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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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When a present becomes a treasure and a story

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Here’s how a towel becomes a unique present, able to tell a story hundreds of years old and to make a bathroom extremely elegant

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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Magic? Not at all, we are in the boutique for Tuscan handicraft, where we can find what we need. The shop is in Siena, in the centre of the Palio city, and is called Toscana Lovers.  One finds ceramics, cutlery, shawls, embroidered sheets…. and many other objects of great tradition made nearly entirely by hand.

We would like a towel, but not any old towel but something that will remember us to someone dear it and give a touch of class to their bathroom.  So here is something unique: these towels are in lines or cotton, made by the wooden looms built in Anghiari two centuries ago during the Napoleonic occupation and still today functional. It is these centenary machines that give the cloth a particular softness, and then of course the designs that recall those visible in Sienese paintings from Medieval times onwards, there is even a towel with the typical rhombus from Pienza and the fringes which recall the one portrayed in the  Maestà by Duccio di Buoninsegna  (1308-11). Read more…


Wellness centre with a view at agriturismo Fattoria del Colle

In the new wellness centre of the Agriturismo Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda, which is owned by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, the surrounding countryside itself creates  part of the relaxing ambiance, the stunning vineyards, the vegetable gardens full of tasty produce, the themed guided tours and walks and the many festivals and celebrations which occur frequently through the year where you can meet new people and make new friends

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Jacuzzi with a view

‘The wellness centre will have a huge jacuzzi for private use, it will be able to be used exclusively by you together with your friends and family. You will be able to enjoy a great wine at sunset with views of some of the most beautiful countryside in the world stretching out in front of you.’This is the vision which has inspired Donatella Cinelli Colombini to develop the new Spa Centre in the Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti. ‘It is a lovely property which will be available for up to 6 people for their exclusive use thus ensuring total privacy.’  Donatella concludes. But these are not the only things which make this relaxation centre unique. The design concept and the facilities are very modern however it has further been enhanced by the addition of some hand-made tiles whose designs are based on the illustrations found on nineteenth-century tiles which were used in traditional Turkish baths of that period and the Odalisque which were painted by Ingres. These  stunning decorations help to create the relaxed ambience and felling of wellbeing and, dare we say, makes the environment a little bit sexy. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy delicious wine whilst relaxing in the warm water of the pool.

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Hammam

The Relaxation centre is being created for the use of the guests of the Fattoria del Colle which include many  different types of people, some professional and some intellectual, in particular we find that foreigners are attracted to come and enjoy a visit at the fifteenth  century farm house.  All the Apartments and Bedrooms are furnished with Antiques, but no televisions, there are 3 swimming pools, 4  gardens  and parkland with age old trees, a games lodge with a pool table,  a restaurant which serves traditional local dishes from the Siena area (which have been even further improved by our excellent chef), a cooking school and  most important of all two wineries for the production of Brunello, Chianti and Doc Orcia wine.

The Relaxation Spa Centre has been created in an annex of the villa and has breathtaking views over the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi. It is equipped with a turkish bath, a sauna,  a relaxation room, a hydro massage shower, a Kneipp pool and a hot tub. Individual massages take place directly in the guests own rooms to ensure maximum comfort and privacy.

Agriturismo Fattoria del Colle is situated at the  centre of an area which is

Idromassaggio e pediluvio

Jacuzzi and Kneipp pool

surrounded by stunning towns which are re-known for their Architecture and Art: Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d’ Orcia and Montalcino. La Fattoria del Colle has 101 beds all of which are situated within historic buildings. We offer our visitors a weekly program which includes cooking lessons, guided tours of the cellars with wine tastings, archery in our local woods and lovely events which we organise in our wine cellar, these often include the opportunity to taste truffles, local cheeses and even Tuscan cigars all accompanied by contemporary music such as  Gianna NanniniBaustelle and Jovanotti. For lovers of great wines and Tuscan cuisine we also hold  theme weekends where you can experience and enjoy both. And now, on top of all these wonderful experiences we have added the wellness spa.  We aim to offer top quality equipment and facilities, situated within minimalist architecture which we feel sure will help to pamper even the most demanding of our customers and ensure that they achieve complete relaxation and leave feeling fully rejuvenated.

25 euros per person – entrance to the centre for 2 hours.
200 euros for 2 people for the exclusive rent  of the spa for 2 hours.

With love from Norway to Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda

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The polyphonic choir, who from Norway has chosen Fattoria del Colle for its annual concert abroad is called Con Amore

Choir Con Amore nel bosco dei giochi antichi

Choir Con Amore nel bosco dei giochi antichi

It is made up of 50 singers directed by Ida  Baalsrud and is called Con Amore because of the passion for music, for singing and for Italy of its members. The have waited a whole year for this journey to Tuscany and they have rehearsed for 6 months. They have visited Siena and Pienza, they rehearsed at Fattoria del  Colle inside the 16th century chapel San Clemente and in the woods of the traditional games, to be able to give exhibitions in Foiano della Chiana and in Monte San Savino. For Foiano della Chiana, in the piazza della Collegiata they chose a repertoire of well known music by classical authors dedicated to food, and wine and beer. For the Chiesa della Pieve in Monte San Savino on the other hand they chose sacred music. On the last day they sang among the barrels for Chianti Docg and Cenerentola Orcia Doc, they sang “Five reasons to drink” hoping that the good vibrations of their singing would make the wine even better.
They even sang Happy Birthday to a guest who was celebrating his birthday and a serenade for a couple on their honeymoon.
Thank you so much for let us be part of your wonderful passion!

Alessia Bianchi



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