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

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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

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The best green soup…..ever!

If you, like me, are swimming in a sea of zucchini at the moment, you may appreciate this recipe. I love zucchini bread, zucchini and lime cake, zucchini and almond pesto for my pasta but I have just made this … Read More

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Tuscany for the fidgetty traveler

For those of you who find it hard to sit still on vacation, Tuscany is the perfect stomping ground for you. If you are wanting to indulge in a little walking, running or cycling to help combat those extra calories … Read More

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Rose & pistachio cake. Made with real roses!

If you have un-sprayed roses in bloom right now, use them to make this delicious and spectacular cake. Any colour roses will do, so long as they are fragrant. The recipe 250g/9oz softened butter 250g/9oz caster sugar + extra for … Read More

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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

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Delicious Italian gluten free cakes

We see an ever-larger need for gluten-free recipes here at our agriturismo in Chianti, Podere Patrignone. Gluten intolerance is on the increase, particularly amongst our guests from the US. Some think it’s down to how wheat is grown in the US, … Read More

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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

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Honey and rosemary cake

Whenever the rosemary is in bloom, as it is now, I start to think about making this delicious cake. It makes a great cake for Easter or anyother time when you have delicate rosemary flowers available. Torta di rosmarino e … Read More

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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

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