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San Miniato White Truffles Fair, 2011

Located halfway between Pisa and Florence, San Miniato is a medieval hilltop town with a beautiful historic centre, dominated by the cathedral, the Episcopal palace, the municipal palace and the tower fortress. It overlooks the Arno, Era and Egola valleys. White truffles from the area The beautiful area around San Miniato produces around a quarter […]

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Pasta Burro e Basilico

I would not call this dish a typical Tuscan one, but it has been one of my favorite and my mom specialty since I was a little kid.  It is a very simple and quick dish to make, and it does not require any cooking. It is just perfect for those summer days when you […]

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Panzano in Chianti, one of the most beautiful place on earth.

The giant bronze statue of Saint Francis of Assisi looking over the vineyards of Il Molino di Grace.Il Molino di Grace is a beautiful winery located in Panzano in Chianti, between Greve and Castellina, in the heart of the conca d’oro (Golden shell: name for its amphitheater shape) area of Chianti Classico.The Conca d’Oro is blessed with […]

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Varramista… a Very Special Place

Villa Varramista estate are located just outside the small village of Capanne, my family’s hometown.  Varramista has a long history that dates back to 1300. The Republic of Florence donated the Varramista estate to Gino di Neri Capponi who led the Florentine army to victory against the city of Pisa in 1406. Gino di Neri Capponi is said […]

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Antica Macelleria Norcineria Marianelli

The small medieval village of Montopoli in Val d’Arno, is home of one of the oldest and most traditional butchery in Tuscany.  Antica Macelleria Norcineria Marianelli celebrated this year one hundred years in business. It was founded in 1910 by the Marianelli family, today Luca Marianelli and his sons still running this Tuscan jewel. This […]

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Thanks everyone for a great 2010 season!

I just want to thank all of our guests that join us on our 2010 tours and all of our fans. Without all of you I could not realize my dream of doing what I love. This past September has been a great in Tuscany, very few rainy days, and temperatures were comfortable throughout the whole month. This year […]

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Un Negroni

Negroni is the only Tuscan cocktail recognized by the IBA (International Bartender Association).It is made of one part of gin, one part of sweet vermouth, and one part of Campari( a traditional Italian bitter), served in an old fashioned glass, on the rocks, and garnished with a slice of orange.It is today, the most popular aperitif cocktail […]

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Lunch in Montaione

Montaione is a lovely medieval village, located between Pisa and Florence. We visit Montaione in our way to San Gimignano, a very popular tourist destination, just to show our guests a typical Tuscan village where traffic, buses and souvenir shops are truly unknown.  Here, we always have a picnic lunch, enjoying it on a bench under trees […]

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La Spuma

Spuma is a traditional Tuscan nonalcoholic beverage. It is a soft drink, very similar to a soda. There are two kind you can choose from, one is called spuma bionda, which is blond in color and it tastes like a ginger ale, the other is called spuma al cedro which is green in color and it tastes […]

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Testaroli con Pesto

Testaroli  is propably the oldest type of Italian Pasta. Testaroli were know since the Roman Empire and Testaroli with Pesto sauce are a traditional dish of Lunigiana, a beautiful area in the North-West part of Tuscany, bordering Liguria, where pesto was invented. The name Testaroli comes from “testo” which was a domed griddle (made with cast iron or stone) on […]

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