Have you ever seen “buchette del vino” in Florence? Maybe yes but you didn’t know what they were… In English could be translated in : “wine windows”, for wine lovers since the XVII century when , due to some export restrictions the Florentine noble families decided to sell wine produced in their countryside estates , … More “Wine windows” in Florence: one just re-open!
In Tuscany we love pork meat , in every possible way! Even raw pork sausages are delicious just spreading them on a Tuscan unsalted slice of bread….ever tried? if not yet ,you SHOULD ! Just buy FRESH ones handmade by one of our ‘norcino’ ( a particular butcher who deals with pork meat only ) … More How to eat a fresh pork sausage for a tasty aperitivo!
www.osterialecentobuche.it Just outside the city center there is an original location for a restaurant it was until 1995 a wool factory ( Prato in fact it is a very renowned texile district near Florence)belonging to the Abatoni family since the XIII Century and then to the monks of San Fabiano . It is so beautiful … More Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche
Another time in Greve for me but the first one for my American group : to see the triangular shaped square, this time with no tourists – except us – as at the beginning of March is still low season and just because of this , more lovely as a typical Tuscan hamlet where to … More Tuscany : Greve in Chianti & the Tuscan navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano
This is Meleto castle www.castellomeleto.it in the Chianti district & of course the symbol of the Chianti Classico , the black rooster , was on the bottles we opened & tasted! The castle dates back Middle Age & the Ricasoli ‘s family owned it for many years,at the present the property has changed . There is … More Tasting Tuscan Chianti wine in a castle dated 1256!
Live the literary life, Tuscan style! Yes, this will be my next tour in Tuscany : read the book , visit the setting! Brunelleschi’s Dome or Death in Florence, or Mona Lisa or Dan Brown’s Inferno….here they are now : are not only in your mind and fantasy but in the locations we will visit … More Book Club in Tuscany with …me!
Yes, did you know this? Not only superb wines , lovely landscapes , art & architecture but also a real sweet valley made of maitres chocolatiers! In Pistoia, Prato, Firenze and Pisa we can offer a huge choice of this delicious product: the best ingredients, the most original mix of dried fruits, spirits , wine … More Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!
Such a great sensational experience by Agriturismo Le Poggiola just few Km from Pistoia the feeling of freshness,the scent of sweet fruits,lots of memories about those who did this before us in the countryside since centuries….our origins come from the ground and this is our traditional way of making wine:our grangrandparents did this way and … More Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet
“A Settembre l’uva è matura e il fico pende” this is an old farmers’ saying = in Septmber grape is mature & fig hangs…this morning I had the proof this is trally true !in Pistoia’s countryside lots of sweet grape & figs ! My breakfast was made of this fantastic & organic fruits👏👏 Many hands … More Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!
September is the harvest time & I love this season of the year for the colours it brings,the mild temperature – after the sunny hot summer – & because of its food products : figs,plums &….grape!!! This schiacciata is a typical seasonal tuscan kind of cake : in the past we could find it only … More It’s harvest time in Tuscany!ever tried schiacciata con l’uva?
I have the pleasure to announce you this fab tour for the next spring 👍😉 A great Italian experience with lots of food, wine , art , shopping & of course …..fun! I will be one of the local hosts & will be happy to share my beautiful region with you. Have a look to … More Visit & taste the highlights of Tuscany with this tour ( & with me 👍😉🍷)
What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too. Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies & … More Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”
A modern location in the wineyards that produces this good quality wine black & white , Cannonau & Vermentino that I love mostly😍❤️and others. http://www.vignesurrau.it Beautiful art exibition close to wine bottles to remind you that making wine is an art too😉 Enjoy !
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
Last wek end we hosted a all day round & night 👍😉a kermesse of tuscan food cusine , many different kind of restaurants & trattorie from Pistoia ‘s district under the same sign & roof : Tuscan food! Just finished the second edition & with a great success for Corradossi restaurant who won the award … More Pistoia: La Toscana in bocca = Tuscany by mouth a Food experience!
In an old building – historical palace – that is a Residence in the city center of Pistoia ,www.artemuraresidence.com yesterday I was invited to a wine tasting of Tuscan producers ( one is my friend Lisa Barsi with her farmhouse – family estate www.lepoggiola.com ) combined with fab paintings made by www.danielacorsini.it Behind the palace there is … More Pistoia : a secret garden , wine & art and … whatelse?
Not just wine, not just food , not just Tuscany : here we are in an exclusive location, with a noble lady , by her family estate with a magnificent Italian garden…simply a dream 😍😍 with something more ….excellent wines , extra virgin oil & a special dessert wine : vin santo! Ginevra is the … More My exclusive Tuscany : lunch & wine tasting with a real Italian Countess
Not only Chianti area , not only a red red wine but also a rosè one…not only Chianti in Tuscany exists! let’s have a look at this enchanting location the Pisa area..& yes, Pisa is not only the leaning tower🍷🍷🍷🍸🍸🍸😂😂😂 This a big estate where you can taste many different kind of wines : … More My Tuscany’s tale : wine tasting ,not only Chianti region exists
Not only ️great tasty food but also a stunning view over Moneglia’s bay…and a real EXPERIENCE of good Italian food! Not Just a huge choice of wines from all over Italy but also a friendly staff with Edoardo in The kitchen & Letizia , his wife, following ️our dinner step by step … La … More An authentic food experience in an Italian Restaurant with a view
Lisa welcomes you with a glass Of her wine : red Chianti from her wineyard Just behind her. Her grandfather & father started this passion 4 wine ,extravirgin olive oil & Vin Santo dessert wine ( That I love!😍❤️) many years ago when her grandfather bought this estate . Nowadays Lisa runs this beautiful Agriturismo … More A Real Tuscan farmhouse producing wine & Organic EVO
Last Sarurday I had The pleasure to be one Of The tasters Of The New Opening small barrels by Marini Estate , Just in The surrounding hills Of Pistoia. ‘Vin santo è…. ‘ = It is Vinsanto ! Is The name if this event created by Marini to celebrate The Opening Of The barrels. … More MadeinPistoia – Vinsanto : a Tuscany a precious godness’ nectar for humans
Here we are in Pistoia , my town , rich in typical local producers such as Giuseppe Marini http://www.marinifarm.it. His delicious VinSanto is a MUST not only for Tuscany but even abroad . Winner Of many awards it is a family run farm in the outskirts Of Pistoia producing Extra virgin oil, jellies wine, jams … More MadeinPistoia – How Tuscan grapes become VinSanto #dessertwine
Here we are : Cooking & tasting Special dishes Of this magical region Of Italy, Liguria! Chef Brenda Fawdon from Brisbane ~ founder with Sonja Drexler Of http://www.mondo-organics.com.au the first fully-licensed organic Restaurant in Australia . Let’s See How much fun we had together in a culinary week Such as the last one .. A … More Cooking class in Liguria
In PIstoia agriturismo Amedea A lovely farmhouse just on Pistoia’s countryside for a typical Tuscan lunch & visit to The wineyard , The celler & tasting organic wine & extra virgin oil with fresh vegetables from The garden and handmade pasta. Great athmoshere , wonderful weather for an unforgettable experience for My clients from Texas … More A food experience in a Tuscan countryside
Florence : Sunday Morning & Open gates for some beautiful old noble palaces in The heart of The city Here they are : palazzo Frescobaldi ( renowned WINE makers) & Ferroni on The ‘oltrarno’ side. Let’s go!
First edition Of http://www.latoscanainbocca.it in Pistoia ! Located just close to The biggest library Of Tuscany, (www.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it )in The ex Breda area , called “la cattedrale ” ( The cathedral ). Open from 11 am until 11 pm : starting from breakfast with warm bread straight from The oven , until dinner time & more.. … More MadeinPistoia: a typical Tuscan food experience at LA TOSCANA IN BOCCA
When I saw The villa & the garden I thought : I am part Of a painting ! when you think or dream about Tuscany I am sure you should have this view only on your mind. The location is so beautiful and so lovely you Wouldn’t want to leave it… The owners ~ Moreno … More Montechiari Estate top wines in Montecarlo , Tuscany!
What a great , beautiful surprise receiving This photo book from Lori Leinbach ( founder,director & chef by CulinaryUnderground in Southborough – Ma – Usa ) and her husband Chuck Linton ! A very nice book in which we can remember & show to our friends and relatives some Of our best sweet moments spent … More Photo book from Culinaryunderground in Italy ~ Liguria~2013
I spent two weeks in Liguria last October as tour leader for two American cooking classes. Cannot imagine How many receipes we Did and How much we enjoyed sharing all This ! Some picts maybe will help to understand How many kilos more I have now under My skin…
September is a Special season for me : you can smell The grapes scent in The countryside,some figs still hanging on trees, black berries are dried by sun, fresh nuts, pears & cidrus . The temperature is perfect for walking Tours through The fields . Time for harvest : you know How much is important … More Pistoia : Agriturismo Amedea & harvest time
Visiting This Estate is an unique experience : stunning landscape from The castle hill , beautiful tower dated 1000 , the villa , The old cellers & The WINES! Giovanni da (from ) Verrazzano comes from here : He left Tuscany by boat & he was the first European explorer who visited The New York … More Tuscany WINE experience : Castello da Verrazzano ~ Greve in Chianti ~
Try Tuscany in September ! Quiter places Friendly people Relaxing moments No long lines Scent of focaccia with grapes ( ever tried?delicious!!) Time for figs & ham Enjoy the view with me ! </ <
For an unforgettable dinner or aperitivo try this restaurant by ABITART HOTEL . Visit http://www.estrobar.com you will find a cool atmoshere and a great choice & music! Enjoy ESTROBAR near the fashionable roman district ‘Testaccio’ and few steps away from Eataly.
where you can try the typical Tuscan products with special wines and spirits
SCIACCHETRA’…very small production for this top wine from 5 Terre, very expensive but unforgettable..!
People talking, drinking , smoking special Tuscan cigars in the sitting room outside TASTE