I will bring you on the Tuscany hills, at my grandfather Elio olive oil field, to experience the olive oil collection ritual with my Tuscany family. The Tuscany olive oil is one of the more tasty in the world. We will understand why and we will listen to my family countryside histories and experiences.
Dinner at the olive mill
During the evening we will follow the olive oil process at the historic olive mill where my family goes to press the olives. There, we will try our fresh oil with toasted bread, coming out directly from the mill. You will see how nice it tastes and you will smell the olive oil as you have never smelt in your life. We will eat near the fireplace of the mill. There it is warmer and with a bottle of good red wine it is even better.
Cycling on the Natural Park
For half day we will discover on our bikes the marvels of the Berignone – Tatti Natural Reserve around the Orgiaglia estate. We will cycle on the historic roads of the area, along olive fields, oak woods and breath-taking panorama. The area is reach of tracks because in the pass there were a lot of inhabitants.
The Siena Cathedral (in Italian “Duomo di Siena”) is a medieval church in Siena, Tuscany Italy and one of my favorite churches in the world. We will visit it in the best period of the year: when they exceptionally open the floor parts to the visitors, normally closed to preserve them from the use.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museum gallery in the world. It is a unique museum for its history, the paintings and sculptures it collects. The building was created by Vasari to host the Government offices of Cosimo de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1560. For that reason they called it “Uffizi”: it comes from “Office”.
Thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni
We will enjoy and relax in the beautiful Natural hot springs of Bagno Vignoni. These waters come from the aquifer underground of volcanic origins and they are rich in salts, calcium, iron carbonates, sulfates, sodium and magnesium. These thermal baths were knew since the Roman and Etruscan times, because, also at that time, they were good to heal the bones diseases, mucous membranes and to tone up the skin. Get ready to relax!
Treasures of San Gimignano
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
San Gimignano, with its medieval towers, looks from the top of its hill the valley and it has always been an historical and poetry place.
We will visit the Biondi Santi’s family and its wine cellar based in Montalcino, Tuscany Italy. Montalcino is a little village in the Tuscany countryside know all over the world for his unique delicious wine: the Brunello di Montalcino wine. The family is not only just one of the producer of the Brunello di Montalcino wine: they are the inventors of this wine from the Sangiovese vineyard.
We will cook with Umberta at the BioAgriturismo Orgiaglia. Umberta will teach us how to cook the typical Pasta from Siena: the “Pici”.
There, we will have a big fireplace to cook the “Pici”, following the grandmother tradition. We will prepare the homemade pasta and the sauce, dirtying our hands with flour, water and dough. About the sauce, Pici are eaten with a variety of sauces, such as spicy garlic tomato sauce, Pecorino cheese, Porcini mushrooms, wild boar, duck, hare, breadcrumbs or Bolognesa. Let’s choose our Pici sausage version!
We will have an Aperitivo dinner all together to explore and enjoy this Italian informal way of eating with friends in a special place. We will take our drinks on the roofs of Florence, right in front of the Cathedral.
The Aperitivo is a social ritual in Italy. In Tuscany it has turned into a real dinner. All the situation are good here to eat with Italians!
We are going to visit Piccolomini Palace, in the main square of Pienza, in front of the Cathedral. The Pope Pio the II wanted to have his perfect Renaissance house in his perfect Renaissance town.