Montecarlo di Lucca : a wine hamlet in Tuscany – wine festival until September 8th!

Yesterday evening I visited the 48th edition of this wine event called “Festa del vino”:
Montecarlo is such an amazing small village between Pistoia & Lucca known especially for its white wine but also for the red one .
Unfortunately not many tourists know this rich terroire of wineyards …hope with this post it can have more visibility on line😉because, as you could see from my photos, it is really a lovely place 😍❤️
Many wine estates on its hills covered by wineyards & stunning views on the valley around it.

Small producers for great wines!

The main street that cuts the village just in the middle was so crowed of tables hosting many people not only tasting wine but also having dinner with Tuscan products .
Loved the feeling of being in an hamlet that celebrates wine with mostly Italian people enjoying it sitting on the streets as it used to be in the past , at the end of a sunny day , as my grandparents did outside the main door chatting & drinking🍸🍸🍸🍷🍷🍷
Cin cin my friends from this lovely place!

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Visit & taste the highlights of Tuscany with this tour ( & with me 👍😉🍷)

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I have the pleasure to announce you this fab tour for the next spring 👍😉
A great Italian experience with lots of food, wine , art , shopping & of course …..fun!
I will be one of the local hosts & will be happy to share my beautiful region with you.
Have a look to the tour description, how you can resist to all this???😱😋😋🍝🍴🍦🍸🍷🌸🌿🌻🌅☀️🍇🍕☕️💒🏯
Click the link here 😉

http://www.postcardzfromvictoria.com/lets-go-italy-together/%E2%99%A5%EF%B8%8E-lets-dizcover-tuscanys-treasures-together-%E2%99%A5%EF%B8%8E/
http://goo.gl/dkHn4e

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Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”

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What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too.

Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies & a real source of inspiration for many artists since ever!
It’s not just an historical beautiful villa but also a great wine ( old cellers to visit & smell the scent! ) extra virgin oil & a fantastic dessert wine ( Vinsanto ) producer so that you can have everything you need to stop here, relax enjoy your eyes, heart & soul .
And the Italian garden : so perfect , so green so….stunning!
you can easly imagine long dressed ladies from the Renaissance period with sun umbrellas walking in this paradise on earth.
You can also sleep in the villa or in the farmhouse just close to it & try this special experience of living in the history for a while…
In 1993 it has been chosen as a location for the film “Much ado about nothing ” played by John Miller , “Mad Max “director😉
I had the pleasure to be featured in a book just in the same page of this prestigious location so I wanted a picture of me with ” Ciao Sweetie! How to vacation in a Tuscan farmhouse ” by Suzanne Stavinoha from Texas , in front of the same landscape painted by Leonardo .
Maybe my smile is no so intriguing as Monnalisa’s one but…….. I had drunk the Vignamaggio wine , so mine was much more satisfied than hers 👍😉😂😂👏👏🍷🍷🍷
For more info visit its web site:
www.vignamaggio.it
and now enjoy my picts!
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Sardinia : shopping & fun ( for ladies only !)at the seaside market

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What a better way to start a summer day than leaving our men on the beach & go to the market for some shopping & chats ?
Nothing!
So many original things on these stalls just in the small heart of , San Pantaleo , a village on the Emerald coast .
During the summer time it is so crowded…our men couldn’t really resist here more than 2 minutes😂😂😂but we…
we enjoyed it a lot !
Live music in the street, art gallery that shows original items, than engraved handmade paintings , ceramic pottery, clothes & food😉👍& ….the houses: so nice, original : summer artists’ retreats from all over the world.
Everything you can ask is here!
Enjoy

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Sardinia : goodbye my shepard!

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Since many years after having had a relaxing time on the Sardinian beach I used to drive until this simple big farmhouse near Paradise coast to buy the best sheep cheese ever tasted!
This time ,as in October I will lead a group from California in Sardinia & would love to visit him I’ve asked if he will be open in October : told me he will be open until December only as after 35 years of this hard job he is tired & wants to stop making cheese & looking after sheep.
None of his sons want to keep on his job & so, he will stop making this good sheep cheese & ricotta.
So sorry to hear this so I bought a lot of cheese to keep with me as longer as possible.
As soon as I arrived at home I tasted it paired with Vermentino fresh grapes, carasau crunchy bread & of course a cold glass of delicious Vermentino wine …so yummy!!
This is his simple shop & I took also a picture of him when he didn’t looked at me😉

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Sardinia : granite cave near the seaside

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Did you know since the Roman Era this granite was very popular all over the Mediterranean area?

The Romans had their caves just in this Northern part of the island & ship them to Rome.
Still today it is exported all over the world and this is one of the most requested kind of precious marble to make more beautiful & elegant bathrooms or kitchen or pavement or statues.
Have a look to this one , just few kilometres from the seaside….Sardinia always surprises & fascinates you!
Enjoy❤️🌈

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Typical cookies from Sardinia ,foodies’ wisdom!

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I love sweets , especially the simple ones with not colourings, no preservaties , no yeast (  if possible )and these traditional pastries are really my favourite ones!

Amaretti, formaggelle & reginelle ( a kind of savoiardi biscuits) are always  on my table for breakfast when I am in Sardinia .

Amaretti are very soft & made  mostly with almonds , not chruncy as  made in the Northern Italy , they are simply delicious for any occasion : from breakfast to after dinner with mirto digestive spirit

Formaggelle are small basket of unsweeted dought filled with a mix of eggs, sugar, ricotta cheese & raisins and a bit of lemon skin. Eaten warm are a real pleasure!!! Good as a break during the day & for breakfast too.

Reginelle are like savoiardi but with  a different finishing on the top but the taste is the same : soft and lightly sweet are perfect dipped in warm milk , just a quick dip as they are very very soft and you can see them disappearing into the milk😂😂😂 They are yeast & butter free  😋😉👍 just sugar, flour & fresh eggs .

They have been called savoiardi as they have been invented just for the Italian Royals , the Savoia family who had  beautiful villas in the island.

  Sardinia is a special place to me because it can offer not just a stunning  jump into the wild nature but also a real food experience made of hundred of products so special & tasty you couldn’t easily forget …from wine to cheese, from pastries to handmade pasta , to spirits made with mirto berries & honey …Sardinia is a foodies ‘ wisdom!! 

and so it is mine too👏👍😉😍❤️ 

    
 

Sardinia : a Sardinian lunch with happy milk products

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This is Sardegna : a happy milk paradise where cows are always around you , free & happy 😍👏, producing great milk and of course mozzarella & butter & cheese & ricotta & yougurt.

Today I decide to make a light fresh lunch with only Sardinian products : fresh tomatoes,mozzarella from Arborea  milk factory , basil, avocado ( not from here ) & extravirgin olive oil from Alghero , a beautiful location just few km from here. 

The Arborea factory called its butter a (Signor  ) Mr butter and its mozzarella a  (Signora )Mrs mozzarella to indicate the great taste & top quality of its products.

If you visit this island don t miss to try all these goodies👏👍😋😋😋  

P.S.  Fresh figs too that I love 😍full of sweet sun ☀️☀️☀️!

    
    

Sardinia : this sea belongs to me!

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This is my sea !
I belong to this
I am part of it
cannot imagine my life without it
my source of strenght
of energy
warmth

refilling my batteries walking on this beach
its waves ‘ sound is the best music
for my ears
the best scrub for my skin

beginning of every feeling
every thought
inspiration
life
dream
youth
forever

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Sardinia : the fishermen’s boats & nets

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Santa Teresa di Gallura : this morning I wanted to see the fishermen’s boats & their nets.
Love especially the old ones , they remind me my grandfather who liked to fish & to buy fresh fish directly from the boats early in the morning ( earlier than THIS morning! 😁).
Like to read their names : Moby Dick 🐳🐬🐳 , Ghost 👻👻and imagine who is the owner of each one.
Lovely memories again from this place : my love story with this island is so long to tell you but I am trying to show a bit of it throught my puctures as I live it inside my mind & my heart.❤️

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Sardinia : the free life of living in an island

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You don’t need many things to feel free & enjoy life here!
That’s what I really like of this place :
no make up !
just at night maybe if you go to dance or to a special dinner
no shoes !
just slippers, sandals or better ….bare feet
no elegant dresses !
just casual & informal ones
no hair dresser!
your hair are perfect as they appear , shining & soft , after a great bath in this wonderful clean sea
no timing !
just having breakfast, lunch & dinner whenever you decide to have it
no TV!
just books , radio, magazines, newspapers and of course a mobile but…. not everywhere you can have wi fi …sooooo DISCONNECTION !!👏👏👏👏
no stress!
just do what you want to do and when
no nail polish!
it’s better for your feet & hands to take all the minerals from the sea 😉

What you need here is just a good book ,a camera and an open eyes, nose, ears ,skin’s pores to absorb everything around you
a great mouth too as the food here is simply GREAT!!!
Regenerate yourself with few things and lots of love for people you decide to bring with you❤️💋🍸
The less you bring the more you will take within yourself 😍

Have a look what I wear & need for my vacations here….😉
Happy Sunday from Sardegna , island of freedom & peace!

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Sardinia : Vignola , a beach with an old tower

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Just few kilometres from my summer house there is one of my favourite beach : Vignola

when it’s very windy – and it happens very frequently – we drive until here and …. we can find a flat sea & no wind!
Some houses are just on the beach and the landscape from them is stunning.. you can see the Corse coast !
An old tower dominates the bay ..,whatelse we can ask to be happy?😍😍😍
Enjoy life & my picts!

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Sardegna : Porto Cervo a stunning restaurant on the Emerald coast

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Porto Cervo is a vip location & so it is this Brazilian restaurant overlooking a swimming pool in the middle of a gorgeous garden.
Food was basically made of grilled meat : many different cuts and simply delicious!
A big buffet with salads, potatoes, any kind of vegetables & starters.
Enjoy these picts!

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Sardinia : Santa Teresa’s colours fascinate me!

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Santa Teresa di Gallura is located in the Northen side of Sardinia: some doors are brand new, some still very old & it’s nice to see how much has changed this town year after year.
Close to an old house you can find a smart coloured renovated one & in the middle, always gorgeous flowers & fruit trees.🌺🌺🌸🌵🌴🌲🌲🌱An hybiscus tree taller than me !!
Did I already tell you this is such a special place to me?😉👍👏😂😂think so…
Enjoy my picts ❤️

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Sardegna : on a solitary beach …

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Just nature everywhere: sea, beach, rocks, sand,trees,flowers and stones…a deep blue sky , some good old friends and that’s it !
Simply everything you can ask to your vacations : a solitary beach with your family and best friends.
Love this island for its wind, its scented trees, its original stones & rocks , its wild side just outside the most known locations , its history , its art & past , its traditions .
Sardinian people are proud to belong to this region and so I am as it is part of my life since I was ten & my parents bought a small summer house here.
Fourty years ago it was different and we were diffident at the beginning as we didn’t know anything about this big island in front of Tuscany…then after the first meeting with locals and having seen the beach & the sea we fell in love with it and later my fiancè ( my husband now) decided to spend all our holidays here.
The story continues with my daughter who loves this island as much as us and have her friends here ( my friends’ children )😍😍😍

My great love for Sardinia is written here, in my blog & in my pictures❤️❤️❤️

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Sardegna : a typical dinner with seafood

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What a wonderful location just close to my home in Sardinia : flowers, fabulous food & fresh air !
An excellent white wine a Vermentino from Gallura that is in the north of the island where I am .
This wine is so sweet & delicate but strong at tge same time…I was drunk after few glasses but so happy!!!
Great food & lovely place 😍😍
Enjoy!

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 Sardinia : a real paradise on earth

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Don’t need too  words to describe this wild , stunning place : this is the view from my balcony , an explosion of colours and green that  leads you immediately in the mood of relax and peace….and the strong  wind! 

A wind typical of this northen area of Sardegna ,that brings you sea’s scent , flowers and plants aromas & confused your hair & thoughts because here is really another world made of simple , pure elements that only in here you can feel you  belong to them too

Enjoy!

   
    
    
    
 

Sardegna : my love affair , my summer retreat

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A big marvellous island almost in front of Tuscany , into the Mediterranean sea , with amazing white and pink beaches, rocks & scented mulicolours flowers ,bougaivillae , eucalyptus , mirto …simply wild nature !
Only blue sky & blue sea around you : when you are on the beach you can imagine to be in a Paradise
and this has been my summer house since I was ten : I spent here almost all my holidays & now that I am older I can’t miss my rendez-vous with it every July as my daughter loves this place as I do,my husband too : my old friends became my husband friends , their children are my children’s friends et… l’ histoire se répète every summer.
Meeting them in this amazing place made me feel young as the first time I saw this clean sea & fell in love with its windy air and its goodies , its people , its secret heart made of undiscovered treasures.
Enjoy !

Pistoia’s hills : lunch by Zummo cheese house & much more…

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Looking for a cooler  location where to have a good lunch & chats with my friends Rossella & Francesca we drove about 45 minutes on the Pistoia’s mountains direction ….Pavana!

Just next door  to the  Zummo trattoria there is the Savigni butcher shop  

www.savigni.comwho provides great hams, salami & charchuterie .Pairing these delicious meats with different kind of cheese ( blue cheese, goat fresh one ,raw sheep pecorino…)it has really  been  a paradise on earth for foodies as we are😉

The trattoria is a kind of cheese shop with an annex  with some tables to eat & taste their products .

Desserts are homemade & the cheesecake was a unforgettable creamy soft slice , not too sweet ,a very balanced flavour.

For a starter ,a pasta dish, dessert &   water , no wine ! , espresso coffee  = 27 ,00 euro per person, not bad at all 😉👍

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Pistoia : an exaordinary shopping night for sales !

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A wonderful time in Pistoia yesterday night : from 9 :00 pm until over midnight all the shops showed  their clothes & items  outside the door on the street & celebrate the sales’ beginning!

Some shops were so beautiful, live music in the street & lots of people enjoying shopping & fresher night air 😍😍😍 

Summertime is great when you can stay outside for dinner & have fun with shopping & friends , it looks like we are on holidays… with an icecream & lots of chats 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

    
    
    
    
    
    
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Firenze : Grand Hotel Minerva a roof with a view ( & swimmingpool) 

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Just behind the train station, in one of the most magic square of Florence , Piazza Santa Maria Novella, a 4 star hotel with a wonderful view on Florence !

Just have a look what  I saw from the roof ….

www.grandhotelminerva.com
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
  

Firenze : “House of excellences” top quality temporary mall  

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In an historical beautiful  palace that was the Florence Court , now hosts an exibition related to the Expo 2015 with Florentine excellent handcrafted products.

Free entrance for a stunning location with different kind of items , from necklaces in leather  to chocolate , shoes & much more, enjoy 😍😍😍😍

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Made in Pistoia :  “the green & the city ” yes , we can ! just 4 one day in Pistoia

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To celebrate my birthday what a better place than being  my birthtown with a green , fresh  carpet of grass in the city’s heart?

For just one day ,until midnight , as in Cindarella’s tale Pistoia was a green island in the so called ‘Sala’ imagedisimagetrict where is the city’s movida every week end.

This edition not only a zoo but yoga too & poems  hanging from the trees , an artistic exibition of original dresses made with newspaper & pic pic during the day!image image

Visited it early in the morning & could enjoy it with few people, at night it was really crowded.

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Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 

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“MOlino”  is the word we use to say mill in Tuscany “MUlino “is the correct Italian word😉

So, yesterday I was in an old mOlino  for lunch looking for fresh air & a cooler temperature as in the city it is too hot this summer😁🌴🌴☀️☀️☀️

The food was so good & the location just over a small   river called Orsigna so charming , I had to share my picts with you!

in about 40 minutes driving from Pistoia we find ourselves in such a paradise …a silent  & peaceful place to relax & spend a birthday party : mine !!!

Enjoy now !www.montagnatoscsna.org
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Pistoia market : shoes & bare feet

Where do you try  shoes at the market ? on the floor , of course! 

Usually on a piece of paper  so the soles will stay clean 👍😉

So funny to try a pair of shoes in the street! Everybody can watch at you( as I did this morning & took some picts without been seen )bare feet & shoes , the right one is black , the left white  …will they buy them? or …..

“girls just wanna  have fun !”

😂😂😂💃🏽💃🏽👠👠👠👞👟👢👡👡👠👢

    
    
    
    
 

Tuscany : Castenuovo Garfagnana a small hamlet on Lucca’s mountain

Such a nice village with great view over the river & with very fresh air : in summer time is full of tourists & locals from Lucca or from the seaside , Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi.

Loved the old doors & the Carrara marble fountain at the hamlet village .

Many Italo – American people have roots in this area : many Italians emigrated in the last century in various States  to find a better job & life .

Nowadays  many of them have a second home  in this this area ( my friends from New Mexico usually come here at least two times per year enoying this beautiful place! )

Enjoy my picts ! 

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Florence :  Elisabeth Barret Browning house museum – love story &  poems, an Italian life

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Finally after many years I was able to visit this special museum I ‘ve only seen on internet .

Such a great emotion to discover Elisabeth ‘s books, fornitures & letters, her bed & seeing frim the same  view she could see from her balcony😍😍😍

The great love for her husband , the poet Robert Browing, brought her to Florence with him ,leaving England , London , and her family  to live with her beloved Robert who wasn’t very much liked by her father..so it was a love escape!

So in 1845 they got married & moved  to Florence living in this house called Casa Guidi just close to palazzo Pitti .

I loved so much reading some lovely  letters written by Elisabeth about FOOD in Firenze , so interesting reading about Chianti wine she drunk & coffee , coffee coffee!!!👏👏👏She had great time in Italy & lived just like a real Italian , or I should say a real Tuscan lady 😉

She died in Florence in 1861 & buried in the English Cemetery in Piazzale Donatello in Firenze .
This sonnet  is one of her most  known , hope you will love it !❤️❤️❤️

If thou must love me, let it be for nought 

Except for love’s sake only. Do not say 

‘I love her for her smile—her look—her way 

Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought 

That falls in well with mine, and certes brought 

A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’— 

For these things in themselves, Beloved, may 

Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought, 

May be unwrought so. Neither love me for 

Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,— 

A creature might forget to weep, who bore 

Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! 

But love me for love’s sake, that evermore 

Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Made in Pistoia : enjoy July with Pistoia Blues Festival!

Since I was child July was a very happy  month for me : first of all because of my birthday on the 5th 🎉🎊🎁🎁🎁🎂🎂🎉than , on the 25th the patron’s celebration – Sant’ Jacopo   -with Giostra dell Orso ( a kind of Palio in Siena : an horse race in the main square of Pistoia with historical clothes)and a parade in the central streets representing the four  ‘rioni ‘ – quarters – of the town .

This was the so called : Luglio ( July ) Pistoiese !

When I became a girl ( many years ago 😁) exactly  in 1980 a new event started  in my quiet city : www.pistoiablues.com 

A lot of strange people ( hippies) came here just to hear blues music  & our provincial town wasn’t ready to accept & to understand the chance of a making a great business with concerts .

Our narrow  streets were full of these long hair  prople so that many shops preferred to shut down  their doors instead of selling because a bit scared about this amazing kind of people …

Year after year Pistoia blues became very  well know event even outside Tuscany for this annual summer festival and many visitors come here every July to attend to the concerts. 

The kind of public also changed with years : no more teints in public gardens as beds  but all our hotels , b&b & farmhouses inside & outside the city center are completely booked  now & all the shops are open …😉

Today ,  36 years  later after its first concert , Pistoia opens its doors  to the Pistoia Blues Festival with no more just a week-end of music  as at the beginning , but from July 1st until 24th Pistoia will host many famous singers & players such as   Sting, 

Hozier,

Santana ,

Passengers & many more! 

So…let’s visit Pistoia in July & you will find art , food , wine and ….music !!!🎼🎺🎸🎷🎹🎻🎤🎧🎵

   
    
    
   

Pistoia :il Pollo d’Oro since 1963 a family run Pizzeria ,same location, same top quality!

A perfect restaurant  pizzeria  for pizza lovers (wood fire ) and every kind of Tuscan food, from pasta to seafood and homemade desserts , big mix salads and Tuscan beer made in a small brewery , tagliata meat steak , original starters with Parmigiano mousse and creamy buffalo mozzarella  and many more options !

Just decide if you want a white pizza( ever tried without tomato sauce and only mozzarella cheese and salad, salami or ham ,porcini mushrooms and arugola? ) or a big calzone filled with many fresh ingredients or a big double pizza called pane arabo , a speciality with more than 20 ingredients from rice to mushrooms and spicy salami…more seated outside under big umbrella , inside a nice room  with air cond

A nice welcoming tavern that was a old celler in the past now hosts many tables where you can have dinners with friends or with collegues or to celebrate a birthday in privacy and with a rustic atmosphere.

More than 80 seated places in total for a special dinner to be remembered !

don’t miss it when you visit Pistoia . open every day starting from 6.00 pm until midnight.

http://www.ilpollodoro.com

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Dinner by il Pollo d'oro hands & pizza
Dinner by il Pollo d’oro hands & pizza

Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

The word “norcino” comes from a small town , Norcia , in Umbria region  in central /south Italy & means coming from Norcia.

Starting from the Middle Age in this area of Italy there were many  norcini  (a sort of  butchers specialized  in pork meat  only : experts of making  sausages ,ham,salami & everything coming from the pork .They were very good in cutting  & chosing  the best part of the  animal , adding salt pepper +other natural aromas to preserve it & they were very requested both in Tuscany & in Lazio regions for this job.

That’s what I am  going to show you today a real Norcino  in Pistoia : open in 1937 , since 1976 Mr Agostino Desantis runs this small butchery shop in the heart of Pistoia’s food centre , the so called “la sala” district offering a huge choice of deli products.

Sonia welcomes me with her beautiful smile & gives me the best fillet pork filled with a mix of aromatic herbs ( a secret receipe by Agostino) that makes a simple piece of meat a delicious tasty meal!

I cooked it without adding anything else, just into the oven as it is & in about 40 minutes it was done: tender, good ,scented,healthy 😉👍eith some vegetables is a complete lunch.

You can see how many products Agostino sells & prepears with his hands (fresh sausages to be eaten  as the are on a slice of  bread , ever tried? not cooked …..they are simply a must to taste !!) : a new enter is now the chicken 👏

Enjoy this typical Italian food shop , NOT for vegetarian , of course!

   
                             

Florence stadium : Tiziano Ferro concert & his gay pride

Some friends, some food ( of course! ) some drink, a lot of music & fun & people of every age around us : teens , as my daugther ( that was there too arrived 7 hours 😱😱😱before the beginning with her friends) & middle age people,as us😊😊

www.tizianoferro.com
Tiziano Ferro is a young Italian pop singer born in Latina ( small town south of Rome)in his poetical songs you could feel how hard could have been being a gay in Italy during the past & even now…in almost all his songs you can feel his sorrow about friends who didn’t support him, accept him for just  what he is. 

He declared his omosexuality  just some years ago both  to the press & to his public , of course . Being a very handsome man many fans were disappointed but ….they still follow him 😉😊

His coming out wasn’t  a common thing at all , being in Italy the public opinion is always very suspicious about such ‘strange  behaviours’ , we are more used to do things without  saying…hidden instead of showing : maybe is because of our mentality , our past education  made mostly by priests & nuns ( and about this there would be A LOT to say about omosexuality!!!😱😱😱😱)

Last Tuesday , June 23rd , I was in this stadium with about 40.000 people & during the concert Tiziano Ferro announced one of his song saying : 

NOBODY  has to be ashamed to love someone ! 

the public applaused him as his declaration was so strong & his message of freedom of equality in rights was so clear & he started singing the song titled : Scivoli di nuovo that you can hear a bit here in my video .

This was some day BEFORE the declaration of  marriage equality in the United States, so I think he will be very happy now even if he moved to London some years ago for his carreer , sure, but also because London is a very open minded city since ever!😜
Enjoy the video & the picts🔝🔝🔝 

                       

Firenze : old  portals & gates 

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Cannot resist to stop immaginating how can be the daily life behind  the big doors & old gates : old buildings with an history , a prestigious  past lived with noble duties & privileges …

Nowadays how could be the life of people living inside these historical palaces?

Just imagine the insides as I do dreaming about watchting at their façades!

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

San Frediano : a charming street in Florence 

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Walking   in Florence & falling in love with a street : yes it is possible if you just forget for a moment the most glam street & you  cross the river Arno & just let you lead from the San Frediano quarter…your eyes will be full of beauty in a minute & your nose too could smell unforgettable scents!

Can’t explain how impressive was for me one of these shops : I passed two times in front smelling the flowers’ parfum outside the main door & then ,only after the second time I decided to go inside attracted as it were a real person…amazing! and inside , I knew! ,was even better!!

It reminded me the Marais quarter of Paris , France , an elegant & special area with beautiful & classy shops.

Have a look with me ..😉do you agree?

   
                                             

Made in Pistoia : The  first STREETFOOD in Pistoia!

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Here we are : one of the most important road of Pistoia , the so called , at the beginning of last century ,  “camionabile”  – from camion = truck in English  – because it was the first big direct road that was leading to  Bologna  , the North of Italy – in a quick  way crossing the town without touching the historical center, so that all the trucks travelling through Pistoia could use this rectilinear way👍

So, what a better location to host STREETFOOD trucks? 😉👍👍great idea!

This is the Viale  ( alley in English ) Adua  a very  pulsant commercial district of Pistoia  lots of  shops,Banks & of course department stores!

Yesterday , Sunday afternoon from 6 :00 pm until midnight ,  for this special event the Viale Adua was partly closed to cars & became a pedestrian area 🚶🏼🚶🏼👫👭👣👣🐾🐾🎈🎈🌿🌿🌲

Last evening it hosted the first STREETFOOD event & it was a success, many visitors even from outside Pistoia’s district .

Compliments to www.webtitude.it 👏👏👏 for the great organization !when the next  one edition? 

Enjoy life & my picts now😉❤️

   
                                                   

MadeinPistoia : ever tasted warm  ricotta  cheese just made by a real shepherd ?

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An unforgettable  sensorial experience that includes smell , taste & sight : visiting a small family run cheese factory on Pistoia’s hill.

A slow food product called :’raw milk pecorino cheese ‘ entirely made with sheep milk not boiled, to preserve the aroma & the proprieties of the fresh milk . 

Hand made , organic , healthy , organic , tasty : could you ask more to a cheese? 

yes , to see how it is really made! 

This is what you can see here & also ricotta cheese with its typical light flavour that only pure, simple goodies can offer you since centuries, still made in the same old way.

Taste it warm is one of the best experience in life : you could never forget how smooth it is & how it brings you back to the past when everything seemed to be pure , white & perfect as this product .

Ricotta in Italian means : ‘cooked twice’ as it is the result of the second  heating of the milk  after having made cheese.

Daniele is a young shepherd & decided to carry on his  family business started first with his grandfather , with his  girlfriend Valentina : an entire life dedicated to sheep as they are part of the family and can never stay alone!

He looks after them , loving them & finding for them new fields where to eat better  fresh grass, keeping them  in the shadow during the day, moving to  another location during the night, trying to protect  them from the wolfs , yes as on children tales ! we also have this pradator in our hills so close to town, amazing…

 Sheeps  know Daniele & he knows them : he has some favourites too , some wearing red ribbons just to make them nicer ! they are not afraid of him , he can touch them & when he talks to them it’s look like they understand him . Daniele’s father & grandfather won many awards beacause of sheep beauty, shape & as good milk producer.

Daniele is modern shepherd with a great love for animals & tradition , a way of living crossing montains early every morning , everyday , with his dogs &  about 200 followers that are not virtual as on Facebook , but real and  running on the Mother Earth 🌏to give us an extraordinary product really made with love and passion.
enjoy my Flipgram & picts!

    
                     

A Tuscan wine tasting in a farmhouse with a view on the ‘balze’ – Volterra 

Wonderful view 

eyes open

over this landscape

 

A perfect silence around us

no cars

no people

just birds

the green of the vineyards

the olive trees 

orange old stones for a typical

farmhouse

hills made of clay…

called ‘balze’ 

Badia San Giusto overlooking the valley

an unreal atmosphere 

but it’s here

it’s Tuscany  

in 2015   

same stunning nature

since ever

helped by centuries of Tuscan men’s hard work 

as in 

www.agriturismo-marcampo.com
here a picture with Genuino del Duca & me 

owner of the Agriturismo that produces great wines such as :100% Merlot ( Giusto alle Balze) 50%Merlot 50% Sangiovese (Marcampo ) grappa & extra virgin olive oil and they make wine tasting every day on prior  booking paired with home made cured meat ( one salami heart fat  shaped😍)

A perfect stay in the heart of Tuscany ❤️for peaceful & relaxing place with goodies frim the Earth.

enjoy!

                      
             

MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my  tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany

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www.caffenewyork.it
If you are a  coffee lover or simply a coffee addicted you can’t miss this roastery’s experience.

Open & run  by the same family since 1930 in Montecatini Terme ( 15 km from Pistoia  ) & now settled in Pistoia , opened  its doors to me & my clients to show us how to roast the beans coming from South  America & then taste a small creamy espresso Italian way : standing 😉🔝☕️

A special aromatic scent in the air , as being immerse  in a coffee cup ! A coffee cup with 80 years of history…

They produce  different kind of coffee , both for moka as for bar , for home use & professional machines,  vending house & office , capsules with machine in loan for  use , in beans or  grounded , decaffeinated, fair trade organic ones, rare coffee blends ….you   can find them in Pistoia’s best groucery shops & in some department food  stores in Pistoia.

Exported in many Countries ( Canada, France,Germany, Japan , South Africa )

but not  in US : maybe it’s time to have a New York café in New  York city, what do you think?? I am sure it would be a good combination of  top quality , top location , top café with an American name & an Italian heart❤️

Who is interested in this new challenge?? Maybe ME :  I’d love to open a small cosy Italian corner on the HighWay or in the Village …selling & serving New York coffee Italian way 👍😉

Enjoy my picts now & my clients’ satisfied faces during this unforgettable experience MADEINPISTOIA.

Roasting…and smelling!

    

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