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!
Yessss, Pistoia is a multicultural town & it is welcoming an exibition of original clothes, accessories & photos in addition to speeches & meetings about this great people from America & its most significant representatives. In piazza del Duomo – Pistoia’s heart – in the City Hall ground floor called “Afrescoes halls” you could see… More Pistoia welcomes WoLakota -Sioux :Indians from America exibition
My interesting walking tour in Genova stopped not only by a bakery to taste focaccia genovese but also here : by a fresh handmade pasta maker : PASTA FRESCA FABIO & ALESSIA run by two brothers that run this family business in the historical center (have a look to the ceilings :old afrescoes overlooking the… More Fresh pasta made in Genoa ~ Ligurian style !
Last Friday I had the pleasure to visit Genoa with a special guided tour planned by Confartigianato Liguria association, CNA Liguria , IN LIGURIA regional agency touristic promotion & with the best Genoa’s licensed guide, Cristina Gelvi , in occasion of the Genoa Pesto World Championship 2016 . So nice to meet this new folk… More Sapori di Genova : a crunchy , soft focaccia Ligurian style
…even prêt à porter clothes created by Tiziana, stylist & designer , with great beautiful colours with light materials for the up coming spring & summertime! Run by two sisters , Tiziana & Carmen , this atelier was opened about 40 years ago by their mother Grazia , producing top quality handmade dresses “alta moda… More Not only wedding dresses by Sidoti Moda in Genoa …
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If you walk along the Lungotevere riverside in Rome, or Via Carlo Alberto in Turin or through the Cannaregio district in Venice you may spot something glinting on the pavement. A little brass cobblestone or plaque set into the concrete outside an old door. And if you look closer there is writing…
TRATTORIA MEGABONO Via Ser Lapo Mazzei ,20 PRATO -TUSCANY – ITALY PHONE +393385950477 http://www.facebookcom/Megabono Had the pleasure to be invited to dine by this small restaurant ( just 20 seats ) in the city center of Prato just close to the City Hall square in occasion of a BlogTour planned & lead by Armando Alibrandi… More Megabono : a typical Tuscan trattoria in Prato
In Viareggio , a coastal summer location, just 40 minutes driving from my birthplace , Pistoia , I just saw these beautiful windows& thought of you, my friends abroad , that cannot see what on fashion here in Tuscany at the present & so………now you could see them through my photos ! Same trend… More Windows shopping in Viareggio!
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!
www.osterialecentobuche.it Just outside the city center there is an original location for a restaurant it was until 1995 a wool factory ( Prato in fact it is a very renowned texile district near Florence)belonging to the Abatoni family since the XIII Century and then to the monks of San Fabiano . It is so beautiful… More Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche
This time in Rome I wanted to visit the old ghetto near Campo dè Fiori & just close to the nice Isola Tiberina . I had in my memory the deep yellow/orange colour of the Jewish quarter I saw in a beautiful film of some years ago titled : “La finestra di fronte ” by… More Eating in Rome as Romans do since 1923 …
Usually I do not eat where I sleep but in this case it’s a must. http://www.estrobar.com it’s the Abitart hotel restaurant & I loved it! The location is so beautiful: many original paintings on the walls & such a great food experience , really unmissable. Prices are also fine to be in a such fashionable location… More Where to eat in Rome?
One of my best tour ever is made in Liguria with American & Australian clients! First thing we learned to make was ….PESTO!!! and I still can feel the pressed basil’s scent in the air…amazing experience indeed you can forget faces,people,places but not smells! Everybody was so excited to start a new… More Cooking class in Liguria : how to make Pesto alla genovese
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?
Sooo many tasty things to try here! Loved this typical Roman restaurant where my good friends invited me last week for dinner just near Piramide quarter . Ever tried ‘ carbonara with artichokes’ ?DELICIOUS! & what about ‘Abbacchio alla Romana’ lambs meat cooked in a very good way with aromatic light sauce & a tender… More Rome it’s a city 4 foodies : Cotto & Magnato a typical trattoria
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
Just a walk in my city on Wednsday or on Saturday morning to see an example of real Tuscan life in its streets! Not just food stalls but clothes too & a nice cup of cappuccino for a chat with a good friend from Ireland who chose to live in my birthplace ❤️😍☕️☕️ Enjoy my… More Pistoia : what to do on Wednsday? market here ,with food & clothes
I have already written another post about this but each season I found something new to share with you, my friends! Today I feel as spring is finally here, after so many rainy days sooooo….let’s enjoy blooming in private gardens & then the clear sun light on this old park with animals enjoying sunshine &… More Pistoia : has a small lovely Central Park
During your first tour in Tuscany you can’t miss this city including a look to Duomo with its amazing ceiling & pavement that is a magnificent painting! Let’s visit it with me now… just a look & I am sure you will fall in love with it as I did the first time I… More Siena : a classical Tuscan tour with a sweet stop
Firenze is beautiful sun or rain but with some chocolate to taste strolling in the street it’s even better! So have a look to these stalls just in front of Basilica Santa Maria Novella near the train station…
Today ,February 14th we celebrate Valentine day , but why, I wonder? Who was this Saint? He was born in Terni, Italy , in 175 AD & became bishop of its birthplace very young , at just 21 years old & he was a martyr , persecuted as Christian . The origin… More San Valentino : Valentine Day in Italy & its origins
My father from Thailand just phoned me to tell me they are prepearing special sweets for today….my friend from London wrote me this morning about a kind of pancakes they are making today and so….what about here in Pistoia?? We are making FRITTELLE DI RISO in a very traditional way , as my grandgrandmother did… More MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!
Can’t believe it? Yes,it’s true! I had the honour to stay at the left side of the Pope, couldn’t talk to him but I could touch him …he was so tall & imponent ! I can tell you it has been such an amazing experience meeting him in Pistoia by www.salvadoriarte.it ,such a great surprise indeed &… More MadeinPistoia : guess who? Pope Francesco & me!
You can think tou 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 dustrict capital, Firenze . Dated 1694 first it was called : “teatro dei Risvegliati ”… More Pistoia : Manzoni theatre ,a real jewel in the city’s heart
As my grandmother Gina used to make with me, now it was time 4 me with my daughter Francesca! From my old receipes’ book ( a bit dirty, sorry ! I know, but it is also full of good memories & I don’t want to have any new other one but …THIS!!) . Different names… More This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival
Have a look to this old & noble private palace – Palazzo Caluri in the past – now offers rooms , suites & apartments for everyone who loves to live a special Tuscan experience in the city center of my birthplace, Pistoia. Love the name “locanda ” as it is what was been called… More Pistoia : a lovely old palace where to stay if you wish to visit my city
When I was a student this was my library & it was the only one in Pistoia .forteguerriana.comune.pistoia.it All the past generations have studied here surronded by these old shelves full of handmade old books & some of them also written by hands! Founded in 1473 after the Cardinal Niccoló Forteguerri ‘s death who decided… More Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.
Live the literary life, Tuscan style! Yes, this will be my next tour in Tuscany : read the book , visit the setting! Brunelleschi’s Dome or Death in Florence, or Mona Lisa or Dan Brown’s Inferno….here they are now : are not only in your mind and fantasy but in the locations we will visit… More Book Club in Tuscany with …me!
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
In a restaurant that is called ‘locanda’ with some rooms upstairs where you could stay for the night, as it was used when horses carriages were travelling in this street that still leads to Florence from Pistoia . Loved the place ( belonging to the same family since 1600 & with the same pourpose :… More A Tuscan Sunday lunch with truffle
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…
When Valentine day is going to come my husband never knows what I ‘d love to receive so I thought I have to start a bit earlier to look for something special and original to suggest him to buy for me . Some days ago a good friend of mine from New York sent me… More Some uncommon ideas for your Valentine