Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake 

Pistoia is located 30 km from Florence & surrounded by hills & mountains filled with chestnuts trees, that’s why at the present they are full of these seasonal fruits that I really love! In the past chestnut  trees were called : “bread trees” , just because from these small versatiles  fruits  – colesterol free  + … More Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake 

How to make the real “bruschetta” with just pressed Tuscan new extra virgin oil 

My grandfather Dino    was used to say : “the simplest it is the best it  tastes ” if the ingredients are top quality  , I should add nowadays… This is the same for the real Tuscan bruschetta: no chopped tomato! just a toasted slice of Tuscan unsalted bread , extra virgin olive oil , … More How to make the real “bruschetta” with just pressed Tuscan new extra virgin oil 

A Tuscan wine tasting in a farmhouse with a view on the ‘balze’ – Volterra 

Wonderful view eyes open over this landscape   A perfect silence around us no cars no people just birds the green of the vineyards the olive trees orange old stones for a typical farmhouse hills made of clay… called ‘balze’ Badia San Giusto overlooking the valley an unreal atmosphere but it’s here it’s Tuscany in … More A Tuscan wine tasting in a farmhouse with a view on the ‘balze’ – Volterra 

A book about olive trees in Tuscany : mythology & history

An interesting little book written by Sandra Ristoro – expert in  Etruscan  archeology  and  Gilberto Stanghini  – grower in Pistoia and member of   http://www.vivaistipistoiesi.it  – was presented to 30 journalists invited to  Pistoia for a press tour visiting our greenhouses and of course olives plantations. It contains beautiful photos about olive tree ‘s origins … More A book about olive trees in Tuscany : mythology & history

MadeinPistoia:agricoltural highschool ” IPSAA DE FRANCESCHI”o

In a sunny September morn I visited this beautiful highschool garden full of  fruits’ trees & corn fields , biggest black berries ever seen , plums , giuggiole , apples , wahlnuts  and pears The atmosphere is unreal : just outside the historical city center of my birthplace, Pistoia, this highschool ,focused on agricolture & envirronment classes … More MadeinPistoia:agricoltural highschool ” IPSAA DE FRANCESCHI”o