Brunello + Barolo

This year Il Poggione has been invited to participate in BaroloBrunello, the event where you can find together the producers of the two most famous and iconic Italian wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Barolo. The event will take place in Montalcino, in the beautiful scenery of the Sant’Agostino cloister on Saturday  to Sunday November 12th-13th.  More than 40 producers will be present. You can find all the information on the dates and the tickets (limited availability) on the website www.barolobrunello.it . We hope to see you in... Read more >

It’s Time for Porcini Mushrooms!

In Montalcino it’s time for Porcini mushrooms! Thanks to the rain that fell around mid-August in some areas of Montalcino, the first Porcini mushrooms have arrived! Over the weekend, we took a walk in the woods to see if we were lucky enough to find some of these delicious fruits of the land; as you can see we can’t complain about the results. We then enjoyed a great meal with handmade tagliatelle with porcini and a glass of our Rosso di... Read more >

Celebrating the White Truffle in San Giovanni D’Asso

Saturday I went to San Giovanni D’Asso, a small hamlet in the Crete Senesi, famous for its festival celebrating the white truffle of the Crete Senesi. Crete Senesi, or Senese clays, is a beautiful area of Tuscany not far from Montalcino, where the grey color of the soil is reminiscent of a lunar landscape. This area is famous for its white truffles, and since the festival was winding down, I decided to go buy some truffles for dinner! This is an important festival for the town of San Giovanni, and many locals and tourists go there to buy truffles and truffled products. I stopped to visit the truffle museum and bought a couple of white truffles. On my way home I stopped at one of my favorite pasta makers in Montalcino to buy freshly made tagliatelle, which I prepared with butter and a generous shaving of white truffle. Of course a glass of Brunello di Montalcino was the perfect pairing for... Read more >

The Piazza del Campo In Siena Where The Palio Is Run

The Piazza del Campo is the central public square of Siena, which is the head of our province. It is one of the most beautiful places in our land and is too the place where takes place the Palio, the horse race of the city of which the 16 "contrade" or neighborhoods of the city compete. The Palio is held every years on the 2 July and the 16 August. I was born on the 16 August: the doctor said he wanted me to come quickly because he wanted to go see the race! Herewith the Wikipedia voice for Piazza del Campo (in... Read more >

Pienza Is One Of The Gems Of The Montalcino Territory

Pienza is locatd not far from Montalcino and is a most beautiful town known for its early Renaissance architecture. Herewith are informations from Wikipedia: Pienza was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town. Intended as a retreat from Rome, it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts, creating an impetus for planning that was adopted in other Italian towns and cities and eventually spread to other European centers. The rebuilding was done by Florentine architect Bernardo Gambarelli (known as Bernardo Rossellino) who may have worked with the humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti, though there are no documents to prove it for sure. Alberti was in the employ of the Papal Curia at the time and served as an advisor to Pius. Construction started about 1459. Pope Pius II consecrated the Duomo on August 29, 1462, during his long summer visit. He included a detailed description of the structures in his Commentaries, written during the last two years of his life. And when you go to visit Pienza, you must be sure to visit also the famous "salumeria" that is called Nannetti e Bernardini. The "porchetta" the roast suckling pig of Nannetti is one of the best. And there are many other food shops to try.  Also the famous "pecorino di Pienza" cheese of the sheep milk.  Also the eels and the sausages!  Pienza township has... Read more >

Tuscan Weekend: A Visit To The Tenuta Il Poggione Farmhouse Agriturismo @MarloMarisie

Early this year, a group of American exchange students spent the weekend at the Tenuta Il Poggione Farmhouse (Agriturismo). Herewith is the blogpost by one of the students: "Wine Not? Il Poggione" by C'Era Una Volta. It contains an excellemnt description of the farmhouse and what it is like to spend the weekend there, with many beautiful photos. Please click here to learn more about the agriturismo and... Read more >