Eroica 2012

Other rhythms, silence, other times, other heroes will be staged on October 3 in Gaiole in Chianti. Champions on Sunday and ancient samples that slip away silently and excited for the white streets of Chianti and the Crete Senesi, dressed in a mesh with sponsors that tell an Italy lanona old, that of the 30s or the years of the legendary Bartali and Coppi or that the economic boom of the ’60s.

Eroica 2012And ‘The Heroic, the first vintage randonnée on dirt roads. Full Path, 200 km of which more than 100 rides on gravel, yes, those songs popping another Paul, Paul Conte. They come from all over the world (California, Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Canada, etc.). To touch and breathe color and atmosphere “de l’époque” and this Tuscany Distilled in October.
If you have an old bike in the garage even 70s, an old car, a vintage motorcycle or simply if you like friendly people and the red wine, do not miss. There is also a cycle path from 38 km.

The next day for inscriptions is August the 6th, don’t miss this event contact us on to have details and to book your stay

Eroica 2012

Holiday in Tuscany

Holiday in tuscany

If you love wine and would like to pass a beautiful summer evening next week, remember that Friday, August 10, 2012 is generally known as the day of falling stars, which falls on the day of San Lorenzo. For this special night, many towns across Tuscany have dedicated a special night called “Calici di Stelle” to celebrate the region’s great wines!

Organized by the Wine Tourism Movement, Calici di Stelle offers many extraordinary events in many piazzas across Italy.

Amongst the many Tuscan cities participating in the event is Castellina in Chianti, Castiglione d’Orcia, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Siena, Cortona, Lucignano, Rapolano Terme all renowned for their fine wine production.

Wine will be the absolute protagonist in one of the most suggestive and evocative nights of the year, when you will have the possibility to admire San Lorenzo’s falling stars, the “tears” of the saint according to the legend, in the good company of exquisite wine.

A magic summer night when all your dreams can become true, so book your holiday on to stay in one of the farmhouse that with their wines will take part to the event.

Holiday in Tuscany

Farmhouse in Tuscany

Farmhouse in tuscany

Farm, orchard and vineyard getaways. Special offers also in high season.

The first farm holiday house in Tuscany was opened in Siena. Now twenty five years later, the region boasts some 3500 farm holiday homes, almost a quarter of the national total. Tuscany offers the highest quality of farm homes – nature, landscape, history, art and culture. Not to myriad options for relaxation and wellness.

There are all kinds of options: from farms and villas to cottages. The choice is yours! If it’s nature and food tourism, or art and wellness tourism you seek, you’ll find it all here in Tuscany. Think: nature, a secular civilization, walks among the vineyards, nature trekking, a wine and food experiences and more!

Think of the sweet Tuscan hills, medieval hamlets unchanged through time, churches, cypress trees, roads and the soothing heat of the thermal waters. Where? There is an array of places to holiday in rural Tuscany in the Val d’Orcia, Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano, Val di Chiana and Cortona, Crete Senesi, Chianti around Florence and Siena – just to name just a few areas of a single region.

Stays in the farmhouses are also suited to family holidays, with children and even pets. These environments relaxed and slow. There is also an impressive availability of outdoor spaces and facilities for children’s play, or to participate in the agricultural production of a given farm and learn more of agriculture or farming. What’s more exciting for than seeing the birth of a chick, watching the harvest or pressing olives for olive oil production, or salted ham.

Tuscany – with its over 200,000 hectares of “protected” natural areas – is a fascinating mix of nature and culture. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Tuscany. Your rural holiday awaits you!

Click on (or on for special offers) to find a holiday farm house!

Farmhouse in Tuscany

Stay in Crete Senesi

Together with musicians of Collegium Vocale Gent and a number of sponsoring friends, the Belgian conductor and Italy lover Philippe Herreweghe founded in 2001 the “Accademia delle delle Crete Senesi”. In response to the hectic every day concert life during the regular season, this yearly summer festival south of Siena developed into a charming and inspiring meeting place for both musicians and audiences.

Crete Senesi

The concerts take place in small but marvellous churches, chosen because of their adequate acoustics for the repertoire on the program. On dream locations such as the churches of Santo Stefano (Castelmuzio), Sant’Anna in Camprena (Pienza) and San Francesco (Asciano) both music lovers and performers can discover the Crete Senesi, one of the most beautiful and authentic regions of Europe, situated near well known cities such as Florence, Siena, Montepulciano or Montalcino, an amidst one of the most prestigeous wine areas of Italy.

The international level of the performances and the perfect marriage between the beautiful landscapes and a culture going back to the Etruscan era, make of this festival a unique experience for both the Italian and international public. Next to concerts with top soloists and experienced musicians from my own ensembles, the Accademia also aims to give opportunities to new talent. The programme is wide but high level and spans ‘five centuries of contemporary music’, presented in a new and refreshing approach. To appreciate the 2012 programme you can book your stay on


SU 29 July 20h • Quatuor Edding & Alain Planès • Schumann • ASCIANO – San Francesco

MO 30 July 20h • Gerhild Romberger & Felicitas Strack • Schumann – Duparc – de Falla • ASCIANO – San Francesco

TU 31 July 12h • Quatuor Edding • Haydn – Beethoven • CASTELMUZIO – Santo Stefano

TU 31 July 20h • Romina Lischka • Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe • Colombe & Marais – Gesualdo • PIENZA – Sant’Anna in Camprena

WE 1 August 20h • Alain Planès & Philharmonie Royale de Flandre • Strauss – Schönberg – Franc / Shostakovitch • ASCIANO – San Francesco

TH 2 August 12h • Alain Planès • Sibelius • CASTELMUZIO – Santo Stefano

TH 2 August 20h • Ricercar Consort – Philippe Pierlot • Tye-Byrd • ASCIANO – San Francesco

FR 3 August 20h • Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe • Gesualdo • ASCIANO – San Francesco

Stay in Crete Senesi

Medieval Festival in Volterra

Volterra AD 1398 has reached its 15th edition in 2012. This year this event returns to its original splendour in the pulsing heart of the ancient Volterra.

Medieval Festival in Volterra

medieval town centre will be animated with a past never forgot ten, and all the visitors will be carried into the past as if by magic. Spirited steeds, courageous knights, lords, dames, artisans and merchants, town commoners and country peasants, flag-flyers, crossbowmen, jugglers, musicians and jesters will magically bring medieval Volterra, with all its enchantment, back to life.

highlights of the festival are the “Anno Domini 1398 Celebration Days ”, Sunday August 19th and Sunday August 26th , with festivities from dawn to dusk. On these days Volterra will stage the re-enactment of medieval life as it was in the year 1398, with performances, events, markets, crafts, music, jugglers, common-folk and nobility: a truly remarkable opportunity to experience the magical, spell-bound atmosphere of the Middle Ages in one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. Don’t miss this festival book your stay on

Medieval Festival in Volterra

Holiday in near Siena – Val d’Orcia

Medieval castles, sunny rolling hills, isolated hilltop towns, charming farmhouses and isolated rural homes, avenues of cypresses, rows of vineyards, olive groves, and golden wheat fields are just some of the elements of the fantastic and harmonious landscapes of Valdorcia!
Crossed by the Orcia river, from which the valley derives its name, this wonderful region in southern Tuscany stretches along the provinces of Siena and Grosseto. The area is now protected as a natural and cultural park, and it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2004. Beautiful nature is the actual absolute protagonist in Valdorcia, with many different colors according to the season. There are few other places that are able to impress the traveler so deeply. It is almost a surreal and suspended land, which is home to the most precious and appreciated Italian wines: the Brunello di Montalcino, the Nobile di Montepulciano, the Rosso Orcia,  and other superb and fine wines with the protective DOCG denomination.
The impressive views of Val d’Orcia, which inspired so many Renaissance painters, is dotted with many little villages, castles, abbeys and hamlets, each telling a fascinating ancient history. Time here can still pass slowly and you can enjoy every second of it.
The right place where to stay to enjoy a holiday in Val d’Orcia is Agriturismo Pratovecchio , an organic Bed and Breakfast near Montepulciano and Pienza. From Pratovecchio it is really easy to reach the main towns that have not to be missed and also the thermal springs in Chianciano Terme, Bagno Vignoni and Bagni di San Filippo. Then after relaxing at the pool with its amazing view on the val d’orcia, you will be able to taste the fresh tuscan products during the dinner at the farmhouse.
Until the end of July there is also a special 15% discount. Don’t miss the occasion to visit val d’orcia, visit

Holiday in near Siena – Val d’Orcia

Last Minute in Tuscany

June is here and the official start of summer is upon us!
Want to enjoy great weather without the crowds? June and July is a good season to have holidays in Tuscany: warm days and cool evenings, and the possibility to travel around without the crowds. You can choose a good accommodation for your stay in the tuscan countryside among the early summer offers on

Last Minute in Tuscany