Another great local Tuscan restaurant – La Torre, Castellina in Chianti

So, with a lot of family staying with us this last week, we’ve been eating out more than usual. And La Torre is another excellent local family-run restaurant where we know we’ll get excellent food at very decent prices. Any restaurant that survives 120 years in a quiet country village in Tuscany is clearly doing something …

A romantic escape in Tuscany

Il Forno: a cute little 1-bedroom studio apartment in Tuscany outdoor patio The next instalment in our tour of Agriturismo Podere Patrignone, your holiday home in Chianti Il Forno is a small, but thoughtfully laid-out 1-bedroom apartment. Although it’s our smallest apartment, it’s extremely pretty, and beautifully decorated with interesting artefacts. You have your own …

Drama, excitement, intrigue…donkeys…what more do you want?

You’ve seen the Palio, Senese-style, now see the Palio, San Donato-style. Intrigue, excitement, near-death accidents, flag-waving, this has it all. There’s great street-food, lots of stalls selling arts & crafts, games for the kids, processions, drummers, flag-throwers. We got a table in the main square and ordered loads of different dishes to share, roast meats, …