“Believe it or not, all things have a story. A voice indeed”.

This message that can be read on the back of the cover of “Marcellina and the shop of the suspended time” (in Italian: “Marcellina e la bottega del tempo sospeso), my new book – published by Funtasy Editrice with the graphic by Eleonora Moretti – as a gift for the upcoming Christmas holidays.

The publication brings the reader into an almost fantastic dimension, in a sort of modern fairy tale focused on Marcellina Pinzi Pinzuti, extraordinary character of Amiata, owner of a historical shop that has been in the medieval  town of Abbadia San Salvatore for sixty years. (Siena).

The cover of the new book “Marcellina e la bottega del tempo sospeso”, di Roberto Alborghetti, Funtasy Editrice. Cover by Eleonora Moretti.

For the territories of Mount Amiata, in Tuscany, Siena Country,  Marcellina is a very important person. A sort of symbol. An institution. She runs an old and incredible shop – Pinzi Pianzuti – along Via Cavour, in Abbadia San Salvatore. But it’s not correct saying “shop”. It’s a real emporium of creativity and imagination, where everything can be found, where an incredibile number of things are exposed in a cheerfully confusion, but everything at your fingertips, in a clever logic that only Marcellina knows.

As reported in the book, Marcellina is the great animator of this fascinating place, where you can travel back in time, looking for an old object, an ornament, a tin toy, an old book, a cloth, a teapot , a ceramic plate, calendars, food locally produced, as the wines of the Organic Farm Pinzi Pinzuti. Yes, it’s a magic cave, open till late, and whose lights are shed on the outside, like to recall the hasty passers. It’s impossible not to be enchanted by this place, where time seems to stand still, together with Marcellina, who welcomes you with ease, knowing how suggest you in purchases, with great discretion and kindness.

So, this book leads you in this unbelievable world that we thought no longer existed, because gone with the advent of technology. As I wrote in the book, at Marcellina shop we can retrieve the value of the magical things. And it’s really great in these times which are running very fast and seem to drag all away, pushing us to lose the sense of the objects, the flavor of the memory.

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“Social or dis-social?” is the title of my new book, soon to be published in Italy by Funtasy Editrice. I believe it is the first book that tells the youngest people, in a clear and sincer way, what is wrong with the indiscriminate abuse of the social networks and digital technologies. “Measure your way of being (well) in the Net”: this is the subtitle of the book, addressed to the people “Under 14” and presented with beautiful graphics and a very attractive design made by the illustrator Eleonora Moretti. Above: the video that promotes the book. For information: