MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!

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!!

This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival

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

Pistoia : a lovely old palace where to stay  if you wish to visit my city

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

Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.

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.

Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered 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!

Pistoia : a low speed city, an  exibition of old greetings cards without cars…

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…

Passion 4 shoes  : fashion comfort Italian  shoes outlet 

http://www.theflexx.com Just  in the outskirks of Pistoia you can find The Flexx :  it’s an outlet with comfortable shoes : extra light flexible air pocket soles , soft leather uppers that can fit perfectly to your feet  as a glove! Sales are arrived here too & these are my photos just took there today,  enjoy😍❤️… More Passion 4 shoes  : fashion comfort Italian  shoes outlet 

Nomination : a shining lady  behind an Italian leader  jewels brand     

http://www.nomination.it I have had the great pleasure to meet Monica Tiozzo  – the Nomination president – during an happy hour in Pistoia planned by TO BE DONNA  -an entrepeneurs’ women association of Confcommercio –  to present her new book titled : ”How  to be  a mother, a wife and yourself as well as a president… More Nomination : a shining lady  behind an Italian leader  jewels brand     

MadeinPistoia : a different choice, no more slot machines but …free books!!

Think you can’t  imagine how many nice things could happen in a small city as Pistoia ! I really  want to show you as much as I can of my birthplace in Tuscany as it is a hidden gem nobody knows…but you miss  a lot if you don’t visit it once in a life time!… More MadeinPistoia : a different choice, no more slot machines but …free books!!

MadeinPistoia : Chocomoments, a  sweetness celebration 

        In Pistoia since two days & until this evening you can visit this chocolate kermesse ! So many different kind of handcrafted chocolate producers  – made in Italy – in  different shapes, tastes & colours & consistence ( as the liquid tiepid chocolate to be sipped  with a spoon as it is not… More MadeinPistoia : Chocomoments, a  sweetness celebration 

I don’t wanna be Masterchef : easy risotto’s receipe for busy women

Busy women, yes, but who  wish to eat good , healthy & most of all ….tasty ! without spending  hours cooking😁 So let’s see how to make a good risotto with few simple ingredients & in about  30 minutes only👍👍 The kind of rice you use is so important ! it has to be good… More I don’t wanna be Masterchef : easy risotto’s receipe for busy women

MadeinTuscany :a school of life in a greenhouse with a grandpa

A very intetesting  experience in this greenhouse near the Tuscan coast – few Km from Viareggio –  with many plants , of course ( they are focused on eucalyptus ornamental  trees that they export them even abroad)  but during the summer time it becomes a different kindergarden with a special  teacher of 80 years old… More MadeinTuscany :a school of life in a greenhouse with a grandpa

MadeinPistoia : an amazing eco-friendly Presepe (Nativity)

     I couldn’t believe it was possible to create such an amazing, original  Nativity  with just common things as expired food , dried leaves,tea bags,seeds,eggs’ shells ,wahnuts ,garlic flowers used as small trees, old jumpers used as mountains , expired white flour as snow , pistaches’shells, plastic pins, orange zeist ? It has been a… More MadeinPistoia : an amazing eco-friendly Presepe (Nativity)

MadeinFlorence : Manetti , edible gold to enrich your Christmas dishes

Not just  arts & fashion in Florence, it is also a city worldwide renowed   for its goldsmiths shops on the Ponte Vecchio , the small artisans studios & also this kind of gold :genuine 23 kt gold  & genuine silver  available in flakes ( yes as corn flakes😂😂) crumbs ,powder &  leaves  to be… More MadeinFlorence : Manetti , edible gold to enrich your Christmas dishes

MadeinPistoia : it’s Nativities time , the most original handmade ones!

Just started in Pistoia an exibition of Nativities : handmade by students of the primary schools and by adults with a great passion for using different materials to create special settings. From stones to a terracotta’s pot , even  an old style bike as a special place where to born! Fantasy is a must here👍👏👏👏… More MadeinPistoia : it’s Nativities time , the most original handmade ones!

Testaroli with pesto sauce : a different kind of pasta

Have you ever  seen them before?Me neither since some years ago! They are a traditional dish from the northern part of Tuscany on the Ligurian border and of Liguria . Big round shaped  made of  white flour and water, cooked on the fire as necci (special sweets  made with  cestnut flour) to be cut in… More Testaroli with pesto sauce : a different kind of pasta

Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!

Yes, did you know this? Not only superb wines , lovely landscapes , art & architecture but also a real sweet valley made of maitres  chocolatiers! In Pistoia, Prato, Firenze and Pisa we can offer a huge choice of this delicious product: the best ingredients, the most original mix of dried fruits, spirits , wine… More Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!

MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind,  similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host  for the Church , from her they took their name. They are… More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

MadeinPistoia : cialde di Montecatini Terme ( Pistoia’s district thermal city)

Ever seen before? ever tried? A typical product from this thermal city in Tuscany that is Montecatini Terme, just 15km from Pistoia. Loved them since I was a child : simply as they are or together with ice cream, vin santo dessert wine or an espresso coffee or hot chocolate ….😋😋😋 They are made of… More MadeinPistoia : cialde di Montecatini Terme ( Pistoia’s district thermal city)

MadeinPistoia : multicolour cachemire made in Tuscany 

Pistoia is not only art & architecture , greenhouses & stunning landscapes but you can also find …fashion ! http://www.icashmerissimi.com produces beautiful & soft jumpers , gilets ,capes & scarfs, gloves , socks hats all made of cachemire, or silk & cachemire in fashionable multicolours both for women & men. Visited the outlet  in the Pistoia’s… More MadeinPistoia : multicolour cachemire made in Tuscany 

Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course!  ( or  maybe…. just fot this?😂😜) first of all for its location in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a stretegical basis  between North & South  : the actual Duomo square became in… More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Pinzimonio: what is it? how to taste just pressed extra virgin olive oil at its best!

Many foreign people that I met during the years have never heard about it! It’s just an easy & healthy way of eating raw vegetables dipping them in  extra virgin olive  oil 😋😋😋 from our Tuscan hills ( this was another present from Valeria ❤️💋thank you   soo much! pressed yesterday evening & straight away… More Pinzimonio: what is it? how to taste just pressed extra virgin olive oil at its best!

Su Gologone : a fantastic experience hotel with a unique charming atmosphere & a real Sardinian style!

As you know Sardinia is my second home in summer time since more than 40 years  but   I hadn’t ever been in this special hotel  before : just in the heart of Sardinia & surrounding by a gorgeous wild nature that fascinated me soooo much! Words can’t describe as beautiful it is & neither photos… More Su Gologone : a fantastic experience hotel with a unique charming atmosphere & a real Sardinian style!