A diVino stay signature “Capanna”

A farm and vineyard with a long history and excellent wines. Added to by the presence of a boutique-style agriturismo and a new generation restaurant, headed by Chef Jacopo Monni. We meet the owner, Amedeo Cencioni, who shows ValleyLife, and ideally its readers too, around the enchanted world of Capanna. A splendid place to relax and […]

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Images & Yoshimi – Or two solutions to survive these times

For days, weeks and months we have lived in a world subjected to the rhythm of the pandemic. Upset. Awaiting revival. With Survive the only password. First, obviously, Covid19. Then all the consequences: the long confinement in the apartment and the need to build a new, unwanted, but imposed life: forced imprisonment. Mornings, afternoons evenings […]

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See you at Pitena’s!

In a spirit of effective re-creation, Daniele brought the old Pitena up to present day standards, giving an authentic space for sociability.

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A bridge between Tuscany and the Near East

The cuisine at Al Ponte restaurant in Gaiole in Chianti expresses an irresistible koinè of Tuscan tradition with exoticism from the Near East. All this thanks to the lucid ambition of Admir and Alma Selimanovic –  who also contribute to the management of mother and chef Fata’s Il Celliere in Castagnoli. Their secret? A very […]

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La Loggia del Chianti

The Loggia del Chianti is truly a loggia in Chianti. The rosebush at the window says it all, it’s a rosebush at the window of a loggia in Chianti.   Patrizia Ermini and Michele Bianco welcome us to this large restaurant, with the familiarity and grace of those who welcome you into their own home. […]

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In Gordon Breckenridge’s atelier

I met Gordon Breckenridge a couple of years ago, in the Val d’Orcia, at a restaurant. Just by chance, on a day out of time, in the cool shade of a Wisteria, tasting Tuscan specialities. Even then I was struck by his generous sociability and his desire to communicate, typical of an artist who is […]

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A family story done in pencil

We are just outside the town of Radda in Chianti, in a beautiful space with a wonderful view where once there was ‘nothing’. The Lapis [pencil] joinery has been operating here for almost 50 years.   Young (almost 24) Giacomo Lapis is the first to meet us. He tells us that the company was founded […]

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XL pizzas and express cuisine at the Palazzetto del Monte

Let’s go back to our friends Polina and Alberto, at the Palazzetto – famous in the valley for their tasty XL size pizzas – who have now opened a new à la carte restaurant with the collaboration of chef Patrizio Cesarini. Let’s discover together some of their signature dishes in our classic taste test.    […]

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