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The Holy Grail of Pecorino Cheese

The Holy Grail of Pecorino Cheese

If you’ve never had Pecorino cheese directly from Italy, you’re in for a treat. This sheep’s milk cheese can be hard or soft and comes in hundreds of varieties. Despite this, there are four main types, which boast being the “holy grail” of Pecorino. All four enjoy protected PDO (Protected Destination of Origin) status (known …Read More
April 18, 2015
Wine Guide
Read between the vines: How what grows there regenerates the earth

Read between the vines: How what grows there regenerates the earth

Next time you’re looking at a vineyard, take your eyes off the grapes for a moment and look at the ground between the vines. What do you see? If you see a rigorous assortment of plants growing there, it’s a good thing! Dievole’s agronomist, Lorenzo Bernini, explains what plants we see here and why. “Our …Read More
April 16, 2015

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Italy Travel
5 Reasons to Add Monteriggioni to Your Tuscan Vacation

5 Reasons to Add Monteriggioni to Your Tuscan Vacation

Monteriggioni is a small medieval village, idyllically situated on the top of a hill, still surrounded by an entirely intact, formidable wall. It is on the medieval road, Via Francigena, a famous pilgrimage route that connects Rome to France and Canterbury. Additionally, Monteriggioni was even mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy, who noted the towns impressive …Read More
April 13, 2015
Italy Travel
Events in and around Siena – an annual calendar

Events in and around Siena – an annual calendar

If you’re visiting Tuscany at any time of year, there is so much to take in, from art and culture to food and wine, that it’s hard to come up with the perfect itinerary to fit it all in. But one of the most authentic things you can do is to participate in a local …Read More
April 8, 2015
Italy Travel
Five Films set in Tuscany

Five Films set in Tuscany

When it comes to romance and intrigue, Tuscany is the perfect backdrop. Its range of landscapes and cityscapes is a directors’ paradise – from the rolling hills of the Chianti Senese to the monumental beauty of Florence or the charming sidestreets of. Over the years, many films have incorporated Tuscany either as a backdrop or …Read More
April 2, 2015
Wine Guide
The secrets of Vin Santo in Tuscany

The secrets of Vin Santo in Tuscany

Tuscany is well known and regarded for its red wine. But you might be surprised to know that Tuscany also produces a sweet dessert wine called Vin Santo. When visiting the region, you will often see Vin Santo wine on restaurant dessert menus served along with cantuccini. Cantuccini are long and rectangular-shaped, hard cookies (what …Read More
March 17, 2015
Italy Travel
An art-lover’s day-trip to Florence

An art-lover’s day-trip to Florence

If you love art, you may get to Florence, Italy, and decide to stay a lifetime. But sometimes, a day trip is all you can manage. That’s okay, we’re sure you’ll be back later. If you love art and have one day in Florence, what should you see? Should you try to see the biggest …Read More
March 15, 2015
Food in Tuscany
Salsa Verde Recipe with Tuscan capers

Salsa Verde Recipe with Tuscan capers

I use freshly collected Tuscan capers often in cooking as they add a nice kick to dishes. One of my favorite recipes which I like to keep in my refrigerator as a sauce is Salsa Verde, a parsley based sauce which is one of the sauces used with many Tuscan recipes. The street food Lampredotto  (a …Read More
March 13, 2015
Wine Guide
4 tips to make the most of your wine tour

4 tips to make the most of your wine tour

Going on at least one wine tour should be a requisite for every visit to Tuscany. I’ve been on quite a few winery tours over the last couple of years – some fun and fascinating ones – and few less so. Yes, a good tour is always aided by a fun and engaging tour guide, …Read More
March 9, 2015
Italy Travel
Historic Certaldo Alto, Boccaccio’s town

Historic Certaldo Alto, Boccaccio’s town

Certaldo, a town about halfway between Florence and Siena, boasts an idyllic medieval village and a one very famous inhabitant. Giovanni Boccaccio, who wrote The Decameron in the 14th century, was born here (we think) and Certaldo continues to celebrate him, even 700 years after his death. The town is divided into lower and upper …Read More
March 5, 2015
Italy Travel
Travel in time to San Gimignano

Travel in time to San Gimignano

If you’ve ever dreamed of time travel, consider adding a day trip to San Gimignano to your itinerary when visiting Italy. This medieval hillside village, an hour from Florence or half an hour from either Siena or Dievole Wine Resort by car, boasts an impressive skyline dotted with tall towers. Even though there are no …Read More
March 3, 2015