Poggio Paradiso, an American dream in Tuscany

While one morning at the beginning of June I am absent-mindedly going through the mass of emails on my laptop, I come across the formal and enthusiastic message from Chris Romani – who invites me to visit ‘Poggio Paradiso’, a recently renovated accommodation facility on the hilly spurs overlooking Torrita di Siena, along the road that leads to Pienza and Valdorcia: “Come to us, I would like you to see and touch the care and love that we have put into our project, to which we have completely dedicated ourselves.”

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Roggi and His Art in a Perfect Circle

Recently back from the exhibition of his “Ki” in Forte dei Marmi, now in Martina Franca until April 30, 2025, Andrea Roggi is preparing for the following year to fly to Nice, to the Momentum Art Gallery, where his sculptural project of international appeal will take place in two parts: from July 15 to September 15 at the Castle of Nice and from September 15 to December 15 at the Quai des États-Unis (on the seafront).

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La BraceriA, the Steak Kingdom

In addition to the family atmosphere, other important aspects of this research are the contact with the so-called meat sommeliers – as well as the opportunity to have cognitive experiences to refine the offer: “We currently have two types of tasting available: one international (often using Rubia Gallega, Emanuele’s favourite Galician meat), the other of Chianina in three maturations of 30, 60 and 90 days.

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Euromobili, When Quality Is at Home

Soul, funky and R&B: this is the background music that accompanied us during our visit to the Euromobili showroom, a melting pot of genres that reflects the play of contrasts and harmonies of the furnishings on display. Gianluca Viti, one of the brilliant managers – together with his two brothers Mauro and David and Partner Pietro Paffetti – is ready to welcome us, who immediately shows himself willing to tell us the story of their family business, active in the area with a history of fifty years now.

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Andrea Roggi, Vital Energy Manifests itself in the Ki

Recently placed, with great logistical and operational effort, as an extreme bulwark of land and sky in front of the vastness of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the monumental work of the master Andrea Roggi will be a magnetic and symbolic pole for the Tuscan coast. It is worth taking a tour of Versilia, more precisely on the pier of Forte dei Marmi, to admire the latest work by the Valdichiana artist: ‘Ki’ – which will be on display until 10 July 2024.

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“Peter The Great” in His Palace

We are in Pjeter’s workshop, in Camucia di Cortona; As soon as we cross the threshold of his ‘world’ we find ourselves immersed and surrounded by sculptures of all kinds, furnishing accessories, unique pieces and splendid paintings. We are in the home of a true artist. He invites us to sit around a table of his own, made of solid oak wood, as he begins to tell us his story.

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The Archetypal Bronzes by Andrea Roggi

In 1991 he set up the art workshop La Scultura di Andrea Roggi, where he has been crafting his sculptures from start to finish and, with the help of his assistants, he manages to create large-sized yet finely detailed pieces. Bronze is the material he chose, which he puts through the lost-wax casting process to finally transform the clay models into masterpieces.

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Ravazzi: in the Cellar as in the Family

Today we are oriented towards the selection of mainly foreign markets and operators, wanting to consolidate the relationships already undertaken at an international level. Using a winemaking metaphor, the last decade has really made us ‘mature’ thanks to the creation of the ‘Private Collection’ which has decisively raised the target audience with high-profile wines, also dragging with it the ‘Classic’ line.

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Poliziani Crafts

In Montepulciano there have been many handicraft productions, stories of local productions that, handed down over time, have contributed to creating a real history of tradition and culture. Visiting the artisan workshops of Montepulciano is a bit like taking a journey through history: here, women and men adapt a thousand-year-old tradition to the contemporary, made up of specialized practices and techniques starting from the elements that mother nature has granted.

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Belli, Torrita’s Butchers

The Belli butcher’s shop is renowned for its artisanal and traditional workmanship, from cured meats and hams of its own production to fresh pork and the prized ‘Cinta Senese’ breed; from Chianina veal to ‘Porchetta’. The typical ‘agliata’ is made following the ancient custom: with farmer’s wine, strictly fresh garlic and pepper. Fennel is used to flavour other cuts and modernity is supported only in the reduced use of salt. On the counter or hanging, on the ceiling and on the walls, we can also find specialties of all kinds such as loins, ‘capocolli’, ‘rigatini’ and ‘gota’ and “L’Imbrogliona”, a typical Tuscan salami flavoured with fennel, ‘sopressata’ and ‘buristo’, marinated pork, ‘coppiette’, ‘bresaola’, truffle salami; as well as wild boar derivatives such as thigh, loin, capocollo, salami and cured sausage. The raw material, selected by the patron Alfiero as we said, comes entirely from local farms.

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The ‘Cortonese’ Cuisine of Nessun Dorma

An undoubtedly romantic and dreamy restaurant, whose atmosphere seems to be set to music by Puccini’s Turandot: housed in the historic ‘belly’ of the Tuscan village in a stately palace of late medieval origin, in the well-known square in front of the Signorelli Theatre, we get to know it with a happy soul and curiosity. We are with Daniela Polezzi, chef from Cortona from ‘inside the city walls’, and Maurizio Menci who – with his third level AIS – is a sommelier of rank, increasingly well-known connoisseur of the world of truffles.

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The Spell of the Four Chains

I am with Megan and Sebastian DelBrenna in the ‘secret underground’ of Palazzo Alfieri Venuti under the vaults still covered with marsh reeds of the nearby Trasimeno—built long ago. There, amidst ethereal and graceful displays, precious treasures of artisan joy and magic are carefully preserved. An ancient wine press dating back to 1634 stands proudly in a niche, exuding power and history. The place is adorned further with vintage bottles, hinting at an elegant and joyful way of life, or as the Italians call it, ‘bella vita.’

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