Elsa Viva: Another hidden Tuscan gem
During your stay in Bardeggiano, you can not miss the unique opportunity to spend a few hours in this incredible corner of unspoiled nature. A few kilometers from Colle Val d'Elsa this stretch of the Elsa River, called Elsa Viva ( living Elsa ), offers a truly unforgettable spectacle: a stretch of untouched nature with...Read More »
Late summer and autumn in Tuscany
The end of the summer in Val d'Elsa is just beautiful. It's grapes harvest time, the first cooler winds come and nature is shining with new shades.
During this time in Tuscany there is the vendemmia, the harvest of the grapes from the vineyards that will then become wine, in all its multiple types. Grape harvest...Read More »
Discovering Tuscany: following Etruscan footsetps
The Val d'Elsa territory, besides being beautifully rich in a wonderful nature, offers incredible and strategically perfect views to enjoy a perfect holiday in Tuscany. It is also the treasure chest that contains many gems of the remote past that are now finally available to enrich the history of this fantastic region and...Read More »
Colle Val d'Elsa: the perfect starting point for a holiday in Tuscany
Colle Val d'Elsa and its magical atmosphere are the perfect setting for your holiday in Tuscany but also a very interesting strategic starting point for visiting all of Tuscany's most fascinating and interesting places.
Florence & Siena
Only 25 km away from Bardeggiano there is Siena, this unique city with its “contrade”...Read More »
Colle Val d'Elsa : in the middle of tuscan history
Our beloved Colle Val d'Elsa and its territory represent a strategic position to enjoy a wonderful Tuscan holiday, right in the area between Florence and Siena, the stunning cities rich in artistic and cultural masterpieces. Their surroundings (like Chianti) represent a world-class landscape excellence.
A border story
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Colle Val d'Elsa: the city of crystal glass
Did you know that nowadays Colle Val d'Elsa can be easily considered the world's crystal capital? About 95% of Italian production and about 15% of world-class crystal quality production comes from our beloved city.
Tradition was rooted in the 19th century when an Alsatian genius master, Francois Mathis, came to the Val...Read More »
Colle val d'Elsa, a gem to discover in Tuscany
Our farmhouse is located in the hills of our beloved Colle val d'Elsa, a small gem on the top of a hill in the stunning Tuscan countryside strategically located between the beautiful and world famous cities of Florence and Siena. Its older part (upper Colle) is an astonishing testimony of medieval atmosphere, architecture...Read More »
SPRING FAIR AT THE HORTICULTURE GARDENS IN FLORENCE
Yesterday I visited the beautiful fair of flowers and plants at the Horticulture Gardens in Florence.
This wonderful garden was officially opened in 1859 after three years of construction and immediately it became an experimental garden, erecting a dibble,planting vines and tomatoes and other rare and ornamental plants...Read More »
The Palio of Siena: benediction of the horse
Next Sunday, August 16th, the Palio horse race will be run in Siena.
The benediction of the horse and the jockey in their respective contrada churches will take place at 3pm.
This is a very particular moment, both delicate and very emotional for the contrada members. It is a mystical rite with the horse...Read More »
Badia a Conèo, a romanic style church near Bardeggiano
You’ll find the sign “Badia a Conèo” along the road leading from Le Grazie to Casole d’Elsa, after about 1km. Pass the two cypresses that bound the narrow road and after 2kms you’ll reach the Badia a Conèo romanic style church. It was built round about the year 1.000 near the...Read More »