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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