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Montalcino puts out its flags for the Sagra del tordo event

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The last Sunday in October, so this year on the 28th, Montalcino always relives the era of when it was a rich medieval centre with dames, knights and archers

Montalcino-Festival of the Thush-historic-cortège

Montalcino-Festival of the Thush-historic-cortège

The Sagra del tordo (Festival of the Thrush) is for the inhabitants of Montalcino a festivity to be spent with the family. The 4 Quartieri (quarters) into which the village is divided – Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio- are active all year round with dinners, event for the elderly and children, exhibitions, trips and other activities for the members.

With two fixed dates, in October and in August, they recall the grandeur of the past: an historic procession through the village streets the Trescone folk dance with the dress ware of old-time farmers and the archery contest. There will also be food stalls where the housewives will be serving wonderful dishes such as Pinci (large spaghetti made with fresh pasta) which are handmade, Donzelline (fried bread dough) scottiglia di cinghiale (wild boar in a stew), roasted meet on a turnspit, Pan coi Santi and other delicacies. The quality of these dishes prepared at home is so high that it definitely is worth the trip, also because to accompany the food there are bottles of Brunello wine and Rosso di Montalcino.

So do come, you will have a wonderful time!

Events between Crete Senesi and Val d’ Orcia by Donatella Cinelli Colombini


Italian All Saints’ Day dessert recipe: Pan coi Santi

Donatella Cinelli Colombini presents the secret repice of the pastry chef Patrizia 



Pan coi Santi” is made each year at Fattoria del Colle in the occasion of All Saints’ Day in November. It is possible to buy it in the cake shops and in all bakeries. It is an ancient cake with a mixture of tastes: sweetness of the dried grapes and spiceness of the black pepper. This cake tell us the ancient and noble history of Siena, the gothic capital where bankers and medioeval merchants brought in town money, tales and gastronomic cultures from abroad.


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