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 […]

It’s Christmas light!

(jingle bells florence)
Well, just exactly 1 month to Christmas days and our cities can’t escape the atmosphere! Also Florence and its downtown must follow this “rule”! Every year the building that nowadays hosts the florentine branch of “La Rinascente”, the most elegant department store, is always covered by a thick net of lights that makes it shining!So […]

Emiko and her “Silver Coast”

(not only Florence)
Three little reasons to write this post:I love Argentario, the Silver Coast, the southermmost part of Tuscany, I would say the wildest side, olive trees, wheat fields, little country towns, sea, sky and Giglio and Giannutri Islands in front of it. The Silver Coast is part of Maremma, the southern coastal area of Tuscany.I looooove […]

Just a sunny Fortress Monday in Livorno!

(not only Florence)
Livorno, Monday morning. It is not high season so we, tour guides, we can have more free time to see also the cities we live or we work in a more relaxed mood. I would describe my city as a slow city, a city you have to discover not in a hurry …The world “monday” […]

The Tuscan Sunflower Guide it’s me ;-)

(wh questions time)
Talking about yourself is not an easy task but I would like to introduce you some nice people I admire or I work with so I have to give the good example! When I was a kid one of my dreams was to become a journalist or a photographer, as you can see I do […]

The Clockmaker!

people from livorno
There are certain kinds of shops that are disappearing or changing because of our technical evolution. We used to have mechanical clocks but now with our mobiles those sounding machines, underlining the passing of the time sometimes could appear useless, meaningless…Personally when I see an “old kind of shop” I like to observe it and […]

windows and doors!

(just look around yourself ,-) )
Every country has is own way to make windows and to make light enter into a flat or a house.  And also the doors gives you some information about people’s daily life. Here in Tuscany and also elsewhere in Italy, we have this big windows protected by wooden shutters and we sometimes they are decored […]