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

The December 2016 Newslatter from Podere Patrignone www.patrignone,com

Our latest newsletter – Dec 2016

Sorry we’re a bit late posting this to the blog, but things get a bit crazy here at Christmas. Anyway, better late than never, right? So here it is. Just click on the thumbnail and it’ll take to straight to the … 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

Frittura, our guests' favourite seaside dish, www.patrignone.com

A day on a Tuscan beach. Sun, sand, sea…and great food.

Obviously, we don’t get a lot of time off during the summer. Our holiday villa rental business keeps us pretty busy, and then there’s the olives, the garden…we’re pretty much on our toes the whole time. But if we can … Read More

Crostini with mascarpone, fresh herbs, and sun-dried tomatos at our Chianti Villa Rental in Tuscany

Our Tuscan Banquet. Not your usual Tuscan fare.

Once a week we cook for our guests. It’s a fun, informal dinner, with lots of chat, lots of wine, and lots of laughter. Everyone staying in one of our Tuscan villa rentals is invited, and we usually put everyone together … Read More

Where do Tuscans go for pizza?

Italians love pizza. It’s no cliche. They really do. But during the summer, you won’t find them in the touristy restaurants, waiting for a stressed waiter. No way. You’ll find the locals in places like this. This is the San Donato … Read More

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 … Read More

An excellent restaurant near our agriturismo in Chianti

Le Panzanelle, near Radda in Chianti

This is one of our regular haunts. The food is very homely, well cooked, extremely tasty. No bizzarre food sculptures, plate-art, or flashy presentation. Just very good food, and at a decent price. The servings are generous, so sharing is … Read More