My First Giveaway! “Masseria the Italian Farmhouse of Puglia”… a Beautiful Book Waiting for You!!!

THIS COULD BE YOURS!!!

I am thrilled to announce my very first giveaway!!!

Last month, I posted “A cultural evening at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC”, an event to celebrate the publication of  the book  “Masseria – The Italian Farmhouse of Puglia“, published by Rizzoli.

At the end of that evening, I purchased a copy of the book and I have enjoyed it very much since. Not to mention that it looks great on my Italian marble credenza!

The book is full of stunning pictures by Mark Roskam – Miami-based photographer who specializes in architecture and interior design – and it is introduced by Diane Lewis – professor of design at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture – who also provides a short description of each Masseria.

The Italian region of Puglia, on the Southeast coast,  is known as the “tacco d’Italia” , the “heel of Italy”, and “the masseria building is one element among the roads, wells, towers, walls, courtyards, and gates that collectively, comprise a refined architectural landscape across Puglia” (excerpt from book).  As I mentioned in my previous post, the masseria is a sort of fortified farmhouse and they are are mostly located along the Via Appia (Appian Way) – the ancient Roman road.

This is indeed a beautiful coffee table book, but it is more than that; it transports you into beautiful landscapes of vineyards and olive groves, takes you back in time in the Magna Grecia and the Roman Empire, and mostly, makes you wish you were there!

I love the book so much that I thought it would be awesome if I could share it with one of my faithful followers and lovers of Italy.

During the evening at the Embassy of Italy I met signora Cristina Rizzo, book’s project director, she seemed charming and kind yet I was hesitant to contact her. Finally, few weeks ago, I plucked up my courage and contacted signora Rizzo, I shared my idea of a giveaway, and asked her to donate one copy of the book for that purpose. Signora Rizzo, without hesitation, kindly agreed to donate the book and I am excited to say that I have just received the precious copy, which is now sitting right here next to me, waiting for a new home . . . it could be yours!

Would you like to be the lucky winner?

Here’s how to enter the contest:

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DETAILS:

  • This giveaway will remain open until July 21 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • One  winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
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Good Luck to Everyone!!

Grazie Mille Signora Rizzo for donating the book!

If you are not the lucky one to receive the free copy of the book, you can order your copy here.

In a meanwhile enjoy few more pictures from the book.

FTC Disclosure

I have not received any compensation for posting this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein.  I have purchased my own copy of the book and reviewed it. Mrs. Cristina Rizzo – book’s project director – has donated the book for this giveaway. I will personally pay for the book’s shipment to the contest’s winner.  My opinions are 100% my own.

Related post : A cultural evening at the Embassy of Italy, Washington DC

A Tuscan Borgo, Pienza

Last year, in May, after five days in Florence, my husband and I spent three days in the Tuscan countryside. We stayed in Cortona and from there we took some daytrips. Cortona is a wonderful Medieval town itself and I shall, in the near future, write a post about it. Today, however, I want to share with you my day in Pienza.

Pienza is in the province of Siena, in the magnificent Val d’Orcia. In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire Val d’Orcia was included on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes.

Hard to believe, this was my first time in Pienza. During my freshman year as architectural student, I had taken a class on History of Renaissance Architecture.

My 30 years old textbook

Pienza, which is considered a model of Renaissance architecture/urbanism, was studied in great detail.

So much so, that once I was there I felt like I knew the place by heart: the piazza, the chiesa, the palazzo; all, except for the view of the valley that, from 1600ft above sea level, was simply amazing.

Until 1462, the village was called Corsignano and it was the birthplace of Silvio Piccolomini, who later became Pope Pius II. In February 1459, Pius II visited his native borgo (village) and decided to rebuilt it as his ideal residence. He hired the most famous Florentine architect – at the time –   Bernardo Rossellino.

The Pope and the architect, without disturbing the original medieval village, which is aligned along a road on the crest of the hill, freed a large area – closer to the Orcia Valley – to build a group of monumental buildings. The architectural landmarks are: Cattedrale dell’Assunta (Cathedral), Palazzo PiccolominiPalazzo Borgia, and Palazzo Pubblico, all surrounding the magnificent Piazza Pio II (Pio II Square). The Piazza, unlike others, has a trapezoid shape, emphasized by herringbone paving divided into panels by strips of travertine. The travertine is also used to shape a circle within the paving.

Do you know that if the façade of the cathedral was laying flat on the square, the occhio centrale (the central eye, the round window) would line up with the circle on the paving?

The cathedral is located on the hill’s ridge and turns the apse to the valley and  over the ridge. 

Arriving in the square, the façade is framed between the diverging walls of Palazzo Piccolomini and Palazzo Borgia.

The space appears contained and grandiose at the same time. On either side of the church, two large openings hint at the vast open space of the valley. And how could I not mention the pozzo (well), off the center, close to the Palazzo and in perfect proportion with the whole . . . my favorite element.

Il Pozzo

The church, inside, is divided into three naves, the largest one in the middle, but all three of equal height. The design was inspired by both the German Hallenkirchen  – Pius II had visited the German church in Austria – and the description of Leon Battista Alberti’s ideal temple.

After visiting the church, my husband and I visited Palazzo Piccolomini, which is truly beautiful. As you enter, you are welcome into a spacious courtyard.

While the palazzo may appear similar to its contemporary Florentine palaces, with its three quadrangular shaped floors and courtyard, it has an new unique element: a panoramic loggia.

The loggia occupies the entire North façade and connects the palace to the giardino – remember, Frank Lloyd Wright was not born yet!

The Sala delle Armi overlooks both the courtyard and the loggia, where you will be amazed by the expansive view of the Val d’Orcia and the Monte Amiata.

As usual, my husband and I had lost track of time. After 3:00pm in Italy – take note of this – it is hard to find an open restaurant. So, at 2:55pm, the only place that agreed to let us sit was “Sperone nudo”. We sat outside in the small square and although the service was a little rushed, the food was good and the atmosphere enchanting. The table next to us was occupied by American tourists who after a brief conversation, realizing that I was an Italian living in the States, asked for suggestions on the menu`. Luckily, they were all pleased with mine/their selections!

We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling around the borgo, stopping for gelato – of course – and browsing all the little shops.

Pienza is also famous for its homonymous Pecorino cheese. I bought two round cheese blocks and I gave them to my brothers as a gift.

Before leaving we wanted to enjoy one last view of the surrounding landscape and we could not have found a better place than a  walking path, next to the town walls on the south side . . . beautiful!

Narrow street to the walking path

How lovely would be to wake up every morning to this view!

Three Days in Florence . . . Day Three

Cloister of Santa Maria NovellaHere we are, our last day in Florence. If you have just joined me for My three days in Florence you might want to follow My path for DAY ONE and DAY TWO.

TRE GIORNI A FIRENZE

DAY THREE:

Today we start from Museo di San Marco. The museum occupies the oldest part of the Dominican convent, rebuilt by Michelozzo between 1436-1446. Friar Giovanni da Fiesole, known as Fra Angelico, lived in the convent first in 1387 and then from 1400 to 1455. During those years he enriched the building with a cycle of paintings. The name “Angelico” came from the grace of the friar’s brushstroke, but also from his goodness: the Church, in fact, declared him Beato (Beatus) in 1982. You can start your visit from the chiostro (cloister) and the loggia. Right at the entrance you are introduced to Fra Angelico’s first fresco: San Domenico adoration of the crucifix. Enter the Ospizio dei Pellegrini ( Pilgrim’s hospice) and admire Fra Angelico’s painted work on wooden panels. The colors are just magnificent and so is the use of the perspective, visible even in the small format’s panels. The Sala Capitolare (Chapter Hall) houses the Crucifixion. These are all beautiful works; nothing, however, could prepare you to the view that expects you at the corner of the first flight of stairs leading to the cells: The Annunciazione (Annunciation), just breathtaking! I was personally in awe . . . I cannot even describe it.

Take your time to admire this fresco and then move to the cells, each of which is adorned with its own fresco. Before you leave, on the first floor, you stop by the book shop which is adorned by a fresco by the Ghirlandaio depicting the Last Supper.

Outside, on the opposite side of the Piazza, is the Galleria dell’ Accademia. I am not, however, heading there today. I am heading instead to Via Cavour, 3: the entrance to Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

The Palace traces four century of Florentine’s art, architecture and collections. The focal point is the fifteenth-century courtyard by Michelozzo. Here, is where Lorenzo the Magnificents’ sumptuous wedding was held.

The palace’s jewel, however, is the Cappella dei Magi (The Chapel of the Magi) on the upper floor. Benozzo Gozzoli was the artist who frescoed the chapel’s wall with the magnificent image of the cavalcade of the Magi.

Time to head to the market! From Palazzo Medici, make a right on Via de’ Ginori and follow the road to the Mercato Centrale. On your way, you will also pass through the Mercato di San Lorenzo. The crowd could be overwhelming, but you can get some good deals on small leather accessories, such as wallets and hand bound journals (I love those). You are now in front of the Mercato Centrale. The construction was completed in 1874 to satisfy the need of  larger market space – compared to the Mercato Nuovo, remember ? Where the Porcellino is. The building, with its light, glass and ghisa (cast iron), structure sitting on top of a stone base, is a perfect synthesis of old and new. Once inside, the light  coming in from the large windows above, makes you feel like you are in an open market. The market is great for tasting some of Florence’s specialties, including trippa (tripe), porchetta, panino with prosciutto or finocchiona. The market has been slowly becoming a tourist attraction, yet it still holds the old fashion feeling and offers good quality products.

From the Mercato, we will take a short walk to Piazza Santa Maria Novella, dominated by the homonymous church, and once serving as the track for the Palio dei Cocchi, chariot races, organized by Cosimo I. The church of Santa Maria Novella is the home of the Dominicans. The lower half of the façade is in Romanesque style and was started in the 1300s. Leon Battista Alberti finished the façade, adding a classically inspired Renaissance top that created a Cartesian plane of perfect geometry.

Unlike the exterior, the interior appears rather Gothic.

Just past the pulpit, on the left wall, is Masaccio’s Trinità. In this painting, Masaccio was the first ever to use the rule of linear perspective.

Hanging in the nave’s center is Giotto’s Crucifix, which is just beautiful!

Behind the main altar, in the Tornabuoni Chapel,  you can admire a cycle of fresco by Ghirlandaio. The frescos depict the Life of the Virgin and the Life of St. John the Baptist; they, however, also provide a snapshot of the era’s daily life and personages.

From this church’s pulpit, in 1614, Galileo was denounced for his heretical theory that the Earth revolved around the sun.

The complex of Santa Maria Novella also includes three cloisters, open to the public as museum. The Chiostro Verde (Green cloister), is the best known and it is truly picturesque with its cypress-surrounded fountain.  It is named for the greenish tint in the pigment used by Paolo Uccello in his frescoes, of which the most celebrated is the dramatic Diluvio Universale (The Flood) .

Through this cloister you can also enter the Cappellone degli Spagnoli (Spanish Chapel) that assumed this name when it became the private chapel of Eleonora of Toledo.

This summer, after being closed to the public for many years, the more intimate Chiostro dei Morti (Cloister of the deaths) will also reopen.

Before heading to the Uffizzi, we must take a quick stop to the Officina Profumo -Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.

Founded in 1612, this is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Here you will be inebriated by the smell of the essential oils, soaps, lotions, and perfumes still produced following the old procedures of the Dominican friars. The space itself is lovely and the small museum is very interesting.

Time to head to the Uffizzi.

The Galleria degli Uffizzi was built for Cosimo I by his preferred architect, Vasari, and originally served as the uffici (offices) of the Grand Duchy. Later, Cosimo’s son Francesco transformed the top floor into a gallery for some of his own art collection, giving birth to the first museum in the world! Today, the Uffizzi houses one of the most beautiful art collections in the world. I will not attempt to walk you through the museum’s halls. Walk at your own pace, pause  before the Madonnas by Botticelli and Lippi, or the Birth of Venus and the Primavera (Botticelli), but don’t dismiss works like the Annunciation by Simone Martini, which is not less fascinating. The Uffizzi also houses the only known painting on canvas by Michelangelo: The Holy Family, also known as Tondo Doni, named for its round shape and the Doni family that commissioned it.

In 1565, Cosimo I asked architect Vasari to build a corridor to connect Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, crossing the Uffizzi. This was to be the wedding gift for his son Francesco. The corridor, known as Corridoio Vasariano, is one kilometer long and it crosses right over Ponte Vecchio, where it sits on top of the goldsmiths’ shops.

Ponte Vecchio’s row of square windows dotting the Vasari Corridor

Along the corridor is a collection of self-portraits with more than seven hundred paintings.  You will also enjoy the most unusual views of the city and the Arno river from the tiny windows dotting the exterior wall. The corridor’s walk ends just outside the Giardini di Boboli.

The Boboli Gardens are usually open until 7:30 PM, it’s up to you to take a walk through the gardens or just head to your last dinner in Florence until your next time!

NOTE: You can only visit the Vasari Corridor booking (well in advance) a guided visit directly through Polo Museale Fiorentino or a touring company of your choice (I have my preferences and I will share with you by request).

Of course, My three days in Florence don’t give justice to all there is to see in this beautiful city. It is, however, a snapshot of some of my personal favorites.  My tours can be customized based on your interests and likes and I would love to share with you more of my faves!

MY FAVORITE STOPS TO TICKLE YOUR TASTE BUDS:

These are within today itinerary

GELATO:

Grom, Via delle Oche, 24r

Gelateria dei Neri, Via dei Neri, 20

LUNCH:

Mario, Via Rosina, 2

Focaccine, Via dell’Ariento, 85r

Nerbone, inside the Mercato Centrale

DINNER:

Il Latini, Via dei Palchetti, 6r

Cambi, Via San Onofrio, 1r

Golden View Open Bar, Via dei Bardi 58r (ask for a table by the window or on the tiny balcony, the view is spectacular). Good seafood.

I would love to read your comments! Where would you like to go next?

Three Days in Florence . . . Day Two

Ponte Vecchio

I hope you enjoyed My Day one of our Three days in Florence and I trust you are ready for day two.

Last Spring when I was in Florence I stayed at the Pitti Palace Hotel; My room was not the best, the hotel, however, is located right on Ponte Vecchio and, best of all, it has a roof terrace where you can have breakfast while admiring the beautiful view. Nothing better to start your day! So let’s go!

Tre Giorni a Firenze

DAY TWO:

Today we start our tour from the Cappelle Medicee (Medici’s Chapels) in Piazza degli Aldobrandini (this is also the back entrance of the church of San Lorenzo). The Cappelle Medicee represent, since 1869, both a civic museum of Florence and the burial place of the Medici family. They occupy some areas of the Chiesa  di San Lorenzo. The Medici were the Florentine family that dominated the political scene of the city for more than three centuries, beginning in the early 1400s.

The museum is structured in two main areas: Sacrestia Nuova and Cappella dei Principi.

The Sacrestia Nuova (New Sacristy), was the first architectural work of Michelangelo and includes the monuments for Giuliano and  Lorenzo dei Medici. The impressive Cappella dei Principi (Princes Chapel), was designed to host the funerary monuments of the Medici family. The monuments are decorated with 4 allegorical statues: the Day, the Night, the Twilight and the Aurora. The space is entirely covered with marbles of different color and origin. Nothing simple in this room that at that time was considered one of the wonders of the world!

After visiting the Chapels you can walk in the church.

San Lorenzo was built on an early church that was consecrated in 393 AD. It was then rebuilt in Romanic style around the 1000s. Giovanni di Bicci, Lorenzo de’ Medici’s grandfather, decided to transform the little medieval church into a family temple, and hired Brunelleschi for the work. Brunelleschi, however, did not finish the work and left the façade unfinished. Michelangelo designed the interior façade, the sacristy and the library. By Donatello are the sculptures in the Sacrestia Vecchia (Old Sacristy). I personally love the Sacrestia Vecchia with its simple geometry, its clean lines, and its white walls bordered with grey pietra serena. The height of the dome makes it for a transcendent space. The sacristy houses the tombs of Cosimo il Vecchio, his parents and his children.

From the left nave of the church you can access the Libreria Laurenziana (Laurentian Library), founded by Cosimo il Vecchio  (de’ Medici) and enlarged by Lorenzo il Magnifico.

From Piazza San Lorenzo take a right on Borgo San Lorenzo and arrive in Piazza del Duomo.

Take in this overwhelming space. So much to look at: Il Battistero di San Giovanni (St. John’s Baptistery), il Campanile di Giotto (Giotto’s Bell Tower), and of course, the immense Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral).

I could probably write one full post for each one of this landmark, plus one just for the Dome, but for the purpose of this tour (remember we only have three days) I am moving along based on my preferences. So, feel free to visit the Baptistery or to climb the Bell Tower – I have done it once . . . I though I was going to die. I did, however, take some beautiful pictures!

So today, I am heading right to the Porta della Mandorla del Duomo (North side) to access the Cupola (Dome). The Cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore is the biggest masonry dome in the world. The dome was designed by Brunelleschi whose tomb is in the Cathedral ‘s crypt. There are 463 steps to the base of the lantern of the dome but you will have a beautiful view of Florence and, more importantly you will be able to see the majestic frescos of the Il Giudizio Universale (The Last Judgment) by Vasari and Zuccari.

With its 3600 square meter this is the largest surface ever frescoed. You will also be able to look, from above, at the geometry of the marble floor below.

After the Cupola you can visit the Cathedral.

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) with its 153 meter in length is the 5th biggest church in Europe. It was built on the site of the ancient Church of Santa Reparata of the IV-V century. Compared to the exterior, the interior appears as a vast space in faded color.

There is, however, quite a lot of art in here. Take a look at the Orologio (clock), by Paolo Uccello, that is at the left side of the entrance. It looks like a daisy with twenty-four petals, one for each hour of the day. It only has one hand and it moves anticlockwise! This is the only clock in the world (still working) that marks the hora italica. This means that the day starts just after dusk, with the first hour of night. The next day starts the following evening. The hand moves anticlockwise because it follows the movement of the shadow casted by the sun, from East to West.

Before you leave the Duomo walk downstairs for a short but well worth visit to the Crypt. The ruins underground are the remains of Santa Reparata, Florence’s oldest church and first cathedral. Brunelleschi’s tombstone is also housed in this space.

If you are ready for a coffee-break, head to the Biblioteca delle Oblate. From the terrace will have one of the best (and free) view of the Dome. As a bonus, the children’s reading room has an wonderful original fresco of the Annunciation. The Biblioteca, is along Via dell’ Oriuolo, 5 minutes from Piazza del Duomo (behind the Duomo on the right).

After your break, head to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

It displays all the statues, paintings, and tapestries that have been removed from the cathedral. I find especially touching Donatello’s carving of Mary Magdalene. The entire sculptural decoration of Giotto’s Bell Tower are also housed in the museum. The museum also houses wooden models of Brunelleschi’s dome and lantern, and many models and plans of the different design for the Cathedral façade developed over the centuries. This past April 1st, after six years of restoration, the Silver Altar of St. John’s Baptistery has been put back on display at the Museum. Under the glass roofed courtyard you will admire the original version of the Porta del Paradiso (Door of the Paradise), designed by Ghilberti for the Baptistery.

Is it time for lunch yet? Head to Piazza de’ Cimatori and to the food cart at the corner.

This is not a tourist attraction. This is where the Florentines stand in line to grab Lampredotto. I was introduced to this delicacy few years ago by one of my Florentine friends. Was I thrilled when she told me what it was? No! But, I tried, I liked, and I think you should try it too. Lampredotto is a street food at its best, it belongs to the popular Tuscan food tradition and yet, it is today considered a connoisseur food. I guess you would like to know what Lapredotto is. The main ingredient is the abomasus (also known as fourth stomach or the rennet stomach) of the veal. The stomach is cooked in a vegetable broth with onion, celery, tomatoes, and parsley. The low heat, slow cooking process ensures tender meat. The lampredotto is then cut into thin strips and served as sandwich with Tuscan bread. To further look like a local, when the person preparing the sandwich asks you if you want it ‘bagnato’ (wet) you should answer SI! The top portion of the sandwich will be dunk in the sauce where the lampredotto was cooked and it will be served dripping with sauce.

After lunch, spend some time at Palazzo Davanzati. Often overlooked, this old building is the museum of the Ancient Florentine Home. This is where you can see how rich families lived in the 1300s and 1400s.

Time to cross Ponte Vecchio and head to Oltrarno.

Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge that was not destroyed by the Germans during World War II. It also miraculously withstood the 1966 flood. Ponte Vecchio is lined with goldsmiths and jewelers (just look but do not buy!).

Across the Bridge, follow Via de` Gucciardini to Piazza de’ Pitti.

Palazzo Pitti will be in front of you. This has been the residence of famous people, the Medici, the Lorena and the King of Italy (Florence was Italy’s Capital from 1861 to 1875). You can visit Palazzo Pitti if you feel inclined to do so but, I rather take a stroll in this area of Florence known as Oltrarno (beyond the Arno). In this area many art & crafts, and antiques shops can be found. You can visit workshops where wood-carvers, goldsmiths, marble and ceramics restorers, and cabinet-makers live and work. There are also lovely small trattoria, café, gelateria and pizzeria.

Walk to Piazza Santo Spirito and enjoy this beautiful square and Brunelleschi’s homonymous church. Piazza Santo Spirito is the only square in Oltrarno where a food and clothes market is held each day. Here, I had a lovely lunch at Osteria Santo Spirito.

From Piazza Santo Spirito walk to the church of Santa Maria del Carmine to visit the Cappella Brancacci and be mesmerized by Masolino and Masaccio’s frescos.

From The church head back toward Ponte  Santa Trinita.

Cross the bridge and follow Via de’ Tornabuoni. This is the fashion street of Firenze. The first palace on Via Tornabuoni (on the right) is the Ferragamo shoes boutique and Museum. I am a shoe’s lover so, definitely a stop here for me!

My next must stop place is Arte del Cioccolato on Via Porta Rossa (corner of Via Tornabuoni). This is Roberto Catinari’s chocolate shop. This is chocolate lovers’ heaven. You can sit and indulge in a selection of chocolates paired with wine, you can sip specialty caffe` (always enhanced by chocolate) with literary names such as Virgilio, Beatrice . . . or you can simply take home a box of wonderful cioccolatini.

Along Via de’ Tornabuoni you will walk in front of Palazzo Strozzi (on your right).

Palazzo Strozzi represents a perfect example of the ideal mansion of the Renaissance and the whole looks like a small fortress in the hearth of the city. The palace is today considered the main space in Florence to host temporary exhibits. The current exhibit is: American in Florence – Sargent and the American Impressionists ( March 3- July 15).

It has been a long day and you should reward yourself with a juicy Bistecca di Chianina DOP (Steak from Chainina beef ‘Protected designation origin’ certified). Right here, at the corner of Via Tornabuoni, in Via del Trebbio, there is one of my favorite restaurants and one of the best Bistecca in town, Buca Lapi.

Take a night stroll at your leisure, stop at Cafe Gilli in Piazza della Repubblica for people watching, and have a good night sleep before your last day in Florence.

Have you been to Florence? What did you enjoy the most? Leave a comment to share your experience!

MY FAVORITE STOPS TO TICKLE YOUR TASTE BUDS:

These are within today itinerary

GELATO:

Gelateria della Passera, Via Toscanella, 15r

Gelateria La Carraia, Piazza N. Sauro, 25r

LUNCH:

Borgovino, Via Borgo S. Lorenzo, 21r

Gustapizza, Via Maggio, 46r

Osteria Santo Spirito, Piazza Santo Spirito, 16r

Procacci, Via de’ Tornabuoni, 64r (sandwich with truffle sauce)

DINNER:

Buca Lapi, Via del Trebbio, 1

Diladdarno, Via dei Serragli, 108r

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Three Days is Florence . . . Day One

Three Days in Florence . . . Day Three