A cycling tour with Tuscany.Bikes

A cycling tour with Tuscany.Bikes: a unique experience!

Tuscany is doubtless a region able to enchant you with its incredible panoramas; for this reason, the best way to visit it is riding a fantastic professional bicycle.

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The typical Tuscan vineyard – A Cycling Tour with Tuscany.Bike

It doesn’t matter which is your favorite kind of bicycle (road or mountain bikes), Borgo Grondaie suggests you organizing your tour with Tuscany.Bike; the best bikes will be available to you, to satisfy all your likings and needs, thanks to their partnership with the famous Italian brand “Bianchi “.

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All the bikes you can choose – A Cycling Tour with Tuscany.Bike

You do not have to worry about anything, because Tuscany.Bike will procure all the equipment you will need in order to start your unique tour; without adding a cent to you bill, they will give you an helmet, a hi-viz jacket, GPS tracks and, while you are travelling with your children, even baby trailers.

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The kit of the tour – A Cycling Tour with Tuscany.Bike

What makes this service so incredible is the delivery; once you will have rented your bicycle, they will deliver it (and, after your tour, pick it up) everywhere you are and anywhere you want.  Furthermore, if you are travelling with lots of heavy luggage (maybe because of a long stay here in Tuscany), they will pick them up at the delivery of the cycles and carry them straight to your destination. For this reason, if you are planning a stay in our marvelous setting here in Borgo Grondaie don’t worry: all your luggage will be waiting for you right here!

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A rest on the Tuscan hills – A Cycling Tour with Tuscany.Bike

And right from Borgo you will be able to start one of the uncountable tours, that Tuscany offers you, cycling along paved or dirt roads and crossing  the typical hills and the wonderful medieval hamlets. If you have any request, be calm, they will certainly realize it; Tuscan.Bike organizes customized tours for all cyclists, in order to satisfy everyone’s wishes. Are you seeking a trip throughout the villages or among the green hills and vineyards? Are you seeking an insidious tour, thought for trained cyclists or a relaxing one, appropriate for who does not want to struggle? Everyone will be pleased.

 A Cycling Tour with Tuscany.Bike - Borgo Grondaie

A Cycling Tour with Tuscany.Bike – Borgo Grondaie

Endingly, those who have not tried an experience like this before but want to deal with it, admiring all the beauties that our lands offer them, will be flanked by expert and certified guides.

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A ride through the NAture – A Cycling Tour with Tuscany.Bike

If you are a lover of cycling tours and you are looking for some breath-taking landcapes, Borgo Grondaie and Tuscany.Bike are certainly what you need: safety, comfort and reliability.

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7 major reasons to come visiting Siena

Are you wondering about visiting Siena soon? Perfect! Give a read to this mini-guide, there are some tips about our stunning city!
1)  The centuries-old origin
Siena has a very long history, dating back to the Etruscan era. Its name probably comes either from the Etruscan Saina/Seina or the Latin Saena Iulia, which means the city has a truly early origin. Though, the main development of the city happened through the Middle-Age, which was its golden age. Then the center was given its present appearance: it is said that Siena, from the top of the hills, was the queen reigning on the area. The uniqueness of Siena lies in its urban peculiar skyline: rich in churches and monuments, Siena distinguishes itself from any other town in the world for the unparalleled devise of its palaces.
The wonderful "Porta Camollia" entrance

The wonderful “Porta Camollia” entrance

2)  It is easy to reach and to visit
Siena is perfectly located in the Tuscan core. The highways which connect the city with both Florence (north side) and Grosseto (seaside) mean that Siena is easily to reach by car or motorbike: also, a bypass which enclose the city ensure the traffic to always be sliding. Once inside, a visit to the whole center only takes a few hours: the city is people-oriented, although to discover all its secrets and attractions a full weekend would not be enough! Its littleness makes the city safe and silent: the dangers and noises of bigger cities will only be a memory!
Tuscan Main Roads

Tuscan Main Roads

 

3) Its perfect location to visit all Tuscany
Laying in the perfect side of our region, Siena is close to many beautiful towns and areas of Tuscany: from Siena, reaching the wonderful  medieval towns of Volterra, San Gimignano or Monteriggioni  is really easy and just need around half an hour drive. Also, it is simple to reach Montalcino, Pienza, Arezzo and Cortona  and both the Chianti wine area and Florence are not distant at all. The marvelous southern coast is not hard to get to: it lies within 1 hour drive from Siena.
Sienese countryside map

Sienese countryside map

4) The world-famous cooking
The Italian food is well-known and renowned worldwide:  the Tuscan cooking and particularly the traditional meals of Siena  make no exceptions and are internationally appreciated. One of the best courses you can eat in Siena are the “Pici”, a kind of pasta similar to Spaghetti but quite bigger and larger. Also, another exceptional first course is the “Pappardelle al sugo di cinta” ( “Pappardelle pasta with boar meat sauce”),  or the famous “Ribollita”, a soup made with beans, bread, extra virgin olive oil, savoy cabbage and a bit of legumes.  Beefsteaks of Chianina (the typical cow race of the area) are also incredibly tasty  and are prepared in various ways.
The famous Pici

The famous Pici

 

5) The people’s open-air attitude
Generally, people in Siena love to stay  at the open air. Given the warm weather lasting approximately the entire year, people are used to go trekking in the Via Francigena’s paths, have strolls around the city center’s streets and, when the darkness falls, have a Spritz in Piazza del Campo. The natural attitude for Sienese to stay outside makes them sincerely cheerful and pleasant, and always willing to help. The best attitude for a touristic city, isn’t it?
Via Francigena sign

Via Francigena sign

 

6) The Palio and the various fun events
Siena means Palio: this assumption has spread worldwide.  The Palio is, indeed, one of the main events taking place in Siena, maybe the most gripping and attracting, too. But this wonderful  tradition goes paired with many others events taking place all over the year. Siena offers various theatrical spectacles, great operas, the famous “Bravio delle Botti”, a 1 km race of  barrels in Montepulciano, and the marvelous concerts in San Galgano abbey, where the roof absence makes the atmosphere incredible.
Palio of Siena

Palio of Siena

And then… last but not least… what is the seventh reason to come visiting Siena?
7) The Borgo Grondaie
Set in the stunning location of the surroundings of Siena, the Borgo lies close to the center, in an open space rich in meadows and olive trees, which makes, together with the wonderful staff, clients feel at ease. The Borgo, where both apartments and rooms are available, is crowned by the salt water pool : when the sun gets burning, there is nothing better than a plunge in the refreshing water of the pool.  Come here to visiting Siena! We are waiting for anybody but you!

 

 

Borgo Grondaie - Pool

Borgo Grondaie – Pool

 

 

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Relaxing summer in Siena!

Summer means holidays, fun, relax: where else to travel to, then, unless Siena and the marvelous setting of the Borgo?

The borgo, stunning residence immersed in the hills surrounding Siena, is set only a 10’ walk away from the train station, as well as a 10’ drive from the motorway exits of “Siena Nord” and “Siena Ovest”. The city center lies at a short distance from our residence and can be easily reached on foot, by car or by bus.

The Borgo Entrance

The Borgo Entrance

Among the various facilities of Borgo Grondaie lies the pool: the perfect location to relax after a day-long stroll around the tiny streets in the core of Siena.

The Borgo’s pool, perfectly set between the heart of the meadows and the olive trees, lays close to both the apartments and the hotel rooms. It is open every day during summer and offers a peculiar feature: it’s a salt water pool.

The Salt Pool - View on Siena

The Salt Pool – View on Siena

The advantages of having a salt water pool are multiple, and mainly stand in the chlorine absence.

Do you recall the disagreeable feeling on the skin coming out of a swimming pool?

Fine. Now imagine doing the same thing without having that unpleasant sensation. How does it feel? It is nice, isn’t it?

Our pool can guarantee that! Naturally chlorine-free, it only contains 4 gr/l of salt instead of 35gr/l average of the sea, therefore assuring all benefits of salt water without providing any unpleasant sensation.

What are these benefits?

The salt water pool

The salt water pool

As back as in the Greek era, mankind knew that the salt is healthy for the skin: it helps to clean it, it is optimally exfoliating  and detoxifies too. Its moisturizing effect helps the cellular regeneration and can help with various diseases, such as the eczema or the asthma too.

Given the presence of salt in the water, there is no need of adding chemical products as the anti-seaweed, essential to the maintenance of the water integrity in non-salt water pools.

The chlorine-added absence also prevent your skin from presenting side-effects such as the reddening, the dryness or the opacity. Tissues’ fading and both the nausea and the vile smell are avoided as well.

Thanks to an electronic device, salinity levels are kept steady and the salt is transformed by electrolysis in sodium  hypochlorite, which ensure the water to be completely safe.

The salt water - Purification process

The salt water – Purification process

The thalassotherapy is available too at our pool: this therapy can be wickedly useful in case of joint pain, arthrosis, or rachitic issues. It also help to solve some skin’s problem like eczemas, psoriasis or dermatitis. The mineral salts of the water help reactivating the metabolism and the blood flow, fighting the skin aging and the cellulitis by cutting toxic substances out. Salt can be also useful to fight insomnia and stress back.

The salt pool - Summer

The salt pool – Summer

What are you waiting for then? Come to Borgo Grondaie and blend your summer with happiness! We are all waiting for you!

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8 tips you need to know about Italy

If you are planning a trip to our country, here are 8 tips you need to know about Italy.

1- Italian body language and gestures

Italian Body Language - 8 tips about Italy

Italian Body Language – 8 tips about Italy

Since your arrival in Italy, there is something you will be astonished by: the gestures. Everyone, in Italy, use the body language to reinforce what he wants to say. Since it is really easy to misunderstand this way to communicate, we suggest you watching this funny video, helpful to understand the most commonly used gestures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FVIqSTJK6I

2- City tax

City tax - 8 tips you need to know about Italy

City tax – 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Don’t worry if the tax changes from town to town. Yes, it sounds a bit odd, but every city has its own tax depending on its needs: by the way, we are talking about a few euros tax.

3- Parking

Parkings' colours - 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Parkings’ colours – 8 tips you need to know about Italy

In Italy the parking system includes a variety of stripes.

Looking for a free slot you will mainly find 3 different colours:

  • White – This one means the parking is free
  • Blue – If you find the blue strips you will have to pay a small fee (depending on the hours of stay)
  • Yellow – This slot Is not available unless you are disabled or you are carrying one.

4- Roads’ colours and rules

Roads' colours - 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Roads’ colours – 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Like as the parking lots, even the roads (in particular the road signs) have different colours and different speed limits.

  • Urban streets – The common streets, where you will drive every day in each town or city. They are absolutely free and the colour you will find is white. Inside the town the speed limit is 50 km/h
  • Suburban roads – While you exit from the town and decide to move to another one, you will drive in this free streets, where the limit is 90 km/h (55 mph) and the signs’ colour is white
  • Motorways– These are such as a middle way between suburban roads and motorways. Even if they are completely free, here you will not find any pedestrian, cyclist or small motors. If you don’t want to pay any toll, this would be the best choice; the speed limit is 110 km/h (68 mph) and their signposts are blue
  • Toll roads – These are the fastest roads you will find in Italy, with its 130 km/h (80 mph) limit, but here you will need to pay a toll. The colour of their signs is green.

5- Italian breakfast

Italian breakfast - 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Italian breakfast – 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Italy, as you know, is famous all around the world for its food. Therefore, in our culture every meal is important, starting from the breakfast. Nonetheless, while you are going to have a breakfast in a café, you will not find any bacon or eggs, because our traditional breakfast is composed by a pastry and an Espresso or a Cappuccino. However, nowadays, many hotels and residences prepare a “continental breakfast”, which includes even bacon, eggs and cold cuts.

6- Taxi

Taximeter - 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Taximeter – 8 tips you need to know about Italy

If you are planning a dinner out with some friends or family and you prefer not driving back to your hotel or residence, don’t worry, there are a lot of taxi services, that will carry you wherever you want. Don’t be surprised by the taximeter, which generally starts from 6€ during the day and 8€ at night. That’s because you have to pay the call

7- Tips

Tips - 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Tips – 8 tips you need to know about Italy

In the Italian restaurants, waiters are not supposed to be paid for their service. Instead, you will pay the “Coperto”, a standard fee always added to your bill: its price’s range is usually between 1€ and 3€. Therefore, you will not have to pay the tip, unless you want to reward the waiter.

8- Noises at lunch/dinner

Noises at lunch/dinner - 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Noises at lunch/dinner – 8 tips you need to know about Italy

Somewhere, around the world, burping is considered a way to show your appreciation for the meal. In Italy, it’s quite the opposite: a burp is a sign of a bad education. So, unless you want to be considered a boor, remember not to burp in front of your tablemates!

These are just a few practical tips. So, if you want to visit Italy, join us and… remember to print this leaflet!

 

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Borgo Grondaie closer to the city center. In November 7th the new bus terminal in Viale Lombardi in Siena, was finally inaugurated thanks to the underpass which connects directly to Piazzale Rosselli in front of the Train Station of Siena. It makes easier to reach the city center of Siena.

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Entrace- Piazzale Rosselli

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From the new bus terminal you can get all the blue buses that lead you to Buonconvento-Torrenieri-Montalcino, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Chianciano Terme, Pienza-Montepulciano, Villa a Sesta-San Gusmè, Asciano, Gaiole in Chianti-Pianella-Pievasciata, Montevarchi and Pitigliano. Moreover from there, you can also get all the orange traditional urban buses.

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Bus terminal

A beautiful work that will surely be appreciated from all the guests of Borgo Grondaie. It is an important change that allows Borgo Grondaie to be closer to the city center of Siena. Thanks to the underpass connecting with the Train Station of Siena, you can make a pedestrian path only, completely covered in case of rain, leading you to the city centre of Siena through the escalator from Piazza Rosselli that leads you till the Antiportoof Camollia.
From Borgo Grondaie you will reach the new bus terminal in Viale Lombardi (in front of Chianti Bank) and from there, once you have done the underpass, inside you will find escalators which take you directly into the shopping center Porta Siena (which is located in front of the train station); continuing with the mechanized lifts you will exit at Antiporto of Camollia.

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Once you have reached Porta Camollia, a medieval gate of Siena, with a short walk you can easily reach Campo Square.

From Borgo Grondaie you can reach the city centre in only 20 minutes through completely covered path which is and heated during the winter months and air-conditioned in summer.

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It is important to say thanks to those who designed this work that will certainly appreciated by the Siena people, but also by tourists who decide to stay in Siena.

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The Market in Campo Square. On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of December 6 the traditional winter meeting of “The Market in Campo Square” come back in Siena. A real dive in the fourteenth century among history and culinary excellences and craftsmanship. This year the event is dedicated to “Siena, the capital city of Italian Culture“. As in the fourteenth century, the Campo Square will be the place of business and social life of the city.

The Market in Campo Square

Two days to relive the atmosphere of the historic “Great Market” which took place once a week in Siena during the fourteenth century: over 140 stands will showcase the best products of food, agriculture, crafts and manufacturing stuff to give life to a unique event aimed at reviving what happened in the Middle Ages.

The Market in Campo Square

The program also includes guided tours, children’s activities, a rich program of tastings and live entertainment.
The Podestà courtyard inside the Public Palace, in Campo Square, will host “Vinarte” where you can taste our best wines acquiring your own cup, and a book of taste. Here you can also watch the shows of the Siena Jazz Foundation.
Do not miss theatrical improvisations in medieval style of Aresteatro with Francesco Ravines.

Another interesting initiative is the “Market of Ideas“, a literary salon with some books presentations and their authors from five cities that have shared with Siena the title for Italian Capital of Culture 2015, Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia-Assisi and Ravenna.

Things to buy- Market in Campo Square

Among the events “format baby” we must remember the laboratory directed by Podere Forte of Castiglione d’Orcia whit the intention of get new flavors to little tasters, and always dedicated to babies and youngers, there will be the Francigena path on Saturday, December 5th departing at 15.00 from Piazza Salimbeni to know the history and stories of the pilgrims with Gino! You can book within Thursday, December 3th at 17:00 at Centro Guide Siena, number 0577 43273 or by e-mail to info@guidesiena.it. The route will make a stop in the Public Palace in Campo Square and will end with a snack inside Orto de ‘Pecci. Moreover you can find lots of thematic workshops and cooking food shows in collaboration with the High School Artusi of Chianciano Terme that will bring its students directly in the Campo Square.

The invitation also comes from a lot of restaurants of the city of Siena will offer special menus with typical Tuscan flavors in order to appreciate so much more Siena.
The restaurants that will be present are: Antica Trattoria Botteganova, Fori Porta, Grotta del Gallo Nero, Grotta di Santa Caterina “Bagoga” The Bandierino, The Brewery, Millevini, Osteria Babazuf, Restaurant Window, Te Ke you.
The Market in the Campo Square is part of the program of events “All the Christmas of Siena“, promoted by the Municipality of Siena with the support of Monte Paschi Bank.

A unique event that we recommend to all our guests in Borgo Grondaie and those who will arrive in the next days.

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Let’s go hunt mushrooms. Mushrooms are among the ingrediets of tasty recipes and we find them in many dishes from around the world.
In addition to being delicious, mushrooms are able to make us feel better, not only for their nutrients but also because hunt mushrooms is a very nice way to spend a relaxing daywalking in the woods and mountains which Tuscany and in particulary the area around Siena, is rich.

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Risotto with porcini mushrooms

Pizza with mushrooms

Depending on the period of growth, we can say that we can find mushrooms almost everywhere. Despite their adaptability, their ideal habitat remains the woods. Their growth is also linked to seasonal cycles; as a general rule it can be said that in order to hunt mushrooms it is necessary that there are certain atmospheric conditions and temperature, generally between 15 and 25 degrees and that these are accompanied by a certain degree of humidity of the soil. It is known that for their development, the mushrooms require a hot, humid climate, provided that it has between mid-August and mid-October.
The stormy days, as well as wind and drought determine the contrary unfavorable conditions for their growth. Not necessarily the plant, or the “spawn”, dies; it can simply stop its activity and it went into “hibernation”.

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Mushrooms

For all those who want to experiment with this new hobby and look for mushrooms, remember that their recognition is an art that you learn with a bit of study and a lot of experience!
In general you have to keep in mind that the best time to devote to research runs from early August to late September. Moreover, according to people with some experience, the hours of the day most suitable “to hunt mushrooms“, are those of the afternoon with two advantages, the best lighting conditions and terrain. In fact, in the afternoon is the grass that the undergrowth have lost the dew, the soil is drier and the same fungi are in better condition to be collected.

With regard to the method, remember that you’ll need a stick of wood that will be used to move the leaves, a wicker basket or other material that allows air to circulate inside, however, and the spores fall in order to ensure the rebirth in the future, and a knife. When you found a mushroom is important not to touch it with your hands if you do not know the species. In case you’re sure that this is a non-poisonous mushroom, helping you pick it up with a knife, clean thoroughly the stem so that the earth, the mycelium can fall on the ground. It is important to gather mushrooms that we are sure of their edibility.

The best-known mushrooms are definitely the following: porcini, champignons and the most poisonous, amanita falloide.

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Porcini

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Amanita Falloide

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Amanita Falloide

Mushrooms are then linked to legends and curiosity. It is said for example that the greek hero Perseus, after a long journey, managed to find comfort thanks to water which was contained in the cap of a mushroom. To show his gratitude, then he founded a colony called Mycenae, whose name derives from the greek word for mushrooms. In the Middle Ages it was believed instead that mushrooms grow in circles after a Sabbath, a meeting between witches and wizards, or after a dance of gnomes and elves.
Mushrooms are moreover valuable allies of man: in agriculture, for example, are  they are useful in order to recultivate the land precisely because they absorb pesticides and pollutants. So pay attention where you collect them!

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Mushrooms variety

A very particular and less known mushroom is the Reishi or Lingzhi, used for teas and liqueurs. It is considered by the Chinese medicine “the mushroom of immortality”.
Then we have a curiosity that we hope will make you smile! It may sound incredible, but it seems that Viagra accelerates mushrooms’ growth. The reaction was discovered in Switzerland and has been published in the prestigious journal Annals of Improbable Research.
At this point we wish you to have fun! Let’s go hunt mushrooms and and good luck from Borgo Grondaie!

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Be Tuscan! It’s not an hard work…for us. Today Borgo Grondaie has decided to surprise you with an unusual article! We hope you will enjoy it!

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Be Tuscan

We are going to talk about most common linguistic mistakes of our fantastic guests! It could happen to hear from an English-speaking person the word “Grazi” istead of “Grazie” (thanks). They don’t pronunciate that final “e” because in English that sound is “i” and not “e” as in Italian.

Another word which is very difficult for English people is “San Gimignano” because the diphtong “gn” does not exist in English! So you hear perople say “San Gimignino”, “San Gimgggnano” …..

San Gimignano

The list with linguistic mistakes made by foreigners that try to speak Italian could be endless and so we prefer focus on what a Tuscan person is, all his characteristics that made him DOC like the wine!

First of all, everybody knows that Tuscan people love to laugh, make fun and are very ironic and self-ironic people. They love have fun and share with friends their free time. They use a lot nicknames to take joke of friends (and not only) calling them “nasone” (big nose)” if he/her has a big one, “Kojak” (from the TV series of the famous detective) if he’s bald, “secco” (thin) for who is tall and thin and the exclamation “che scemo” (what a dummy) is a regular way to say to a friend when he/her makes something funny or unusual.

We use a lot our hands while speaking and we demostrate our affection for someone giving him/her strong pat on their shoulders.

What are the most important characteristics of a true Doc Tuscan?

First of all the right knowledge of Tuscan language. In Tuscany people don’t speak a dialect like in other Italian regions. In Siena and Firenze we are fomous for how we pronounce the “C”. Coca Cola for us is HOHA HOLA, “casa” (home) is HASA and “cannuccia” (straw) HANNUCCIA. Remember that Tuscany is the cradle of Italian language and we are very proud of that!

A symbol is represented by the film “Il Ciclone” by Leonardo Pieraccioni. It is a MUST for all Tuscan people! We suggest you to watch it!

Il Ciclone

Everybody knows Roberto Benigni, the symbol of Tuscan person. Does anyone remember his Oscar award in 1999 for the fim “La vita è bella”? A mix of happiness, spontaneity and exuberance!

Roberto Benigni- Oscar 1999

Roberto Benigni- Oscar 1999

Another characteristic of Tuscan people is their love and passion for good food and wines like Brunello or Chianti. We are proud of our recipes.

First of all we must remember the so-called “Ribollita” which is a soup of bread and vegetatables. The most important ingredient is the borecole. Ribollita means “boiled twice” because you must boil vegetables and bread two times!

Ribollita

So, in order to win over a Tuscan you must be ironic, make him/her laugh and love wine and food!

And you, what do you think about Tuscan people???

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Tuscan Pecorino. One of the most popular products of our region is without any doubt Pecorino cheese. Tuscan Pecorino is cheese with a PDO, or Protected Designation of Origin. It obtained this prestigious acknowledgment from the European Commission in 1996, after 10 years from that one obtained by the Italian State.

Pecorino is a general word used to indicate every kind of cheese made of ewe’s milk. In Italy it is possible to find a huge variety of Pecorino cheese. It depends on their origin arereas. In Tuscany you can find productions in Cortona, Barga, Pietrasanta, in Maremma, Casentino and Valdichiana areas. Closer to us don’t forget Chianti and Crete Senesi. A little curiosity: Pecorino cheese, produced in Crete Senesi was really appreciated by the Pope Pio II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who was born in Pienza in 1405.

The earliest historical references regarding Pecorino cheese get back Roman period, in particular in Naturalis Historia written by Plinio Il Vecchio. In reality it’s thought that the production was started even before, dating back to the Etruscan period. In XV century Pecorino cheese was known as “cacio marzolino” because of the period of producion (marzolino: marzo=March) that started in March and continue still all the Spring.

As regards its characteristics everybody knows that the basic element is milk, wich must be exclusively ewe’s milk. All the sheeps must be raised inside the territory under the PDO. In particular sheeps can belong to various breeds: Appenninica, Sopravvissana, Massese, Comisana or Sarda.

The Tuscan Pecorino PDO is kept in special natural places of fridges until it reaches the right ripeness. The Tuscan Pecorino PDO is consumed primarily as a dessert cheese. When it becomes very mature, it can also be used as a cheese for grating. The ripeness can last from 40 days till 6 months. It can be produced with ewe’s milk of two varietis: fresh or matured. The fresher type has a rind that varies in colour from yellow to straw yellow; the cheese is white or light yellow. It has a fragrant taste. The mature cheese has has a yellow to deep yellow rind, but depending on the daubs (tomato, ash, oil). The cheese inside is straw-yellow; its flavour is fragrant but never strong. Marking is done on the side of the cheese with ink on soft cheeses and with heat on semi-hard chesees. Among the most recommended wines with fresh Tuscan Pecorino there are Vernaccia of San Gimignano and Bianco of Pitigliano. With mature Tuscan Pecorino there are Brunello of Montalcino and Morellino of Scansano.


And now I write you two recipes in order to taste this amazing tuscan cheese!

Pasta with eggplant and Tuscan Pecorino

Ingredients for 4 people

2 eggplants
1 garlic clove
2 tomatoes
2 slices of pecorino
Oregano, olive oil, pasta

Wash your eggplants, dice and put them in a skillet with olive oil for 10 minutes. Put in garlic, oregano and tomatoes.
Meanwhile boil the pasta and dice Pecorino. When pasta is ready put all together and serve with olive oil and grated pecorino.

Grilled pecorino

Ingredients

Pecorino 400 gr
Peppermint
Oregano
Olive oil
Slice the pecorino and put all the slices inside a mixture of olive oil peppermint and oregano. After 1 hour grill them and serve when they are still hot.

And now… Enjoy your meal!!!!

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Florence is one of the most beautiful city in Italy, popular all over the world thanks to its monuments, Uffizi museum and Ponte Vecchio. For anyone who wants leave aside for one moment historical and artistic aspect and focus the attention on culinary aspects linked to Tuscan tradition, Borgo Grondaie suggest you a visit to the Central Market in Florence. This is a project concerning one of the most important places of Florence, which is the first floor of San Lorenzo Market. Here you can find a lot of traditional shops, all manage by artisans traders, lovers of their work and good Tuscan tradition.

Central Market in Florence

At the Central Market it is possible to do your shopping and buy groceries. You can also eat something directly there and sit down in one of the 500 seats available. The timetable is from 10.00 a.m till midnight. It is important to notice that dishes and food you can buy inside the market are genuine, healthy and authentic because all the traders have to sign a quality disciplinary. Every shop you find inside is the ideal place to buy or eat something special and…Italian!!

Central Market

Among the events organized inside the Central Market we must remember the “Mercamercatino” on Sunday 25th of October, 22th of November and 13th of December. Here you will find typical Tuscan products, tours, tastings and meetings. Another event available from 2nd to 23 October is the so-called “Merktoberfest”. Starting from 19, stewards and hostess will welcome you! You will be able to taste german food and Erdinger beer. Moreover every Wednesday it is possible to join the “Mercaledì” with street band and street food. Next meeting for 14 October starting from 8.00 pm.

Central Market in Florence

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Ilaria Simi

Published by Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie

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