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Vote for the best image of Val d’Orcia, the five finalists are now online!

Brunello and Orcia people and land “ is the theme of this prize. The Casato Prime Donne Award dedicates as usual a section to photography and to the best snap of the Val d’Orcia, a wonderful countryside that Unesco has made world heritage site in 2004.

The 5 finalist photos have been chosen by the award’s jury made up of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri ad Daniela Viglione.

Until September 4th it will be possible to access the voting box so as to choose the winner. It is sufficient to click on the button here below, look at the 5 images and choose your favourite; this can be done only once.


Casato Prime Donne Award - Photographic Contest

Casato Prime Donne Award – Photographic Contest

The Casato Prime Donne Award has reached this year its 18th edition. It emphasizes the best work by journalists and photographers regarding the wine  territories in south of Siena and every year chooses a “Prima Donna”,  a woman who during the year stands out because of her way of life or in her work so as to become an example to women and not only. The list of past winners includes extraordinary women such as Samantha Cristoforetti the astronaut, Ilaria Capua the scientist, Sandra Savaglio,  Giuseppina Maria Nicolini Mayor of Lampedusa. At Casato Prime Donne each of them has left a quotation that has been inscribed on a travertine block and put next pieces of contemporary art by young Tuscan artists. The Auteur trail winds its way through the Brunello vineyards and around the winery and during the past few years has become a meditation itinerary as well as an example of land art.

The winning photograph will also remain forever exhibited inside the Ilda Bartoloni Hall- she was the journalist to whom we owe the format of this award – together with the 17 other winning images of previous editions. A spectacular panorama of the Brunello and Orcia wine territories as seen by the greatest landscape photographers, who have all been struck by the image a lady grape picker or an ethereal sunrise amidst the fog, or by a vineyard in autumn, or by a solitary cypress tree alone on a hill. A thousand  fascinating aspects of these territories in the southern part of Tuscany where the wonderful Brunello and Orcia wines are made and that present us every day with this show of a harmonious meeting between nature and man, who with respect has modelled it.

For more information
Casato Prime Donne – Antonella Marconi -+39 0577 849421 casato@cinellicolombini.it
Fattoria del Colle – Alessia Bianchi – +39 0577 662108 pr@cinellicolombini.it

The Danes, happy people

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The Gallup index for nations with most faith in the future puts Denmark top of the list, then Sweden, Canada and Australia. Are you surprised? Let’s take a closer look at this happy population: no regular full time jobs yet there is very little unemployment. Denmark protects the worker not his employment, this way it ha san agile and performing productive structure.

Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid


Here in Italy is quite the opposite. But in the end might the defence of the famous Articolo 18 not go against the Italian workers? An article in the “Corriere della Sera” shows us the Danish Flexicurity , a forming system which lasts a whole life and help better ones professional skills year after year. It’s up to the worker then to play a good game with his abilities, and the facts prove that this does indeed happen. Because Denmark has resisted this crises a lot better than the rest of Europe. Read more…

Our views have never been so beautiful

Thanks to a summer which had very high temperatures the Siena countryside has a moment of dazzling beauty. The Val d’ Orcia (A World Heritage UNESCO site) and the Crete Senesi are  even more beautiful than usual at the moment.

Crete Senesi near Siena

Crete Senesi near Siena

They look like a painting by a Sienese painter from the fourteenth century. The countryside has never looked more beautiful. The land which has been ploughed ready for sowing the wheat looks like velvet, the tracks from the tractors look like rows of embroidery running across the material and then the colours –  the hues and tones are even more stunning than usual and look as if they have been filtered and sharpened to incredible shades. At sunset, the beauty of the countryside truly touches your soul. For those who love landscape photography it is a unique opportunity to capture a stunning shot.

Soon this late summer hot autumn weather will finish and the colours of our

Autumn in Colle

Autumn in Colle

hills will return, as they always do, to a different beautiful winter landscape, it will be lovely but not as breathtaking as the views which we are seeing at the moment. Come and visit us now and enjoy the views  with us before they change again!
Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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