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A Tuscan War Story

memorial stone Tiger tank of 508th Heavy Panzer Battalion near Poggibonsi June 1944 IMAG0585 Tigers of Kampfgruppe Lammerding, 2nd SS Panzergrenadier Division “Das Reich” Previous Next Podere Patrignone, 1944 Told by Mario Campatelli on 22 September 2007. He was 16 … Read More

Tuscany day-trips for ambitious travellers

At least once a week, I get asked by one of our future guests about a crazy idea they’ve had to visit some far-off city on a Tuscany day-trip. I used to push back hard. “Are you nuts? Why on … Read More

Saving the Planet, one piece at a time

We produced this cute infographic to show the different approaches we take to eco-tourism, energy conservation, organic farming, and waste recycling here on our agriturismo in Chianti, Podere Patrignone. When we first came to Italy, some 10 years ago, we … Read More

Plan your retreat or workshop in Tuscany

Are you are an expert in your field, and love the idea of running a course or workshop in a beautiful location?  Maybe you’ve run courses before, but would like to run a more up-scale retreat? You might be a yoga instructor, … Read More

Day-trips in Tuscany #3 – The villages of East Chianti

The third day-trip in my series of Day-trips in Tuscany takes us to the east to visit some of the cuter, smaller villages that we love. You can take this route in either direction, depending on where you want to … Read More

Rada in Chianti, lovely walled town near the vacation villa to rent in Chianti, Podere Patrignone www.patrignone.com

Day-trips in Tuscany #2 – The Hills of Northern Chianti

Guests who come to stay at our Chianti villa rentals near Castellina in Chianti are often looking for day-trip ideas. A couple of weeks back I described our most popular day-trip, to San Gimignano and Volterra. This week I’m heading north of Patrignone … Read More

Day-trips in Tuscany #1 – San Gimignano, Colle & Volterra

Guests at our agriturismo in Chianti are always asking us for ideas for day-trips, and so we’ve got good and creating manageable tours that won’t leave you exhausted. And here’s the first. It’s one of our most popular days out. … Read More

Pasta fagiolo, a staple past dish at www.patrignone.com

Pasta fagioli – a winter winner!

We have this dish throughout the year, it’s one of our staple meals – and the kids love it! But it’s especially nice and warming in the winter with lashings of fresh-pressed olive oil. It’s super-quick, super-good for you, and … Read More

Montefioralle near Agriturismo Podere Patrignone where you can rent a vacation villa

The last wine fair, in a magical town…

The grapes are in, and the season of chianti wine festivals comes to a close with the smallest event in the calendar, the Montefioralle Divino. First, a bit about Montefioralle, a charming little town in the hills just to the west of Greve in … Read More

The Chianti Classico Expo near Podere Patrignone www.patrignone.com

Two fantastic wine fairs in Tuscany

The grapes are fat and juicy, the harvest is in full flow, and so is the wine. Because while people are toiling in the fields breaking their backs picking the new grapes, lots of other people are tasting huge quantities … Read More