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It sure is Cold!

Giovanni Battista Giorgini

The Winter ’17 editions of Pitti Uomo and Pitti Bimbo have passed and the fashion ‘carnival’ has now moved on to Paris.  In the January edition of This Tuscan Life, you can read about the history of Pitti and the man, Giovanni Battista Giorgini who started it all. You can see some photos from the Giorgini Archives which help to translate the elegance of these early fashion shows.  I was fortunate to have met Giorgini’s grandson who shared some of his early memories in Florence when Italian fashion was so sought after.

During Pitti, iconic Florentine porcelain manufacturer, Richard Ginori together with well known street fashion photographer, The Sartorialist, were hosting a complimentary breakfast featuring these gorgeous printed paper coffee mugs below.  The food was delicious and I regret not returning for a follow-up visit.  There were four designs to choose from and I really wanted to walk away with all four!  Now a ceramic version of this would be amazing!

These last few weeks in Florence have been incredibly cold and I am yearning for the Spring and her warmer temperatures to arrive.  I am tired of piling on the Winter layers and keeping track of the boys’ beanies, scarves and gloves while taking forever to even get out the door in the morning!

One thing to help brighten the mood is the arrival in the loca bakeries of the sweet Carnival treats like Cenci, Frittelle di Riso and Schiacciata alla Fiorentina.  I’ll be sharing recipes for these three delights in February’s issue of This Tuscan Life so stay tuned but to tempt you a little bit here are some photos to give you an idea of the delights in store.






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Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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These delicious soft square pillows of ravioli filled with mashed potato, cheese, garlic and parsley are more commonly known in Tuscany as Tortelli Mugellani, the famous Tortello from Mugello! If you haven’t tried these yet, then add them to your list of ‘must-taste’ when you next travel to this region known as the ‘Green Valley of Tuscany’. 

Barberino di Mugello is a small town found an easy thirty minute drive along the A1 from Florence or 45 minutes from Bologna. For those of you that know me well, you’ll understand one of the things that I find special about visiting Barberino…….. Did someone say Designer Outlet?


A creative, food & fashion loving mamma of two boys with a passion for all things Italian. 


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