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We are about to tell you a story that comes from far far away, precisely from The Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

It arrives in Greve in Chianti after having circled the world. It is the story of Marisa Vitali, born In South Africa from a a Venetian father and Dutch mother.

“Since i was young I have had a passion for music”, she tells us.”I studied hard, getting a diploma in piano and singing and then a degree in Music, all in South Africa”.

After her studies she became a rising star. She traveled the world as an opera singer, performing in works such as “La Traviata”, “Don Giovanni”, Romeo e Giulietta” and “Il Trovatore” and in theaters like the Arena di Verona and the Deutscher Opera of Berlin.

“With the birth of my second daughter, however, I understood that the life of an opera singer, consisting of hotel nights and constant travel, was beginning to be difficult. I decided to stop”.

Thus Marisa abandoned “il canto” and opened a children’s clothing store in Greve in Chianti, where she has been living for 20 years.

One day she saw a TV program, “Toni’s cakes”, and her life was changed. She decided to fly to London and take a cake decoration course.

“I can say I was self taught. I learned by reading books, watching TV and following tutorials, that’s all”. She then left her clothing store and dedicated herself completely to baking. She opened a space in Incisa where “Sugarcups” was born. S

hortly after, Marisa’s talent and passion to create cakes, brought Sugarcups to be a top choice among wedding planners and all mothers who want the best for their children’s birthdays.

Sugarcups’ repertoire is vast: from classic wedding cakes, to children’s cakes, as well as cupcakes, cookies, macarons and wedding favors. Marisa also creates, designs and spends hours studying and experimenting in order to offer the best to her clients.

“It is not as easy as it seems”, she explains smiling. “I left music”, she concludes, “because I had a desire to create and not represent. I am specialized in “cake design” and all of my creations are born of the heart and unique”.

Costanza Masini