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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

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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

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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

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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.

November 4-8, Merano Wein Festival

In the most exclusive wine tasting in Italy we too will be present with 5 awarded wines among which the two Brunello 2012 previews, each with a gold medal

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini 

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Merano_Wein_Festival

Merano Wine Festival for the last 25 years has been the appointment not to be missed for those who work with or love high quality wines, because those invited to participate are only the best wineries and the best wines. The organizer Helmuth Köcher was born in Merano, he has a degree in Political Sciences taken in  Innsbruck, he often wears black and has a strong personality; he is practically a myth for his unlimited competence regarding wine and food excellencies from all over the world.IT is he together with two friends who have created in 1992 the GourmetClub Alto Adige and the

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Merano WineFestival, first Italian event to accept only producers of high quality wines. Today next to the wines are served also oil, grappa and other foods, also from abroad and from 100 Italian high end gastronomy. Read more…


Wine tours, the winery, and strange questions

Tour after tour, year after year, the questions asked by visitors have been many, and some, sometimes …quite strange!

Wine tours at Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

Wine tours at Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

By Sara MazzeschiFattoria del Colle

One of the fun aspects of my job at Fattoria del Colle is the time I spend with guests visiting the estate. Be it here or at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino it is really nice to show experts or wine lovers where we produce and age the Chianti, Doc Orcia and Brunello.

I have always thought that telling people what is “behind”  a bottle of wine, the challenges, the decisions and everything else that brings to a quality wine , to be the most important aspect of my job, that is why I am always happy to see the curious expressions of those following me and to hear their questions. It must be said though that there is no limit to what I have been asked,  every time I think that I have heard the best then a young bright lad or a professor lifts his glasses to look at me all the better… and I remain speechless. Read more…

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…


Why getting married at Fattoria del Colle is best

We have organized weddings for world champions, film producers, and people from high finance coming from 16 different nations … and they all said that <<getting married at Colle is the best>>

By Sara Mazzeschi, Fattoria del Colle

Wedding at fattoria del Colle

Wedding at fattoria del Colle

This is because at the table there is Brunello with other wines that receive International prizes, because the cutting of the cake takes place in the woods with lighting by the set designer of “4 weddings and a funeral”, because the honeymoon is spent in the bedroom that once belonged to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, because the panoramas are the most beautiful in the world and because Fattoria del Colle is an authentic place, with more than 400 years of noble history and a wedding needs a true frame , true like the love that united the bride and groom.

I have been to many ceremonies all over Italy but I must say that getting married in Tuscany is unbeatable. In fact, with figures in hand, it is the most sought after destination, villas, castles and farmhouses are all possible locations, and they are springing up like mushrooms. Fattoria del Colle, in South of Siena, where I organize weddings, has in the past seen dozens of couples ask for perfection for their Day and never has this magic place disappointed them. Buy why choose it? Why is getting married here best? Read more…

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