Food & pics: what a passion!

(eating also with eyes)
It is a long time since I have written my last post but this period is our low season, so I take time to relax, dedicate myself to my dear ones and passions and also to read, study and doing some courses. Never taken for granted what I have studied for my guide course, I […]

Tex Willer will save us!

(just put a mask on botticelli)
Happy New Year! Buon Anno!Blub, one of my favourite street artists has created a new drawing! Just remeber, Blub is the Florentine street artist that use to draw his character underwater and sometimes with a mask. Here we are with Tex Willer, the character created by Gian Luigi Bonelli and still edited by Sergio Bonelli. […]

“What’s the sea? It’s life” Massimiliano’s life story

(people from livorno)
Christmas time is always a good time for inspiring stories so this time I will dedicate a post to a fellow citizen, Massimiliano Mattei, born in 1976 and a true champion not only in sport but xpecially in life. He studied as a chef, he worked also in the Philippines and he has always loved […]

Boxing Day!

(i wish you a merry christmas....)
Have you had a serene Christmas? Here in Tuscany is raining and a cloudy day, one of those days you relax! Babbo Natale or better Santa Claus just passed with his gifts, here in Italy everywhere we have just run a food marathon…and the New Year’s Eve is on the way! VH1 is running Christmas […]

Reading in the history! Livorno new library at Bottini dell’Olio

(not only Florence)
Livorno, my city, can surprise you in many ways! In its historical district called “La Venezia” there is a very important structure, commissioned by the Medici family in 1705, called “Bottini dell’Olio”. The main purpose of this building was to stock oil (“bottino” is the an Italian word for tank), then it became a storage […]

my peanuts nativity ;-)

(it's christmas time)
One week to go and it will be Christamas! Well to tell you the truth I am starting feeling the atmosphere right now, seeing the friends and telling them “I wish you a merry Christmas”, eating “pandoro”, “panettone” and “panforte”…well I am just noticing that my three favourites Italian Christmas cake begin with the “pan” […]

The kids wondertaxi!

(tuscan people)
In Florence there is one of the most known Italian public paediatric hospitals, a national reference for complex cases. This hospital is called Meyer and gives care and assistance to very young patients and their families.While you are in Florence it can happen to see a very colourful taxi, called “Milano 25” with some comics […]

In Christmas we trust!

(it's christmas time)
Just two weeks for Christmas, before writing a letter to “Babbo Natale”, the Italian version of Santa Claus, I just try to feel the festivity mood, with some decorations. Living in a sea town sometimes I don’t have the sensation but there is a place where I can see around me reindeers, helpers, lights and […]

The cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna

(on michelangelo's footsteps)
Florence is the cradle city of Reneissance, Rinascimento in Italian, a word that has a wishful meaning: rebith, flowering. Many of the tourists I have been walking around with in the city, tell me “I can’t imagine I am walking on Michelangelo’s footsteps”. Yes sometimes I do have the same sensation, just looking around the […]

Blub: Art can swim!

(just put a mask on botticelli)
The importance of art in Florence is also shown in street art! While walking in Florence you find this “new” art everywhere…and we begin our trip inside it with Blub, a florentine artist that enjoys portraing famus people and paintings with underwater masks! His motto is “l’arte sa nuotare” that means “art can swim”: I […]