Mugello, Flavours that Warm the Heart

In autumn and winter we cannot fail to mention the black cabbage. It has been cultivated in these lands since Roman times and is so linked to the region that it is also called Tuscan cabbage. Among the many uses that can be made of it. in Mugello, ‘farinata with alloys’ is typical, a soup of beans, black cabbage, bacon (when the farmers had it) and corn flour. A real heart-warming food that farmers needed to get all the necessary nutrients and to keep warm during the cold winter.

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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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Villa Il Padule, historic abode on the outskirts of Florence

There is notice of Villa “Il Padule” (the name derives from ancient times, when the Rimaggio torrent was reduced to a swamp, before flowing into the Arno River) since 1494. Just think, in Florence at that time the sermons of Dominican friar Savonarola were raging, the troops of Charles VIII descended from France and the Florentines drove Piero II de ‘Medici, placing a provisional term for the famous Signoria and First Medicean Republic.

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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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Caterina: Hair Stylist & Beauty

Caterina tells us with sweetness and pride: “I am originally from Sicily, to be exact from Catania. I arrived in Florence when I was only two years old and, right from the start, I felt welcomed by the city. At the age of fourteen I began gaining experience at an important salon in Florence. At twenty, after six years of practice and daily commitment, I had already opened my shop! “. Her smile widens, her satisfaction is visible.

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La Loggia del Chianti: when the cooking educates the palate

There is a real air of novelty at the Loggia del Chianti: from this year Simone resumes his role in the family business, determined to leave his mark in what has always been his parents’ place.
A professional rugby player, in the past he has dedicated time and love to this family project, but lately he has understood that to take a step forward he had to dedicate all of himself to the restaurant.

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The poetry of Vicchiomaggio

The Castle has been owned since 1964 by the Matta family, who in the 1980s began in the accommodation business with six apartments inside the castle. Currently there are 16 guestrooms, including those inside the castle and the suites in the rectory. Under the walls we find an enchanting swimming pool with a panoramic view over the valley, a delight for the eyes.

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Fonterutoli, a geopolitical balcony over Florence and Siena

Amongst the great variety of temporal and spiritual potentates that dot the history of Italy, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III passed through here (remembered by the Edict of Fonterutoli of 998 which put an end to the territorial conflicts of the dioceses of Siena, Arezzo and Fiesole), then Pope Leo X who left Rome and stopped in Castellina to meet the freshly nominated King of France in 1515; here came the Guelph troops who came down from Florence for the Battle of Montaperti (4 September 1260) and were soundly defeated; an earthquake for the European geopolitical scenario in favour of the Empire and the Republic of Siena. We also remember how Filippo Brunelleschi passed here to remodel the fortresses of Castellina, Staggia and Rencine. We also recall, for various reasons, various famous personalities who were here for work or residence, such as Niccolò Machiavelli, Jacopo della Quercia, Lisa Gherardini and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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