Eat, Explore and Experience
Some things that we can recommend
Eat, Explore and Experience in your Holiday in Tuscany Hills
There is the key for your holidays in Tuscany at the PODERE PIANA! We are located in a historic area of Tuscany nearby to Florence. There are more things sorruonding the away natural, historical and arts. Nearby us have so many restaurants, but for sure you can’t forget to eat some products.
We write for you some links and recommendations.
Eat, Explore and Experience there is the key for your holidays in Tuscany.
WHAT to DO : from just 6 km there is the S. Ellero train station. We are in a strategic point so you can use Podere Piana as a starting point for discovering the true Tuscany among the beautiful hills of Chianti. Take one train for going in amazing tuscnay, or to visit Florence A few meters away from the Farmhouse there is the stables of our friend Laura Club le Roverelle. It is nice to walk to Donnini, you can stop at the lake, or look at the view from Pieve a Pitiana church. In the country there are many summer events such as concerts, festivals. For shoppers just a few minutes drive away are the outlet center THE MALL and the GROOVE. Also you can stay in our pool or in a garden!!
WHAT to SEE : what there is to see in Florence !!More. We are only 20 km form the most beautifull city of Florence. That’s really a city full of Art and History: Vasari Corridor, in Uffizi. The Ponte Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo, and the Opera of the Duomo, Museums and more. Nearby us there are the ancient Balze unique and spectacular erosion, and the Romanesque churches such as the one near us, Pieve a Pitiana, or the most famous Pieve of Cascia with Masaccio’s Art. One natural traking is Vallombrosa, the Forest and Abbey at only 6 km from us.
WHAT to EAT: at the beginning of the meal for traditional parties or dinners and special lunch, or during an aperitif, or as a break in Tuscany we like to eat croutons, sausages and cheese, with a good glass of Chianti.
Very often the traditional Tuscan dishes are made from stale bread, because they are simple dishes of country tradition. You should definitely eat the beefsteak: Florentine steak, is cooking of course ” to the blood” !
Day or hours on horseback
A few meters away from our Farmhouse there is the stables of our friend Laura Club le Roverelle, which she will be very happy to take you on a ride to the nearby countryside, or take a riding lesson or a long walk in the moonlight. Often she organizes picnics or longer trips and interesting. For more information ask us.
Walking around Donnini
Is nice to walk to Donnini, you can stop at the lake, or to look at the view from the beautiful church Pieve a Pitiana. In the village there are many shops where you can buy some food, good meat, and good bread. Take one good coffee at the bar GUSTO in the place and see the real life of a small town. In our country there are many summer events such as concerts, festivals or our most characteristic race with Carettelle which passes right in front of the our farmhouse.
For shoppers just a few minutes drive away is the outlet center THE MALL, which houses shops of the most important fashion brands including Armani, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo and more others. And a few km there is the Gallery of GROOVE, with more shops and a good bar and resturant in front of at the Dolce&Gabbana factory.
The Balze and the streat of Setteponti
In this street you can find ancient bridges, views, and Romanesque churches such as the one close to us, the Pieve a Pitiana, or the most famous Pieve of Cascia with Masaccio’s Art. Also nearby are the Balze, a very unique and spectacular erosion of lands . Besides being really beautiful views are thought to have been used as background by Leonardo in Mona Lisa.
This is no easy to tell what there is to see in Florence!!
Because it’s really a city full of Art and History. However, we can recommend without doubt a tour to the Vasari Corridoio, in Uffizi. Also We can help you for arrange this visit, and if you would like see other tuor of the city and its surroundings, you ask us or you can see from See Florence that are organizers of more tours and we started to work together.
Natural and Sacred way
We recommend a natural and sacred away that start from Vallombrosa, the beautiful Vallombrosa Forest and Abbey and then along the National Park of Casentino Forests and Forest of Casentino.
Continuing for arrive in Camaldoli you can find Montemignaio beautiful medioeval village, Consuma and Poppi with the Castle. Here you can also visit the Park Zoo Poppi for view more animals and arrived to La Verna for know the life of San Francesco.
At the beginning of the meal for the traditional parties or dinners and special lunch, or during an aperitif, or as a break in Tuscany we like to eat croutons, sausages and cheese, with a good glass of Chianti wine.
The croutons are blacks in chicken liver, or with tomatoes or sauce, or with beans or with vegetables. There are many specialties to try. Ask and we’ll help you cook them or try them.
Tuscany dishes soup with bread
Very often the traditional Tuscan dishes are made from stale bread, because they are simple dishes of country tradition. Famous examples are the Ribollita, the Panzanella and the Pappa of the tomato soup.
You can ask us where to find them because not all restaurants make these. Certainly if you go to Florence, for example at the new and refurbished Mercato Centrale you can find this and other dishes.
You should definitely eat the beefsteak: Bistecca alla fiorentina. There is the possibility to turn on the our BBQ , then buying the meat in the village. Or for less active people recommended to go into a restaurant. Is cooking that we recommend, of course to the blood.