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4 days to visit the beautiful Tuscan landscapes are few, but at Borgo Grondaie Siena we would love to suggest you an itinerary to admire and visit some places within easy reach and that we love so much:
1st DAY -SIENA
Cor magis tibi Sena pandit. This is the inscription that greets visitors at the entrance of Porta Camollia. The Latin phrase means that Siena opens a heart bigger than the door you’re going through.
So begins a visit to one of the most beautiful medieval cities in the world.Piazza del Campo, Siena Cathedral, the Basilica of San Domenico, the home of St. Catherine, the Palazzo Publico, the Torre del Mangia, the Basilica of St. Francis, the National Art Gallery and many other beauties will be discovered in a busy day.
foto: Antonio Cinotti
2ND DAY – SAN GIMIGNANO – MONTERIGGIONI
Monteriggioni is a typical example of a fortified village. The main square of the town is Piazza Roma. This is the main square of the Castle, which maintains the characteristics of the villages of Tuscany, but from a sense of “country” thanks to the vegetation of the surrounding gardens and orchards, but especially thanks to the green grass that is present in the pavement of the Church and in the spaces between squares paved square.
LEGENDS! It tells of underground tunnels, secret passages, and from the castle can reach the neighboring forts and Siena. Lowering into the well located in the main square you are able to reach the gate and from there you have access to one of the underground tunnels.
Fonte : http://www.monteriggionicastle.com/
San Gimignano also called the “city of towers” famous for Vernaccia wine DOCG, every year hosts millions of tourists from all over the world. Nowadays there are thirteen towers. It is said that in the fourteenth century there were seventy, at least one for every wealthy family. Tower represents the symbol of power so the highest was from the most rich family
Fonte : http://www.sangimignano.com/it/arte-e-cultura/cenni-storici
foto: Antonio Cinotti
3RD DAY- MONTEPULCIANO-PIENZA-MONTALCINO
Montepulciano is known worldwide for its wines Rosso di Montepulciano and Vin Santo, both with Denomination of Origin (DOC) which are produced exclusively in the territory and the ideal synthesis of environment, tradition, passion; the wine is now also one of the leading sectors of the economy of Montepulciano. Not to be missed when visiting the historic center: Bucelli Palace, the Church of St. Augustine, St. Agnes Church, Lodges of the grain. The Well of Griffins and lions.
foto: Tommy Clark
The history of Pienza is closely linked to that of Pope Enea Silvio Piccolomini born in Pienza in 1405 and in became Pope in 1458 under the name of Pius II.
Pienza has something very special as many of the streets have romantic names such as: Via della Fortuna (Street of Fortune), Via dell’Amore (Street of Love), Via del Bacio (Street of Kiss).
You can not leave without tasting the famous Pienza pecorino cheese made from sheep’s milk , the most precious among the cheese produced in this area.
Do you know that its particular flavor is due to the rare herbs that grow in this area called Crete Senesi (wormwood, salsify, juniper, birdsfoot trefoil, burnet, …)
foto: Antonio Cinotti
It is a lovely medieval town with narrow streets and alleyways. Currently famous for its wines among which the most valuable is the Brunello di Montalcino.
Among the churches one that deserves to be visited is the Abbey of St. Antimo. This church is a unique and significant example of Romanesque period. The monastic building was built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries and its grandeur is enhanced by the surrounding landscape, the pleasant valley of the river Starcia in which the presence of the olive tree is the key element .
foto: Antonio Cinotti
4TH DAY-CASTELLI DEL CHIANTI- BROLIO-MELETO- RADDA IN CHIANTI
CASTELLO DI BROLIO
The castle stands in the middle of endless vineyards, from which since 1141 the Ricasoli derive their famous wine. Although the castle is private, it’s possible to visit the gardens, the small museum and church. Walking on its stands you admire a beautiful views of the Chianti area.
foto: Giuseppe Moscato
CASTELLO DI MELETO
In the heart of Chianti, between Siena and Florence, in the town of Gaiole in Chianti is the Castle of Meleto, a stately historic mansion and farm that produces excellent wine. The oldest part of the castle is from beginning of one thousand. The castle belonged to the Benedictine monks and later became the property of the Ricasoli family that after having entered into possession in 1200, has expanded the building in 1700 and turned it into a beautiful country house. Since 1968, the property is the Viticola Tuscany Spa, a farm surrounded by vineyards specialized in the production of Chianti Classico DOCG.
RADDA IN CHIANTI
Radda in Chianti is one of the most fascinating medieval Chianti village, enclosed by towering walls. Nearby Radda in Chianti there are also many castles and beautiful churches, among which are certainly worth a visit to the Castle of Volpaia and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria in Prato
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Never tried a bruschetta with new olive oil ? If you’ve never tasted one, a visit to Tuscany in late November-December can not be missed in oder to see Olives Harvest. For olive oil, as for wine, vintages are never the same . Climate , water and soil influence aroma and flavor . Some people like to put garlic on bread but I love to taste the olive oil as it is. Living the oil means take care of the plant throughout the year, to work hard to peak the olives and get excited to see them squeeze at the oil mill. The olive harvest is almost completely manual. We strech a large circular tarpaulin under the olive tree , and then the olives are harvested by beating the high branches and combing the lower branches . The secret for a good oil is to take olives to the mill after a few days from the harvest inj order to avoid mold development that could adversely affect the flavor of the oil . This is why at Borgo Grondaie, like all those who have many olive trees, need more trips to the mill. Any excuse is good to eat a fantastic bruschetta !
The bruschetta is definitely the best way to enjoy the new oil. Remember that for the bruschetta you need a kind of bread with consistent guts. The best are definitely the bread baked in a wood oven and than…..lot of olive oil on!
Do you know that it is possible to make fantastic low calories breakfast cakes using olive oil? If you substitute butter with olive oil and yogurt can get healthy and tasty desserts.
The recipe for the realization that I propose is from the site http://www.lacucinaimperfetta.com
Ciambella all’olio extra vergine di oliva
Ingredients for a cake of 24 cm in diameter
- 340 gr. flour
- 200 gr. sugar
- 125 gr. white yogurt
- 120 gr. olive oil
- 4 eggs
- grated rind of 1 lemon1
- 1 teaspoonof baking powder
- icing sugar
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Put in a large bowl or in that of the mixer eggs with sugar and mount them together until the mixture is light and fluffy (if you don’t use a mixer use the electric whisk).
Add the oil and continue to work the mixture with the whisk.
and the flour where you will have joined the baking powder.
Also add the lemon zest and mix well with a wooden spoon.
On awell-oiled ring mold, pour the mixture in.
Bake at 180 degrees and bake for about 30 minutes or until the cake will not become golden brown (do the toothpick test).
Let the cake cool down, unmold and sprinkle with icing sugar!
I could tell you a thousand other ways to use the extra virgin olive oil, but I prefer you to come to find out in the land of Tuscany and we hope at Borgo Grondaie