Weekend October 20th-21st for those who love wine and Sienese art
Breathtaking intense program for two days (one night) in the Siena land: night time visit to the Duomo in Siena and end of grape harvest festival with wine tastings
A cultural appointment which will give you great emotions: the night-time guided tour of the Duomo di Siena, in the occasion f the opening of the flooring, a one time event during the year. Sunday dedicated to the end of harvest with a vertical tasting which begins with a future Brunello jus born and reaches a great Riserva. At the end a farmhouse style lunch with “polenta” to be cut with a string, and pans of soups, grilled meats and lots of folk songs.
Saturday October 20th
Between 3 and 5 pm arrival at Fattoria del Colle and settle into rooms.
Distribution of maps, instructions and tickets for the excursion to Siena.
5 pm brief lesson regarding the local hand made pasta called “pinci”
6,30 pm snack-dinner based on prosciutto di cinta senese, pecorino cheese of different ages and pinci with meat sauce, accompanied by Rosso di Montalcino DOC
7,30 transfer to Siena (with own car) for the tour of the Duomo di Siena.
Only one night every year does the Duomo di Siena open its doors and offer the guided tour of its artistic heritage.
The flooring made of 56 tiles created between the 14th and the 19th century makes up the largest figured floor in the whole world, practically a Bible in pictures. It is possible to see this for two month per year and only once at night, October 20th
But in the duomo di Siena there is something more, great works of art by the greatest Italian sculptors: Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini. The “ libreria Piccolomini” with Pinturicchio and the young Raffaello. The apse with wood inlaying designed by Giovanni da Verona and the frescoes by Beccafumi…. A treasure chest full of works of art which are enriched by the night time suggestions.
Sunday October 21st
Following the grape harvest festival
8,30- 10,00 am Breakfast with home baked cakes, cold cuts, cheeses, “pinzimonio” dip with vegetables form the garden, omelettes, fruit juice …
10,00 am guided visit of Fattoria del Colle with the 16th century crape, its historic halls, the vinification and ageing cellars for the Chianti and Doc Orcia wines and the trail through the fantasy forest
11,30 am a wonderful opportunity for wine lovers: guided tasting of the new wine and of the future Brunello 2008, the Brunello 2006, the Riserva 2006 (95/100 Wine Spectator) and the Riserva 1998 matched with bruschetta with extra virgin olive oils made with different varieties: Moraiolo, Correggiolo and blend.
1pm BENFINITA PARTY A real farmhouse celebration from the past with hot polenta to be cut with string and dress or with meat sauce or with cheese and pepper. In the pans zuppa di fagioli, zuppa dei logaioli di Montalcino, pappardelle col sugo di cinghiale and then fagioli all’uccelletta, grilled meats as in the past in the countryside with sausages, ribs, pork chops …. To finish jam tarts, with jams which are home made, and cakes made with apples accompanied with wines from Fattoria del Colle, Cenerentola Doc Orcia, Chianti Superiore DOCG and Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Supertuscan.
Costs of the stay:
One night in a double room and the activities foreseen by the program € 77,50 per person
The two meals described by the program wines included € 55 per person
Entrance fee and guided tour of the Duomo di Siena € 12 per person