It ‘s time of olive harvest throughout Tuscany

Olive oil is one of the most typical products of Tuscan agriculture. A product that everybody knows and which has recently been discovered again, even if in our culinary tradition has always been a major player.


At the Pieve di San Martino the harvest, that involves all family, grandparents and grandchildren included, just finished. The olives produced from the olive trees around the Romanesque church and behind Alessandra and Mauro’s house were brought in a mill with a strictly cold-pressed, the “old way” to ensure a high quality extra virgin olive oil.
To taste the new oil visit http://www.chiantiferie .net and book a vacation to La Pieve di San Martino. The Farmhouse is also open during Christmas and New Year time.

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It ‘s time of olive harvest throughout Tuscany

New Year at +39° in Rapolano Terme

In San Giovanni Terme Rapolano the sun rises at 21.30 … start 2012 with a long summer night and sun!
As usual the spas of Rapolano organize New Year’s Eve in wellness, relaxation and fun.
At the SPA San Giovanni  the Dawn will be at 21.30 with a pleasant welcome cocktail, under the blazing sun of midnight New Year’s toast and at 1,30 take a siesta with Hot & Spicy Food. All dressed with Happy Music live in the cooffe relax area, at the pools and in the solarium

Places are limited and reservations are necessary, so hurry to book your stay and the evening at the SPA contacting www.chiantiferie.net

New Year at +39° in Rapolano Terme

Art and wellness in Tuscany

The land of sun, good food, wellness and art—Tuscany has it allWho says you have to settle when on holiday? Here you have the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience, combining more than one way of travelling and discovering all that the area has to offer.
Known for the most beautiful art cities in the world, a tour exploring Tuscany’s jewels is not to be missed. Painting, sculpture and literature—Florence is the first city that comes to mind.  Known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance,’ it offers a journey through the world of Italian art. In the shadow of Brunelleschi’s dome and Giotto’s bell tower, you will feel part of a great and unique piece of history. Lose yourself among the lights and colours of the greatest masterpieces known to Man at the Uffizi Gallery. Giotto, Botticelli, and da Vinci are just some of the artists you’ll find in one of the most precious art galleries in the world, a keeper of priceless treasures.

ravel back in time with a visit to the region’s medieval towns: the historic center of Siena, the city of the Palio; the unmistakable skyline of San Gimignano.

Urban hiking, art galleries and national museums, for an incredible experience of personal and cultural enrichment that has no equal. And for those of you who want to unplug and dedicate some time to yourselves, Tuscan spas await you. The Terme di Rapolano(in the heart of the Crete Senesi countryside), the Chianciano spas, and the spa of Gambassi are just some examples of the spa near the most beautiful cities, but far away enough to forget the hectic pace of every day life. Pamper yourself with treatments designed just for you: innovative techniques and traditional experiences in wellness and relaxation.
This is only a fraction of what awaits. Prepare your bags, resrve your stay on www.chiantiferie.net and fly to Tuscany: the encounter with this  enchanting land will make you fall in love.

Art and wellness in Tuscany

Wain trails in Tuscany

Tuscany is Chianti, Vino Nobile and Brunello country. If you visit Tuscany, you can drive along one of 14 wine trails or “strade del vino,” each of which focuses on a different wine-producing area or type of wine.
Many visitors to Florence tour the Chianti Rùfina e Pomino Wine Road, which actually consists of four routes that take you through the rolling hills east of Florence.
Perhaps you’re more interested in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Fortunately, there’s a wine trail just for you, called, La Strada del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. If you’re visiting the area by car, you can look for signs along the route. The wine trail is divided into five parts, two of which concentrate on the town of Montepulciano itself. Dozens of wineries, wine shops and restaurants line the wine trail.
If you prefer white wines, head to the Strada del Vino Vernaccia di San Gimignano, home to Italy’s oldest DOC wine (now a DOCG). Found near the tower-studded town of San Gimignano, this wine trail takes you past vineyards that have been planted since Dante’s time. Don’t have time to drive around? Stop by the Vernaccia Wine Museum in San Gimignano. Here you can learn about the region’s winemaking tradition and taste the local specialty for yourself – the museum has a wine shop where you can pay to try wines from the area.

You can find a lot of Agriturismi along the tuscan wine trails, visit www.chiantiferie.net to choose one of them for a solida in the Tuscan countryside

Wain trails in Tuscany

Cycling in Tuscany

Tuscany is the perfect destination for cycling lovers! The hills, towns and valleys of southern Tuscany are a cyclist’s dream. Beautiful scenery with rolling hills and waving wheat fields, ancient houses and churches, medieval architecture and awesome views will take your breath away. The charming towns sitting atop hills are a great place to enjoy a warm evening after a day of cycling. The valleys are just as charming. Here, you can cycle through winding, narrow streets of small towns, or do a little shopping in the quaint shops. It’s in the valleys that you’ll find the best services. Along with all of this, your mouth will water each time you think of the incredible bruschetta, pizza and pasta that you’ll enjoy along the route.. Olive groves and vineyards dot the slopes. Vegetable, wheat and hops are growing plentifully in the valleys. You will meet lots of friendly people along the way. Most of the time you will cycle on smooth, paved, almost pot-hole free roads with very little traffic. The routes through the countryside have spectacular views. Here, you will cycle through fields of red poppies, or sunflowers.

After a ride, you can end your day by hanging out by the pool with a crisp glass of good wine.

There are a lot of farmhouses and bed and breakfasts nestled amongst olive groves and vineyards. They are all fabulous. Take your time and choose the best suited to your needs on www.chiantiferie.net
The best months for cycling in Tuscany are from March to June and September and October. July and August are hot months and outdoor sports are limited to early mornings or late afternoons, or mainly for mountain bike. Other months can be cold or rainy.

Among the itineraries also 3 permanents routes:
Eroica route on the region’s characteristic unpaved roads, cycling takes a leap back to the past when cycling was synonymous with dirt, mud, effort and the spirit of adventure
Sentiero della Bonifica, the ride along the Canale Maestro della Chiana is a journey through time as you’ll cycle in the heart of the Etruscan civilization.

the ring of the Renaissance, by mountain bike along 170 km on the ancient florentine routes around Florence

Cycling in Tuscany

Sentiero della Bonifica

Sentiero della Bonifica
European Greenways Award – 3rd Prize – “For the development of a cycling and walking tourism product in Tuscany that allows users to enjoy nature, the art of bygone days, and human contact, taking advantage of a historic work of hydraulic engineering.” The bicycle ride along the Canale Maestro della Chiana is a journey through time and nature: you can pedal right through the heart of the Etruscan world, across a myriad of waterways, in a land that has been shaped by the strength of nature and by the hands of man. This route is ideal for families with children and for whom doesn’t want to try the tuscan hills. Check www.chiantiferie.net to choose a farmhouse or bed and breakfast  (az agr Cepina, Il Podere Pratovecchio, l’Agriturismo Il Molinello, Villa Buoninsegna, Podere Pereto e Agriturismo Casanova) near the Canale Maestro della Chiana

Sentiero della Bonifica

Gourmet Dining at the Volterra Prison!

Really?? In a Prison?? Yes, not a normal prison but the High Security Prison  of Volterra located inside the beautiful Medicea Fortress called “Mastio”!

Once past the prison gates, we are welcomed into the courtyard with a cocktail drink! Dinner is set inside the disused chapel, transformed for the occasion in a nice dining room with candle-light, waiters / prisoners impeccable service, sommelier and wine by the Fisar of Volterra.

The dinner menu  is prepared entirely by the prisoners, assistants of a renowned chef, different every time. To attend a meal, visitors must book weeks in advance, send photocopies of their passports for security checks, and pay $44.

All proceeds go to charity. After leaving bags and mobile phones at the door, the 120-odd guests are led to a candlelit courtyard for nibbles and Prosecco. The meal is served in a cavernous deconsecrated chapel done up with tablecloths, handmade table decorations, glasses, plates and… plastic cutlery—one of the concessions made to security.

 

2011/2012 Dinners
opening at 19.30 – beginning of the dinner at 20.00 – price € 35,00 (reservation required)

18 november 2011 • Igles Corelli Ristorante Atman, Pescia (PT)
16 december 2011 • Andrea Mattei Ristorante Magnolia Hotel Lord Byron, Forte dei Marmi (LU)
20 January 2012 • Andrea Bianchini – La Bottega del Cioccolato (Firenze)
24 February 2012 • Sergio Maria Teutonico
23 March 2012 • Daniele Pescatore Cenacolo del Pescatore, Firenze
20 April 2012 • Debora Corsi Ristorante La Perla, San Vincenzo (LI)
25 May 2012 • Barbara Zattoni Ristorante Pane e Vino, Firenze
22 June 2012 • Stefano Pinciaroli Ristorante PS, Cerreto Guidi (FI)

To reserve a dinner and your accommodation visit www.chiantiferie.net

Gourmet Dining at the Volterra Prison!