More about ‘Tuscan Food and Wine’

Drinking coffee in Italy – cappuccino, macchiato or lungo?

Drinking coffee in Italy

What to order, and how and when to drink coffee in Tuscany, Italy. Drinking coffee in Italy is an art. That’s because Italian coffee isn’t like coffee in the United States or anywhere else for that matter. Two important points at the outset. The “Italian” expressions used in Starbucks coffee houses either mean something entirely […]

Badia a Coltibuono and its italianate garden

Badia a Coltibuono

Badia a Coltibuono was one of the most important monastic foundations in Chianti. From the 11 C, Badia a Coltibuono was a Vallombrosan monastery that received large donations from the Firidolfi–Ricasoli family of Castello Brolio. The Vallombrosans were an order dedicated, among other things, to copying and preserving ancients texts, and Badia a Coltibuono became […]

Tuscan rosé wine – Rosato di Toscana

Rosato di Toscana

One of the best kept secrets of the past 5-7 years has been the development of Tuscan rosé wine – Rosato di Toscana – in the Chianti Classico wine area of Tuscany, Italy. A few years back, it became evident that there was over-production of wine in the Chianti Classico zone as new vineyards, planted […]

A Chianti Wine Tasting Tour

wine tour in Chianti

Among the most popular activities for visitors to Tuscany is taking a Chianti wine tasting tour. We will be reviewing a number of Chianti wine tour driver-guides, and the first of them is Angela Saltafuori, of TuscanyTourTime snc. Angela is a qualified sommelier as well as a licensed NCC driver who specialises in wine tours […]

What to see in Lamole in Chianti

Casole near Lamole in Chianti

High up above the Greve valley, we find the tiny village of Lamole in Chianti. The drive to Lamole from the via Chiantigiana (turnoff to the east between Greve and Panzano) is one of the most spectacular detours for those exploring the Chiantigiana and its environs. You drive through vineyards, past picturesque farmhouses and villas, […]

Cooking lessons in Tuscany

Cooking lessons in Tuscany

Food is definitely part of the “Tuscan experience” for most visitors to Tuscany. And what better way to take a part of that experience away with you than to enjoy some cooking lessons in Tuscany? Attending a cooking class or taking private cooking lessons means not only learning new aspects of Tuscan cookery but enjoying […]

Wine tasting in Chianti

Wine tasting in Chianti

For very many visitors to this part of Tuscany, wine tasting in Chianti will be one of the pleasures of their stay. The Chianti Classico wine zone forms a more or less oval area between Florence and Sienna packed with vineyards and wineries, many of which offer tastings of their own wines. These are marked […]

What to see in Castellina in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

As you follow the scenic via Chiantigiana from Greve in Chianti southwards, the road winds upwards from the Val di Greve towards Panzano from which it more or less follows the ridges until you arrive at the little town of Castellina in Chianti. The area around Castellina is very popular with visitors staying at agriturismi […]

What to see in Chianti, things to do in Tuscany

What to see in Chianti

So you’re planning a vacation in Chianti, Italy? Great idea! Now your question is, “What to see in Chianti?” Here we provide a few hints on things to see and things to do in this beautiful and interesting part of Tuscany. Vineyards and wine – Chianti is synonymous (literally!) with wine and visiting a winery […]

What to see in Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Panzano in Chianti

Exactly half-way between Florence and Sienna, the scenic via Chiantigiana highway leaves the valley of the River Greve and winds up to the ridge between the Val di Greve and the Val di Pesa, to the charming little town of Panzano in Chianti. Panzano’s central location makes it an ideal base for your vacation in […]

Mediaeval Dinner in Certaldo – “A cena da Messer Boccaccio”

Mediaeval Dinner in Certaldo - "A cena da Messer Boccaccio"

Among the excellent mediaeval festivals held in Tuscany throughout the year, ‘A cena da Messer Boccaccio‘ (“Dinner with Boccaccio”) ranks high. This dinner takes place in the ancient part of Certaldo, known as Certaldo Alto, in June (Saturday 9 June and 16 June, in 2012). The menu includes some mediaeval dishes such as ‘Morsini di […]

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