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NAME: Luigi Tadini
OCCUPATION: Editor, Paper Magazine; Vice President, Tadini Jewelers
TRAVEL DESTINATION: Puebla, Mexico (a UNESCO World Heritage site).
HOTEL: La Purificadora, www.lapurificadora.com, is conveniently located in the heart of the historic center.
La Purificadora. Photo Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times.
RESTAURANT: The hotel has excellent contemporary cuisine and a fresh breakfast. Also head to nearby Casona de la China Poblana’s where you can enjoy a delicious poblano meal on a beautiful patio.
Pueblo is famous for traditional Poblano mole sauce.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: January, when the weather hits 80 degrees during the day and a comfortable 40 degrees at night.
MORE: The New York Times did a great slideshow of Puebla; see it here.
Luigi in Puebla. Photo Luigi Tadini.
Plaza de la Constitución in the old city. Photo Luigi Tadini.
SITE SEEING: For those seeking a little culture, Puebla is home to 365 gilded baroque churches, Aztec pyramids, and awe-inspiring 17th century libraries. Here are some highlights:
Biblioteca Palafoxiana – 17th century residence of an important Bishop, now used for cultural events and the magnificent second-floor library founded in 1646. The vast and ornate room holds 50,000 volumes.
Museo Amparo – Among Mexico’s most extensive private collections of pre-Hispanic and colonial art.
Escuela de la Talavera Poblana – Artisans from Talavera, Spain brought their ceramic techniques to Puebla back in the colonial era. Today, dozens of local artist studios continue to produce the vivid Talavera pottery: colored tiles and dishware are featured and for sale at the schools courtyard and shops.
Capilla del Rosario – Puebla’s most dazzling chapel, built in 1690 is the tantamount of Mexican Baroque architecture features the use of onyx and an altar made entirely of gold.
Capilla del Rosario chapel. Photo Luigi Tadini.
Catedral de la Concepcion Inmaculada – One of Mexico’s largest churches is also located in the historic center’s square, a perfect place for an afternoon drink and for people watching. The interior of the impressive monument features 14 chapels and an unparalleled display of colonial religious art.
Hotel Meson Sacristia de la Compania. Photo by Meson Sacristia.