Photo by Rachel Vancelette
A Love Letter to Italy DISCOVERING PISTOIA: THE TRIANGLE OF WEDDINGS, OLIVE OIL AND LUXURY + MORE! BY RACHEL VANCELET TE
taly, one of the most gorgeous countries in all the world, is best known for its fashion, design, vineyards, architecture, and cuisine. Celebrities have been flocking here for years for an escape from the bustling metropolitan lifestyle and to find a special piece of the romantic countryside. Rock stars and movie stars such as Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney have all put Italy on the map for international discovery, but I found a few secrets left untold as I discovered Pistoia! A huge boost in tourists traveling to this area over the years has inspired many artists, writers, chefs and countless other adventurers to descend into this magical place, many who stay and live here for years in this golden centerpiece populated by of the most creative and artistic souls in Italy! I soon discovered the provenance of Pistoia in Tuscany is, with good reason, also called the City of the Arts. Artisans, aristocrats, and royalty have retreated there historically for the sunshine of Italy, famous thermal baths and other Artisanal food delights of the region for centuries. One can find the best chocolate (Slitti Chocolate) and coffee, meats (Macelleria Marini since 1904) and cheeses all within just miles of each other. Slitti specializes in handmade chocolate processing with high cocoa content
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