Energy from the earth

Tuscan geothermal energy combines past, present and future in a story of innovation and sustainability that demonstrates how industrial activity can integrate into its region, helping not only its energy supply and economic development, but also tourism and culture in a green economy model that combines the growth of production with care for the environment. Geothermal Tuscany, with its beautiful landscape to which modern industrial plants can be added in, is a speciality of Enel Green Power’s business, but also of the regional and local authorities, who, in a spirit of dialogue and collaboration have shown how much can be done within a perspective of truly sustainable development.

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From “La Foresta” to the States

Whoa contains eleven songs of rare intensity, capable of astonishing originality and freshness: folk, melodies, electronic incursions, soul and even hip-hop coexist in symbiosis referring to an improbable urban nature: «I move from the hill in Tuscany to New York , between skyscrapers, green meadows and the Rio Buti where there is a beautiful waterfall, my imagination is this and it consists in transforming visual emotions into music: a synesthesia of notes and colours». Speaking of nature: «The ideal condition for listening to the CD – she says – is lying down in a meadow with headphones on and observing the clouds».

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Venturing in Balance (and Harmony) in the Trees

The Adrenaline Park, along these banks, invites to adventure and movement, putting our psycho-physical abilities to the test: sliding hanging from a very long pulley of 160 meters which, from the initial height of twenty meters from the ground, crosses the river; ‘fly’ from tree to tree through the very fast zip lines, cross the river walking on shaky bridges, climb walls or nets, tens of meters high or dive into vertiginous slides! Walk on Tibetan logs, ropes and bridges.

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Art, history and culture at the Civic Museum of Palazzo della Penna

On the ground floor of the building there is a large courtyard which leads to a series of rooms embellished with a delicate cycle of neoclassical frescoes with stories of Elena and Paris, painted by Antonio Castelletti in 1812 on the occasion of the wedding of the then owner of the building: Fabrizio Crispolti della Penna.

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Tenuta Dodici, the citadel of wine

The wines of Tenuta Dodici are absolutely poetic. Merlot in purity “Oci Ciornie” tells a story of love, inner change and culture – while it enchants you with the elegant hints of berries, spices and vanilla of its silky aftertaste. The “Vermentino” (which again this year, for the second time entered the Top10 ranking of the best Vermentino DOC Maremma Toscana) gives the glass a wonderful freshness with its citrus and green apple tones, ending with notes of ripe fruit rather expressive. The “Colpo di Sole” Sauvignon Blanc fascinates you with its powerful nature, conquering you with generous traces of toast, honey and flowers, to the point of causing an embarrassing ‘goosebumps’! The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese “Urga” takes you to a land that is a kingdom of love, with its notes of ripe cherry and chocolate, and spicy aftertaste.

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The Espresso Coffee Academy is in Mugello

La Marzocco was founded by the Bambi brothers at the beginning of the last century. It derives its name and symbol from ‘il Marzocco’: the seated lion with the emblem of the lily of Florence, synonymous with victory and triumph. Giuseppe Bambi after having produced a model of coffee machine called “Fiorenza” for a customer, in collaboration with his brother Bruno, began to design and build machines on his own.

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Sustainability, the Only Possible Future for Business

The starting point was a revolutionary idea from the man we are talking to, Founder and CEO Francesco Santioli, together with Luca Alici and Gabriele Gabrielli, nationally-recognised professionals in their respective fields. This highly innovative project offers various business solutions for the entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow.

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Chicco, the best pizza in town!

But let’s get to the tasting that was dedicated to us: we start with the curious, opulent, speciality of the pizzeria, that “Scarpetta” which refers to the same all-Italian custom, made with ‘Authentic Integrated Grinding Flour’ from the famous mill mentioned above .. Our ‘scarpetta’ (small shoe) is with “Pecorino fondue, nduja, crispy bacon and pepper powder” and is an extra-menu, recurring in the restaurant that follows the best of the market. Large and baroque alveolation, it seems that it opens and closes like an accordion, perfectly absorbing the ‘sauce’.

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My Saint Francis of Assisi

In a recent edition of Valley Life (n. 163, spring 2021) we had already told the passionate historical-documentary research of Umberto Pippolini on Francesco di Bernardone, better known as “Saint Francis of Assisi”. The exciting research of Umberto – esteemed professional and inexhaustible creative – ended with the release of the text, already available in the bookstore: “Il Mio San Francesco di Assisi – Alla ricerca della sua unica e vera immagine”.

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Umberto Pippolini’s ‘rediscovered’ Saint Francis

Saint Francis, alter Christus. Hearing about Umberto Pippolini’s research was really exciting, if only for the depth of his voice that ignites and becomes prophetic in tone. But why is the (re) discovery of Francis’ true face in his painting so important in a symbolic sense? Certainly the nature of the question, eminently metaphysical, which interprets the human need for transcendence –  is in this image an epiphany and a revelation of Christ himself, the mystery of life in his divinity. A view that satisfies an immediate desire: the existential need to embrace the Sacred, to have a direct perception of it, albeit mediated by art: “This image of Saint Francis is faithful to the Saint, for a more intrinsic reason than a simple hypothetical sum of somatic motifs; it is because it is both an image that you see and a reflection. Francis is reflected in the face of Christ, and from this derives his own face

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