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

What are you waiting for????

Ilaria Simi

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Dit’Unto in Villa a Sesta.  Next Sunday, 11th of October, don’t miss the event “Dit’Unto” in Villa a Sesta near Castelnuovo Berardenga and not far from Siena! It’s a festival where you must eat…but with hands! The expression “Dit’Unto” is abbreviation for Dita Unte in italian that means dirty fingers with oil, sauces or somenthing else which is soil.

Dit’Unto- Villa a Sesta

This is a festival dedicated to street food, very popular in this period. There will be 43 stands that will present typical tuscan dishes and products. The festival will take place in Villa a Sesta from 11 a.m till 22.00 p.m You can taste good food and admire the real poor tuscan cuisine and every kind of tuscan street food like lampredotto and all the typical Siena desserts.

Villa a Sesta


Among the most important guests we must remember Valeria Piccini from Caino Restaurant in Montemerano, Enzo Parri, chef and owner of Enzo restaurant in Siena, Gaetano Trovato, chef of Arnolfo restaurant in Colle Val d’Elsa and Mauro Uliassi, chef of the Uliassi restaurant in Senigallia. Everything will be organized, as usual, by Circolo di Villa a Sesta.

Are you ready to mess your fingers up? :)

Ilaria Simi

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Chianti Ecomarathon 2015. Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a really interessant event which can join the passionates of nature, sport, good Tuscan food and running. We are talking about the Chianti Ecomarathon which will take place next 17th and 18th October. All the runners who will participate to this initiative, the will have the occasion of cross over and run through the beautiful tuscan nature in one of the better known area of this region: Chianti.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

In particular, the availables trails for the Chianti Ecomarathon are six in total and they are divided into: Ecomarathon of 42 km, Chianti Classic Trail of 21 km, Luca Trail of 14 km, the Ecopromenade of 10 km, the Wineries walk of 8 km and the Nordic Walking of 11 km.

How about the Ecomarathon of 42 km, it is important to notice that there are not so many climbs but it is rather a run throght the Siennese hills. The highest point is about 627 meters and the lowest is of 206. Her you find most white streets next to the vineyards. The arrival is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

The Classic Chianti Trail of 21 km is the new of this year. The trail was extended of 3 km through which it will be possible to admire a unique landscape of Siena, Val d’Orcia and the Chianti area.

The Luca Trail of 14 km was confirmed also this year and this one was extended of 3 km. The departure is from san Gusmè on Sunday, 18th at 9.30. This is a rather simple trail.

Moreover on Sunday 18th October you can partecupate to teh 9th Edition of Eco-Promenade of 10 km. The departure is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga. It is adressed to all people who love have a walk through the vineyards, cypresses and olive trees.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

Another initiative is the Wineries Walk; it seems to be created for food and wine lovers! The appointment is for Saturday 17th of October in Castelnuovo Berardenga where you can participate at this tour of 8 km in order to discover the most important agricultural holdings of Chianti. You can also taste wine and some traditional Tuscan dishes and food. At the end of the tour, in the centre of the village there will be a market rich in typical products.

The last choice is the famous Nordic Walking with his trail of 11 km.

And you, which kind of trail do you prefer?


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Luca Festival in San Gusmè. From the next weekend will take place the so-called “Luca Festival” in San Gusmè, also known as one of the Chianti pearls. The Festival opens the 3rd of September till 13th. In particular this edition 2015 will be devoted to San Gusmè history, from the Middle Ages till the Renaissance. The origin of the festival is in 1972, when Silvio Gigli rediscovered Luca Cava legend.

Luca Festival in San Gusmè

Legend has it, in 1888 a farmer of the area, Giovanni Bonechi, put a stone statue in his land in order to tempting people doing there their business. The aim was to maintain the territory and the village as clean as possible in an historical period when there were not toilet facilities.
The statue represents a man who was doing his business and was covering his privates with a hat.

Luca Cava statue

In the 1940s, some inhabitants of San Gusmè, tired of being laughed at because of the statue, removed it and threw it in a lake.
After 10 years, Silvano Gigli, director and filmmaker born in Castelnuovo Berardenga, decided to hold a referendum in order to decide about the creation of a new statue of Luca Cava.
One time received the consent, the new statue has been drawn under a picture of Emilio Giannelli and created by Marcello Neri. The message of this statue is the following: “king, imperator, pope, philosopher, poet, farmer and worker: the man in his daily functions”.

Luca Cava statue

In the program of this edition there will be the preview of a docu-film based on “Albicocche Rosse”, a theatrical representation of July 2014 which talk about an historical event, the Palazzaccio massacre, during the II World War in San Gusmè. During the second weekend of the Festival there will be a day dedicated to music, games and storytelling. The last day of the Festival you can assist at the traditional barrels race and at the historical promenade through the streets of San Gusmè city centre.

Luca Festival in San Gusmè

Enjoy and have good time with Luca Festival!!!

Ilaria Simi

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The Bravìo in Montepulciano. The last Sunday in August, in Montepulciano will take place the so-called barrel race, the Bravìo, a challenge among the eight districts also known as Contrade of the city. Once this challenge was competed with horses and but today with barrels. These ones, which weigh is 80 kg, are pushed and rolled by two athletes called “pushers” along a path of about 1600 meters through the streets of the old town until the arrival at the Duomo of Montepulciano in Piazza Grande.

The Bravìo

The race is preceded by an historical parade with the participation of over 200 figures that offer a unique spectacle with flag bearers and drummers.
In particular the word Bravìo comes from vulgar Bravium and stands for the prize awarded by the winner and which consists of a painted banner. Every year there is a different theme but you can always find painted the the image of the patron of Montepulciano San Giovanni Decollato. The history of the districts of Montepulciano dates back to 1373 years when the reform of the municipality charter devotes Chapter 30 at the Palio creation, in honor of Montepulciano patron. The Bravìo was disputed with horses until the 17th century before being canceled because of public policy.

Bravìo parade

The districts are described in the Statute of the City in 1337 and are: GRACCIANO, POGGIOLO, VOLTAIA, CAGNANO, LE COSTE, COLLAZZI, TALOSA and SAN DONATO and which are divided into third or terzieri:
Santa Maria: white, pink mystic emblem, composed by the districts of Cagnano, Collazzi San Donato.
St. Francis: green, a thistle emblem, composed by the districts Talosa, Le Coste and Voltaia.
St. Augustine: red crest pastoral miter, made up of the districts of Gracciano and Poggiolo.
GRACCIANO: green and black colors, crest lion dominant leader in gold.
POGGIOLO: white and blue emblem three knolls.
VOLTAIA: red and black coat of arms, stylized time on shield hooked.
CAGNANO: green and blue colors, emblem lactating bitch.
COLLAZZI: green and yellow colors, emblem orca marine ride.
THE COAST: yellow and blue emblem six bands oblique
TALOSA: yellow and red emblem three roses
SAN DONATO: red and white emblem Episcopal insignia

Montepulciano Contradas

The recent history of Bravìo instead begins in 1974 when a priest, Don Marcello del Balio, had the original idea to transform the ancient horse race with the barrel race. The idea was particularly popular also thanks to the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
And on the last Sunday of August the Bravìo takes place. In the morning at 10:00 am the first ceremonies are held in Piazza Grande with the extraction of the starting order of the barrels. In the afternoon at 15.00 starts the parade through the streets of Montepulciano. Finally at 19.00 the barrels begin to roll on the stone leaving from Marzocco’s column.

The Bravìo

The Palio

During all the week before the Sunday of the challenge, there are various appointments and events, and every night the lands remain open ready to welcome the people of Montepulciano and not only, with typical dishes, wine, and music festival.

And so.. next Sunday see you all in Montepulciano!!!

Ilaria Simi

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The protagonists of the Palio: horses and jockeys. Hello everyone from Borgo Grondaie!
The 16th of August is already gone but Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a very important event which represents the full medieval tradition: the Palio of Siena.
Last Monday the 17th the Palio has taken place in Siena. It has been postponed because of the rainy weather. As usual, the 10 contrade have challenged in the main square of Siena, Piazza del Campo, in order to win the famous and the so-called Drappellone, that is the the important painting created for this event which is the award for the competion. It’s also called Cencio by Siena people. The artist who has created the Drappellone for this Palio is a woman and her name is Elisabetta Rogai.

The Palio

The contrade that have taken part the competition are: Shell, Wave, Tower, Tortoise, Goose, She-Wolf, Porcupine. Moreover there have been 3 contrade which have been chosen by lot last 5th of July and they are: Ram, Snail and Forest.
The winner has been the Forest!!!

It’s important to remember that the Palio of Siena is not an event organized with a touristic aim but, on the contrary, it represents a fundamental aspect of Siena tradition. It has very ancient origins that date back to 1644 with the first Palio with horses, just like today. The Palio has always been going on, without interruption, with the exception of the period between the two world wars in the twentieth century.
Each district is like a small city-state, ruled by a Prior. There is also a captain assisted by two or three contradaioli (contrada supporters) called “Mangini”.

Within the territory of each district there is a church, a headquarter and a museum, in which all the memorabilia, the hangings of the Palios won, costumes, flags, documents, archives and all that concerns the life Contrada are stored.
The preparation begins officially on 13th of August, or four days before the race.
The protagonists of this event are of course the horses and jockeys. And it is why we decided to provide some more detailed information about the winners horses and jockeys since 2000.

In particular, the horses that have made the Palio history and who have raced and won were:
Berio, that has won the Palio for 4 times in August 2002, 2003, 2005 and July 2005;


Fedora Saura, winner of 3 Palios, in July 2007, July 2010 and August 2011;

Fedora Saura

Già del Menhir, that has won 2 Palios in July 2008 and July 2009;

Già del Menhir

Istriceddu, winner in August 2009 and 2010;


Morosita Prima, winner in August 2013 and July 2015;

Morosita Prima

Ugo Sanchez, winner in July 2001 and 2002;

Ugo Sanchez

Zodiach, winner in August 2001 and July 2003;


There are also some horses winners of one Palio and they are:
Alesandra, winner in August 2004;
Brento, winner in August 2007;
Caro Amico, winner in August 2006;
Choci, winner in July 2006;
Donosu Tou, winner in July 2004
Elisir di Logudoro, winner in July 2008
Gangelies, winner in July 2000
Guess, winner in July 2013
Ivanov, winner in July 2012
Lo Specialista, winner in August 2012
Mississippi, winner in July 2011
Occolè, winner in August 2014
Oppio, winner in July 2014
Urban II, winner in September 2000
Venus VIII, winner in August 2000

How about jockeys we must remember:

Luigi Bruschelli known as Trecciolino, winner of 10 Palios


Andrea Mari, known as Brio, winner of 5 Palios


Giovanni Atzeni known as Tittia, winner of 4 Palios


Luca Minisini known as , winner of 3 Palios

Alberto Ricceri known as Salasso, winner of di 3 Palios


Giuseppe Zedde known as Gingillo, winner of 2 Palios


Jonathan Bartoletti known as Scompiglio, winner of 2 Palios


Giuseppe Pes known as il Pesse, Antonio Villella known as Sgaibarre and Silvano Mulas known as Voglia, winners of 1 Palio.

Il Pesse


Il Voglia

And you, what is your favourite contrada????


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The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. From July 24th until 30th of September, Siena offers you a unique show: we are talking about the so-called Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. It is a cultural experience concerning the cathedral and the city of Siena. In particular, the project has been organized by the Municipality of Siena and the Metropolitan Opera in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civitache.

The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena


Spectators can assist at a videomapping on 3D projected directly on the cathedral. Everything will be accompanied by lots of technology that will allow you to project on 800 square meters of surface images of huge dimensions. The show is divided into five acts and has the purpose to tell about the Siena history, the cathedral and also to tell the story of the city, its places and its people. The story will talk about the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the tragedy of the Black Death that struck the city of Siena in 1348.

Siena Cathedral


Siena Cathedral



The show will take place every day of the week in Piazza Duomo in Siena, from July to September, with two projections in the evening, after sunset, every day from 24 July to 30 September 2015, except for the period from 13 to 16 August. You can attend two performances daily of half-hour at 21.15 and 22.15.
The ticket price is 13,00 Euro, 8.00 for children 7 to 11 years, for students up to 26 years with a valid student card, journalists and publicists. It is free for children under 6, the disabled, tourist guides and interpreters in the province of Siena.
You can buy them at a fixed price of 35.00 Euro for families composed by two parents and up to 4 children.
With 22.00 Euro you can takethe combined ticket with the OPA SI PASS. Tickets can be bought directly from ls Ticket in Piazza Duomo and in stores Ticketone or online on ladivinabellezza.com, operaduomo.siena and ticketone.it.

Have good time and enjoy with the Divine Beauty made in Siena!!!

In Chiusdino, a village located about thirty kilometers from Siena, there is the Abbey of San Galgano, an open-air cathedral without  roof and floor, so reduced as a  prestigious ruin after a massive fire broke out at the end of the eighteenth century .

The magical atmosphere of this enchanting place will live again this year through music, dance and the great opera. Inside the Abbey, in fact, a theatre will be set up, preserving the historical and architectural value of the place.

A rich program of events that will be the protagonists of this summer 2012:

– AIDA: July ,7th/  August,3rd and 4th


– CARMINA BURANA: July, 13th/ August, 5th


– SWAN LAKE: July,20th

– THE SEASONS: July,22th  

– THE BARBER OF SEVILLE: July, 21st and 28th

– ARISA: July, 26th

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