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Sacred and profane Easter at Fattoria del Colle

Spirituality, nature, guided tours in the winery, tastings of fine wines, brief cookery lessons, and some gluttonous sins for Easter at Fattoria del Colle

Easter-Fattoria del Colle- Agriturismo - Tuscany

Easter-Fattoria del Colle- Agriturismo – Tuscany

Those who like to spend Easter with their family, with friends and with their four legged friends, will find at Fattoria del Colle in the most panoramic and unaltered Tuscany, their perfect location. The right mix of noble traditions and countryside informality, internationally acclaimed fine wines and homemade traditional dishes

In the program one finds also the guided tour with tasting at the Brunello winery Casato Prime Donne and at Fattoria del Colle , where there are also 4 historic halls in the 16th century villa, and stories, very romantic ones, from the history of the estate.

Easter- Vinoterapy

Easter- Vinotherapy-Fattoria del Colle

Two appointments not to be missed are: vertical tasting of 5 Brunello from  1999 to 2013 and a brief cookery lesson to learn how to make “pinci” a homemade pasta and to prepare a Springtime quick and delicious:  ricotta montata.

A special place in the program is held by the lunches and dinners, thse introduce the Tuscan civilization; Baccalà alla fratina from Trequanda for good Friday, then Peposo degli artigiani della terracotta , that legend attributes this invention to Filippo Brunelleschi creator of the dome of  Duomo di Firenze. The prince of the table is the Chianina steak, this white giant breed lives free on the hills around the estate, but has a long history that goes back to Roman times. Read more…

Toscana Lovers the boutiques for artistic handicraft

From “Toscana lovers” in Siena and in Bagno Vignoni your shopping becomes a treasure hunt rich in traditional and artistically handmade surprises

toscana-lovers-tuscan-handcrafts-boutique

toscana-lovers-tuscan-handcrafts-boutique

These typical local objects of Tuscan handicraft and life style are created with a certain dexterity that renews tradition. With our usual courtesy and competence we will help you discover the typical character and the history of Tuscan and Italian handicraft. An old story, refined and full of creative characters.

If you want to take home some of Tuscany take it from the hand of our artisans and look for something exclusive that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

“Toscana lovers” is an obligatory stop for refined tourists. Each season new handmade objects arrive; they are skillfully made according to tradition by small Tuscan workshops. These are exclusive objects, often one different to the other like the Scarperia knives, the hand loomed cloths and scarves, the life style ceramics, the olive wood objects, soaps with natural essences …… as well as, obviously the wines made by Donatella Cinelli Colombini and her husband Carlo Gardini coming from the Prime Donne winery in Montalcino and from Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda.

Next to excellent Tuscan handicraft there are some Sicilian ceramics, some Venetian glass jewelry and Umbrian cloths.

HOW THE TOSCANA LOVERS SHOPS CAME ABOUT

Toscana lovers Siena is only a short walk from Piazza del Campo in the Nobile Contrada dell’Oca; a little further away is the house where in 1347, Santa Caterina was

toscana-lovers

toscana-lovers

born. So we are in the heart of medieval Siena where there is a crossroads of the I tre Terzi (the three parts) of the city. The building where the shop is positioned was originally a convent, then like the entire Fontebranda district it was used for artisan workshops and for shops. It is here that Nello Bianchini had his leather store at the beginning of the 1900’s. From Nello the shop went to his daughter Lelia who passed it on to her son Carlo Gardini who was born in the apartment above the shop.  Carlo married Donatella Cinelli Colombini and together in 2006, they created “Toscana lovers” a store dedicated to high end and extremely traditional handicraft.

On March 24th 2016, the second “Toscana Lovers” store was opened in Bagno Vignoni so as to duplicate the success had by the first in Siena. Bagno Vignoni, which is in the Val d’Orcia park, part Unesco world heritage site for the beauty of its agricultural landscape and because of its towns rich in art. A wonderful frame for a splendid small hamlet that has become a cult destination for those who love wellness, because of its exclusivity and its history. In fact Bagno Vignoni is the only medieval spa still intact; in the village centre stands the baths where Santa Caterina and Lorenzo il Magnifico while on the scope of the hill are the underground mills that were fuelled by the hot water springs.

Toscana Lover is on one side of the  piazza delle Sorgenti.

LATEST ARRIVALS

Ceramiche-Virgina-pottery-handcrafts

Ceramiche-Virgina-pottery-handcrafts

Here are just a few words about the latest arrivals on sale. The floral bowls and plates from Ceramica Virginia, Montelupo Fiorentino, near Florence. Handmade objects in small series, as they have been done for hundreds of years. Showing hydrangeas, daisies and anemones. A touch of style for your dinner table.

From the maestro knife maker Saladini in Scarperia comes a series of 6 knives, each with a handle made of a different type of wood. In this case too new trend s for an elegant table together with tradition Scarperia, like Toledo and Sheffield, is one of the places with the longest tradition in sharp blades, even in Palazzo Vecchio in the heart of the political Grand Duchy of Tuscany, is exhibited a knife from Scarperia. Today technology helps tradition: laser gives the blades a perfect finish.

And for last a simple product like soap. The soap maker Alighiero Campostrini began in 1894 and is the second oldest in all of Tuscany to still be in activity. His logo is still impressed on the soap bars with bronze stamps and they use natural fragrances and ingredients like lavender, pomegranate, olive oil, violets, and the famous iris of the Florence hills.


Toscana Lovers 2 and Donatella Cinelli Colombini repeats

Toscana Lovers a boutique where you find the best artisan products opens a new store in Bagno Vignoni, the most exclusive spa centre in Italia

Toscana Lovers Stefania during preparation

Toscana Lovers Stefania during preparation

It is in the heart of the most beautiful part of Tuscany, where one finds the only medieval spa centre that is still intact, in this minute hamlet near the war water pool where Santa Caterina and Lorenzo il Magnifico bathed: Bagno Vignoni. This is where  Donatella Cinelli Colombini is opening her second store ”Toscana Lovers” dedicated to the best Tuscan handicraft. After the success of her other Siena shop, just round the corner from Piazza del Campo where the Palio race is run, now a second boutique for handmade Tuscan objects.

Bagno Vignoni - Toscana Lovers shop

Bagno Vignoni – Toscana Lovers shop

Her you find knives from Scarperia, the sharp blades famous since the 8th century and made by the master knife make. The Virginia pottery, with its shabby chic style and where every day utensils are reinvented. Then the chopping boards and the tureens made in olive wood loved by northern tourists where these trees can’t grow. Soap bars decorated with bronze stamps and perfuse with natural essences from Tuscany such as the iris, symbol of Florence. Scarves by Cecchi & Cecchi and many objects in resin that trap for ever leaves and flowers. Of course wines too – Brunello, Chianti and Orcia- from the family estates Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. Read more…

Easter on the farm, between sacred and profane

At Fattoria del Colle, in the Tuscany of great panoramas, Mass with Gregorian chanting, Brunello wine tasting and lesson on the biscuits called “ossi di morto”.

ossi di morto

ossi di morto

No worries nothing macabre, ossi di morto (dead man’s bones) are just delicious biscuits made with egg whites and almonds, traditionally from Montalcino and our patisseur Patrizia will teach you how to make them.
Fattoria del Colle is in the middle of the most beautiful and most photographed Tuscan countryside surrounded by some of the most famous cities of art: Pienza the city work of art by Pope Pio II, San Quirico d’Orcia with Bagno Vignoni, sole medieval thermal spa still intact, Montalcino, Buonconvento, Montepulciano, Cortona, Asciano with the splendid Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey …
There is so much to see and taste because Fattoria del Colle will organize for its guests an extraordinary wine tasting with 8 Brunello: from 1995 super vintage rated 5 stars up until the last born the 2008 and then the tasting of the 2012 that is still in the barrels, this too a 5 star harvest. Something wonderful that every wine lover would like to do.

Easter at -Fattoria-del-Colle

Easter at -Fattoria-del-Colle

The program is complete with themed dinners, guided tours, treks…. All for a really regenerating experience do be done with the whole family, grandparents, children and dogs included. The apartments and rooms at Fattoria del Colle are furnished with traditional antique furniture and transmit warmth and intimacy of authentic things even though bathrooms and central heating are modern. For those who love massages and spas, there is also a small but well equipped wellness centre.
2 night s stay in double room with breakfast 110 € per person
For families: 2 nights stay in apartment 110 € per person for adults, 50€ for each child under 12 years of age. Breakfasts included
The price included all of the activities mentioned in the program except for meals.

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