Tuscan wool for a chilly Bologna day

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This week I wanted to share some of my thoughts and adventures in Tuscany.  Yesterday, I introduced you to the Tenuta Nunzi Conti Winery, an exclusive producer of Chianti Classico wine and on Friday I’ll be sharing my guide for what to see in Florence by day if you only have 24 hours in the city!  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win 3 bottles of Chianti Classico (open to Europe, USA and Canada)!

 

The Reason I Dressed

I love Bologna.  I think it is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities I’ve ever lived in, and I’m so happy when we spend a sunny Saturday afternoon exploring the city.

 

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Last weekend we went to visit my husband’s grandmother in Bologna and then we spent the afternoon in Bologna’s centro at a food festival and having a snack at one of the most gourmet cafes in the city, Gamberini Café.

 

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Gamberini Café – Est 1907

 

Gamberini Café is the oldest bakery in Bologna and is quite the beautiful spot!  They are a a specialty café that offers delicious pastries and savory treats for a perfect breakfast or mid-afternoon break.  If you sit at a table, you should be aware that there is a higher price, because they charge you for service on top of the already pricey menu options.  Just to give you an idea…. for my son’s pastry we paid 8 euro, and with a plate of salty snacks and mini pizzas plus two espressos and a water we paid something like 35 euro!  But it IS an experience, and if you want to taste pastries like you’ve never had them before I suggest stopping in….but maybe standing at the bar instead of sitting at a table!

 

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The Mont Blanc

Just in time for the holiday season they’ve started serving their new “Mont Blanc” inspired menu of coffees, cakes and pastries.  This includes whipped meringue and Marron Glacée (candied chestnuts) with whipped cream in all kinds of ways! You can get a Mont Blanc Espresso or the pastry my son had, which was a base of whipped cream with meringues, topped with a Marron Glacée cream that was VERY RICH and also yummy.

 

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What I Wore

The weather has finally changed here and the cold winter air is upon us, complete with a damp, chilly humidity that mid-Italy is known for (great….why didn’t I immigrate to the South?!).  The first few years in Italy I always had a fever!  I was never appropriately dressed in November because the type of cold here is totally different than the type of cold in Canada.  Sometimes it feels as though no matter how many layers you put on, you just don’t feel warm!  That’s where wool comes into play.  I’ve written here about the Italian obsession with wool, and how it really is a wardrobe staple if you plan on being comfortable in the cold humid middle of the country!

 

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I wore my new fine wool hat that I recently picked up at a local artisan market in Modena.  It is by the small Italian brand Cappelleria Minocci and was handmade by hat artisans in Florence where there is a strong tradition of hat making.

 

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I paired it with my brown suede over the knee boots by the Italian brand Donna Più.  These boots were bought online last year from Yoox and I CANNOT get over what a great deal they were.  The quality of the leather and craftsmanship is out of this world….honestly, the suede is some of the finest suede I’ve ever felt.   Although the company also produces for big designer brands, this line is their own so the prices are “factory direct” and MUCH cheaper than what you would expect for this quality.

Although I can’t find my exact pair online, there are a LOT of Donna Più real leather boots on sale now for 50% off here (PLUS if you order before November 28th you’ll get an additional 20% off your entire order!).  Here you’ll find a few pairs that are selling for as low at 50 bucks!  This same company produces some of the luxury brand boots that go for over $1,000…I’m not kidding!

 

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Il Panno Casentino – Tuscany’s Ancient Wool

I usually invest in one or two GREAT items a year.  This is part of a whole philosophy I’ve developed since living in Italy and working in fashion, that helps to keep my closet paired down (I don’t have much space by North American standards) and I save by buying less but buying better quality things I LOVE and don’t just “like”.

 

For the past 5 or 6 years I have been in love with Casentino Wool.  I remember the first time I saw Casentino, it was at the Pitti Men’s fashion fair, and there was this handmade sartorial coat with a real fur collar that was selling for 10,000 EURO!!!  Since then I have only come across designer pieces in Casentino, like this coat by Rochas for $1,930!

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It is a strange type of wool because it is MEANT to look like it is pilling, but that is its most important characteristic and part of the whole artisan creation process.  This irregularity comes from the cooking process of the wool and makes it incredibly resistant, warm and WATERPROOF! You could call it one of the most ancient “technical” fabrics on Earth and many top brands are rediscovering and reinterpreting it in a modern way.

 

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I realized that for my big ticket items I have more of a classic taste, so I went directly to a manufacturer and had this classic coat in the traditional Red-Orange color made to measure!  It is lined in forest green satin with raw wood buttons and in the spring I will be bringing you directly to the area in Tuscany where this wool is still produced with the same ancient process that it has always been made.  Stay tuned for the interview and giveaway in the upcoming months as part of my HAND MADE, The Artisan Series.  This month’s feature is the Tenuta Nunzi Conti Winery and you can enter the international giveaway below for a chance to win 3 bottles of Chianti Classico wine valued at over $100.
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In the small area of Stia, you will find only a handful of artisans that still produce this type of wool, and they also sell directly to individual customers.  The history of this Tuscan wool goes back to the Etruscans and Romans, but was made famous by the Medici’s.   bologna, #bologna, #lanacasentino, #casentino, casentino wool, what is casentino wool, fabric in italy, fabric in tuscany, tuscan wool, tuscan fabric, fashion in Tuscany, fashion in Italy, how to dress in Italy, how to dress in Italy in the Fall, how to dress in Italy in the Autumn, how to dress in Italy in the winter, Bologna in the fall, Bologna in the Autumn, Bologna in the winter, red wool coat, red wool, cooked wool, wool coat, Italian wool coat, Italian fashion blog, Italian lifestyle blog, reasonstodress, reasonstodress.com, Reason To Dress, #reasonstodress, wool hat, Tuscan wool hat, Donna Più, donna piu boots, donna piu shoes, Gamberini, Cafe Gamberini, where to go in Bologna, where to eat in Bologna, Gamberini Cafe, Gamberini in bologna, best pastries in Bologna, #gamberini

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  • GoFashiondeals

    Thank you so much!!!!! 🙂 Love that red coat on you by the way. So glamourous! 🙂

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  • Happinessatmidlife

    Love your red coat & hat!

    Alice

    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  • What a charming little town! Those pastries look amazing! I would love to visit Italy someday and it would be fun to stay on a wine estate! I love your red coat! You look so cozy and chic! Thank you so much for the feature!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  • Heather Davis Wyancko

    Angie!!! Thanks for the feature! The best thing about this entire post is your pink/red combo! I love that hat paired with your coat. PERFECTION!
    xo
    Heather
    http://ForageFashion.com

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  • We have not made it to Tuscany yet but it is on the Agenda and I would love to stay at a vineyard ( I think I want to own one) and Chianti Classico is something I have tried and love.

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  • ADA

    Your street style is always so bold and polished. The coat and hat I love – in my favorite color too, red. That Gamberini Cafe looks amazing. I want ALL of the desserts, now.

    Have a great week my friend. And it is chilly here too, it has snowed.

    <3 Ada.

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  • Love love love the red coat. Such an amazing statement piece. Jackets can add so much to a look… This jacket is everything!

    Mary
    http://www.marymurnane.com

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  • bonniemelielo

    LOVED this article!! Awesome pics with your beautiful coat as the focus among so much black and gray!! I have two days in Bologna in Dec. and will be checking out Gamberini and looking for this wool!! Squeee!! So excited!!

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  • I love your blog…just lovley and that red hat is to die for! I hope to visit Europe some day soon, obsessed with the fashion there!!
    Valerie
    Fashion and Travel

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  • What a gorgeous coat, it looks lovely on you!

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  • Oh yum all of those desserts look amazing, how I would love to visit Italy again one day soon! You look great Angie, this red coat is so chic!
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  • That is a gorgeous coat! I still need to participate in this link-up as well 🙂

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  • Michelle Tyler

    We spent a few days in Bologna when I was 7 months pregnant with number two baby, as you can imagine I was pretty much eating the entire time! With a toddler in tow it was a surprisingly relaxing city break, during winter when it’s quieter we just wandered around aimlessly exploring…& eating eating eating.
    Angie you make me want to go again!
    Lovely post – gorgeous coat xxx

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  • Porcelina

    My first question is, what is that weird squirmy thing your son is eating?!

    Bologna does look like a wonderful city, and how dapper do you look in that coat and hat? Very chic! What a great giveaway too, I’d love to sample such delectable chianti.

    Thanks for hosting, I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend xx

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  • Porcelina

    Another comment from me, just to answer the competition question – no, I’ve never been to Italy as an adult! I would love to go, and staying in a winery sounds perfect!! xx

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  • Porcelina

    Me again! I have never tasted Chianti Classico wine…

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  • you look fabulous and classy as always!

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