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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.

Orcia, the most tourist attracting wine region in Italy

In the wonderful land of DOC Orcia wine, the most beautiful wine in the world, 65% of the wineries have a restaurant or a country inn

 

Orcia Doc, Fattoria del Colle

Orcia Doc, Fattoria del Colle

The territory where the Orcia wine is born, south of Siena, is between the Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano wine regions, and is considered the most beautiful wine district in the world. Part of it is a Unesco world heritage site and it contains 13 municipalities, all rich in art and history, as well as thermal spa centres such as Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo, San Casciano dei Bagni and Chianciano Terme.

So the Orcia DOC wines come from a paradise like landscape that attracts tourists from all over the world. For this reason the Consorzio del vino Orcia has wanted to verify how many of its wineries are open to tourism. The result is extraordinary  65% of the wineries has a country inn or restaurant  <<In other words Orcia is the most touristic wine region in Italy>> said Donatella Cinelli Colombini president of the Consorzio.

Orcia Cenerentola with Roasted duck breast

Orcia Cenerentola with Roasted duck breast

The 13 municipalities of the wine region receive every year more than 1 million tourists and about the same excursionists, those who visit daily.  Also many foreign tourists own a second home in this area. Tourism is a strong source of finance in this area. This economy is intertwined with wine because the wine and food offer is perceived as an important component of the cultural exponent. In other words wine tasting, like a tour to an abbey, enriches the visitors with emotions and knowledge and is enjoyed with the same amount of interest. Read more…


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