Festival of the wine: the wineries are opening on Sunday of the 30 May


Convivial opportunity for wine lovers, where the wine is the spotlight with its people and its land.
Our Bed & Breakfast is on the trail of wines Chianti Rufina and Pomino, many farms are participating in the initiative offer programs in addition to tasting side.

Our area is a region especially to produce wine; the wines of the area have ancient histories, but have kept pace with the times, and succeed admirably in the task of reflecting the territories where they are produced. The production of the wine is overseen by the Consorzio del Chianti Rufina, which includes 90% of the producers. Though the summer days do get hot, the nights are always cool, a characteristics that keeps the grapes acidity from dropping off and favors the development of aromatic compounds.

Easter is near and on the Italian tables do not miss a cake called Colomba.

Easter is near and on the Italian tables do not mis a cake called Colomba.

The Colomba is a soft cake with piece of candied fruits and coating of icing and almonds, shaped like a dove. Very important in processing is proper leavening.

Ingredients:

  • 500 g flour
  • 150 g sugar
  • 4 eggs + 2 yolks
  • 150 g butter
  • 25 g yeast
  • 100 g almonds
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 100 g candied orange in pieces
  • 50 g sugar in pieces
  • Salt

Procedure:
Blanch the almonds in boiling water and peel them.

Dissolve the yeast in a little warm milk add half the flour and make you a loaf from the dough to rise covered with a table napkin.

When it will be increased twice, add the 1 egg yolk, remaining flour, sugar, butter, a pinch of salt, the orange pieces and milk.

Leave to rise on a greased plate, giving the shape of dove.

Brush the surface with the yolk and sprinkle with remaining almonds and
sugar in pieces. When the mixture is increased by double, bake the Colomba  about 10 minutes in preheated oven at 200’ ,lower the temperature at 180’cooked for 30 minutes, covering with a sheet of baking paper. Cooled before tasting.

Happy Easter!

De Chirico at Florence

Few Italian artists had such an important impact on 20th century art as Giorgio de Chirico. His ‘metaphysical’ works were like a pebble thrown into a pond, whose waves rippled through the world of art in concentric
circles, becoming weaker in time, but still felt decades later. The young artist Giorgio de Chirico first became aware of a new way of seeing the world while visiting Florence at the age of twenty-one: ‘on a clear autumn afternoon I was sitting on a bench in the middle of piazza Santa Croce […] I had the strange impression that I was looking at all these things for the first time, and the composition of my picture came to my mind’s eye [...] the moment is an enigma to me, for it is inexplicable’. This ‘illumination or ‘revelation’—as De Chirico called it—informs his pictures of the 1910s and 1920s. As the century hurtled towards World War I, this experience
of alienation prompted De Chirico—long before his peers—to paint what he called the ‘great silence’. De Chirico’s paintings of windswept piazzas, with solitary figures and statues staring blindly into space, continued to haunt artists long after De Chirico painted his Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon in 1909.

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