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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Sailor Horizon!

(the sailor monument)
Livorno, the city of the Italian Naval Academy, where everybody has a sailor soul, since 2013 has a statue celebrating its seamen. This monument simply represents a sailor in real shapes, looking at the horizon, made in 1926 by Cesare Tarrini. It was restored and now placed close to the Naval Academy, on the sea promenade. […]

Elena Ferrante’s Naples : a photo wandering guide!

(not only Tuscany)
A novel, a book, a song…sometimes can be the excuse to plan a visit! Sometimes we travel in cities or places thanks to TV series, movies or pages. Personallythe first Isabel Allende’s books made me wish to take a plane and visit Chile, I fell in love with Australia thanks to INXS and Nick Cave, […]

The Florentine Cupid!

(people from florence)
My passion for photography is very linked to portraits and daily life. When I do tours in Florence one of the details I underline the most are street artists, painters, musicians or performers. This is part of the soul of this city. Or maybe a playful detail to see and observe, a moment when your […]

The voice of a food writer (or of a tour guide)!

I have been reading ” Juls’Kitchen” for years and I have met Giulia in many occasions, from cooking classes to a food writing seminar last September.One of the things I like most about Giulia is her concrete and direct way to describe a plate or food, not giving an impersonal list of ingredients but trying to […]

Livorno portraits

(people from livorno)
When I walk in a city I always observe the people working, expecially the old ones. I just imagine they have a special knowlegde and they take care of what they are doing. I always ask them sorry to take picture of them but personally I think photography is a great way to preserve memories […]