Certa journey around Tuscany

Tuscany

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Overview

If there is a region that represents Italy at its best, it’s Tuscany. This charming place is filled with artistic cities, UNESCO heritage sites, romantic villages, spectacular natural landscapes, gorgeous beaches and amazing museums. ⁣


Food and wines are definitely an intrinsic part of Tuscany culture. Bistecca alla fiorentina, crostoni, schiacciata, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, olive oil, trippa, lampredotto, pics pasta… the list continues forever. All these delicacies are part of Tuscan gastronomy, which is among the best and tastiest of Italy. ⁣

  • Tuscany is wine culture

    Wine has been a part of Tuscany for more than three millennia. Some say that when the Etruscans first settled the area, they brought vines from Asia with them. However, others contend that the countryside was already heavily populated with wild grapes long before the Etruscans ever set foot on the soil. Upon finding the wild crop, the Etruscans set about domesticating, and eventually cultivating, the grapes that would someday be today’s Sangiovese and Lambrusco varieties.

  • Tuscany is medieval villages

    These small and quaint towns contain within itself the essence of Tuscany: their aspect, simply elegant and sophisticated, is a perfect combination of local art and architecture, which harmonizes perfectly with the surrounding enchanting landscape. Our favorites? San Gimignano, Volterra, Pitigliano, Monteriggioni...

  • Tuscany is steak

    Of course, we cannot talk about Tuscan cuisine and forget to mention the famous steak that comes from Valdarno and Mugello called "bistecca alla fiorentina".  The Tuscan steak, which comes from a special cow breed, the Chianina, is served very rare alongside roasted potatoes and beans. It can be found at most Tuscan restaurants throughout the region but some are better than others. If you truly want to experience a grand meat meal, head to Dario Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti, who is famous for his steaks. 

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Podere le Ripi Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino 2015
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Podere le Ripi Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Tuscany

Justin shares his thoughts about Podere le Ripi Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino 2015, the little brother of Brunello

Riecine Palmina Rosé Toscana IGT 2019
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Riecine Palmina Rosé Toscana IGT 2019

Tuscany

Justin shares his thoughts about Riecine Palmina Rosé Toscana IGT 2019, a fruity, crispy and easy to drink wine and certainly food friendly.

Montalcino: beyond the Brunello
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Montalcino: beyond the Brunello

Tuscany

Fourth episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

Brunello the Italian dream
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Brunello the Italian dream

Tuscany

Third episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

Geographica description of a territory divided into sides and slopes
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Geographica description of a territory divided into sides and slopes

Tuscany

Second episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

From Montalcino to Brunello
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From Montalcino to Brunello

Tuscany

First episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

Elisabetta and The Biscotti Factory
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Elisabetta and The Biscotti Factory

Tuscany

Elisabetta is one of those people who has a smile that can light up a room.

The Art of Living: Castello di Ama
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The Art of Living: Castello di Ama

Tuscany

It feels incredible strolling down the cobblestone streets of the village of Ama, not only because of its medieval history, but because of the fact that there is an astounding collection of contemporary art all around you.

Culinary / Cultural encounter: Antonio Mattei
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Culinary / Cultural encounter: Antonio Mattei

Tuscany

To get into the mood, we discussed about food hybridity over Mattei's cantucci and pu’erh tea. ⁣

Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Toscana Bianco IGT 2019
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Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Toscana Bianco IGT 2019

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Justin shares his thoughts about Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Toscana Bianco IGT 2019: "It almost tastes like a red wine in the white wine’s cloth".

Brushing up on essential cocktail knowledge: the Negroni
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Brushing up on essential cocktail knowledge: the Negroni

Tuscany

Mixologist Massimo takes us on a tour of Italian bitters, grappa and amari, brushing up on essential cocktail knowledge. Let's start with a Negroni. 

Antonio Mattei & the Cantucci factory
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Antonio Mattei & the Cantucci factory

Tuscany

The small town of Prato, just a short train ride from Florence, is home to the charming and original home of Mattei biscuits, in business since 1858. Antonio Mattei started the business and it remains in family hands today, celebrated for their delicious artisanal, handmade biscuits.

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