The lightness of the soul

On an unusually hot afternoon at the end of January I met Giovanna Florio, a holistic practitioner and naturopath and now a very dear friend. Dynamic, smiling and inspired, Giovanna constantly refreshes her methods to bring the best techniques in relaxation for the well-being of body and mind to her studio in Via Borgaccio in Poggibonsi.

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New season’s oil from Barneschi

BY SIMONE BANDINI We are with Silvia and Marco Barneschi at the Podere La Piaggia:  and around a rugged rustic wooden table we taste their new extra virgin olive oil on a bruschetta, before trying other ‘magic’ bottles of oil flavoured in the old fashioned way. To get to the two siblings we went down […]

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San Marziale Clinic, passion on all fours

BY GIOVANNI SALVIETTI This morning in Colle di Val d’Elsa we met a very nice ‘type’: his name is Dante and he is a four-year-old bracco Italiano dog. He was visiting the San Marziale Veterinary Clinic for a routine checkup. Immediately at ease, he showed an exceptionally sweet and nice disposition! We were literally enchanted […]

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EDILPIÙ, insulation with flakes

BY GIOVANNI SALVIETTI We already looked at the Villa Solissimo (See VL Chianti and Valdelsa, Summer 2020) with them; in this issue we are going to learn of a technique that can bring great benefits even on a small scale, in single homes or condominiums. Thanks to a completely natural insulating material an apartment can […]

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Radda redeems itself from a difficult past

BY SIMONE BANDINI Our journey to discover the Radda in Chianti area continues – begun with the Mayor Pier Paolo Mugnaini and architect Daniele Barbucci – and in particular its winemaking tradition. Let’s take a cue from the recent awards that have fallen like rain on local producers: seven vineyards awarded three glasses by the […]

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Art unpicks the lock

DI SIMONE BANDINI In order for a real, physical place to maintain its symbolic relevance alongside its architectural shape, its space must be open – with precise exchanges between material and transcendental reality. I realize intuitively and suddenly that here – at the Rocca di Staggia – I am in one of these places. Donatella […]

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Castellina in Chianti’s Liquid Gold

BY GIOVANNI SALVIETTI In autumn, when the trees undress themselves, and let their leaves fall, as if they were daughters making light silk dresses for themselves, the olive tree bears its fruits created with difficulty in a long-awaited gestation. Thanks to an ancient process of transformation its liquid gold is distilled: extra virgin olive oil, […]

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The Ironmongers’ in the history of Poggibonsi

DI GIOVANNI SALVIETTI Poggibonsi, early 20th Century, Dei Natale is known throughout the town for its vinegar plant: its demijohns at the ready and also takes care of hardware, guns and knives, all in Via Maestra in the heart of the commercial district of that era. We talk to the current owners of the business, […]

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