in a prestigious setting Such as The www.saatchigallery.com so…. More to come from me soon again !
Enjoy these last Photos took in front & Inside Of The foundry with The artist ( www.sotsart.com) & The Salvadori family .
This work talks about friendship & love among different worlds & I can assure you That a Real Good feeling is born between The artist and The foundery’s owners : an example Of passion 4 art That goes far beyond , creating personal links .

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Lucca : #sweet food to go !#chocolate&more in Fillungo street The Fifth Ave Of Lucca

RISTORI This is The name Of a lovely small cosy food boutique in The heart of Lucca!
Espresso coffee , aromatized coffee, profitterols with wipped cream,ice cream , burger ice, Sacher torte, pinenuts block , cappuccino , spirits and much more…

A nice small tea Room on The back side reminds me a Londoner location..sweet memories😍😍😍

Don’t miss it !
RISTORI via Fillungo , 83 ~ Lucca ~ Italy

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#Pistoia : Un filo di #pasta : tradition & innovation made in Pistoia ~ Italy ~

First pasta’s celebration presented by an historical local producer & two machineries industries in Pistoia !

A stunning setting by the courtyard Of the old Court ( still in use – at present time – for the same purpose since the Renaissance period ) crowded by lot Of interested & curious people came from all over .
Pistoia is not only art & history & greenhouses but also industry & updated companies That produce top quality copper dies for to pasta ( Such as Landucci since 1925 www.landucci.it) and packaging machines ( www.ricciarellispa.it) exporting them worldwide.
A small pasta producer in the outskirts Of Pistoia www.pastificiochelucci.it) produces tasty pasta since 1912.

Because Of this Pistoia can be considered a flagship Of excellence in #Italy !👏👏👏

Proud to be born here , in ️My beloved Pistoia❤️😍❤️😍👍😍👍

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Pistoia New opening: ‘Il Cucciolo’ seafood Restaurant

Chef at work

Chef at work

Just great First quality seafood in a small cosy location under the Old walls that surrounding Pistoia’s City center.
A young & elegant atmosphere suitable for louncheon & for romantic dinners , leading by a family who has been involved in this sector since many years , providing eccellent fresh seafood cusine .
The young chef is the owner’s son -Niccolò Piccirilli – with a remarkable experience in different prestigious restaurants , prepears with love & passion typical Tuscan receipes with an original twist.

To be mentioned & not to be Missed the plateau Of crudité with oysters ( soon to take away too !) with three different kind of tartare .

A fab homemade mayonnaise , soft & light!

Handmade Pici ( kind Of thick spaghetti ) trabacolara Style are light & tasty .
Dessert with ricotta Cheese & raisins is Simply delicious!
An Interesting Wine list with sparkling ones To be matched with seafood & so Enjoying it at its best.

To launch The New location they invited a small group of selected , influencial bloggers , foodblogger !, to taste & take picts & write about it 😉😉👏👏👏to spread The world The news!
Easy To be reached from the Pistoia highway exit & a parking available just round the corner.

RISTORANTE IL CUCCIOLO
PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI ( zona arca) 51100 Pistoia – Toscana -Italia -closed on Sunday
www.ristoranteilcucciolo.it
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#Sardegna : typical #food from Gallura

Gallura is the northern part of Sardinia : quite often windy and with mild temperature all year round.
Food specialities are zuppa cuata a sort of lasagna made with pane carasau bread sheep cheese and beef broth , ravioli with ricotta cheese , sugar and lemon with tomato sauce , handmade gnocchetti with sausage and tomato sauce , seadas as dessert a sort of raviolo filled with cheese , fried and topped with honey.
THis is my dinner some days ago in a real agriturismo with some home made salami and cheese and ricotta and pasta… simply delicious!
Enjoy with me❤️❤️😍😍

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#Sardinia : Portobello = Beautiful Harbour a secret gem in North Sardegna

Sunset with dinner in an exclusive part of The island : hidden villas in The green, a small elegant village facing The Mediterranean Sea & a wonderful landscape .
A Special setting for a romantic dinner outside on The Hsrbour with fresh wind typical Of This area & a delicious tasty seafood.
Paradise on earth , simply..
Enjoy all This with me!

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A dinner in #Sardinia : #agriturismo di mare = #seafood agriturismo with delicious #Vermentino wine😉😉

Surrounded by bougainvillae had fab dinner last night : agriturismo di mare! Never been before but for Sure to be repeated 👍👍
Very tasty seafood starting with lardo & bottarga on pane carasau ( delicious!) , Venere rice with octopus, ravioli with cernia fish & fregola with crab ( really excellent!)
The location is near Santa Teresa di Gallura, north Sardinia , Locanda I Mori .Beautiful place surrounded By bougainvillae & flowers & great fresh seafood 🐟🐠🐬ca.combr />
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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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