Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda, Tuscany – A fantasy landscape painted with sunlight, cypresses and wheat fields
At Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda the view from the swimming pools opens up over the Sienese hills. A landscape that is reminiscing of a fantasy painted by wheat fields, changing color with the seasons; The cypresses are he same color as black cabbage and here and there the small houses made of red brick and stone accent the view.
A farmer has thick shoes and a very sharp mind. If you visit the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Sienesi you will realize that this old adage is accurate. The spirit, the wisdom, the determination, the elegance of these people invite one to discover this territory of Virgilian optics, to treasure more a walk through the olive trees with the astute Aroldo than five years spent in the public hall of the University.
Fattoria del Colle – The History
The era of skills and trades inherited from the Etruscans and the Romans, along with the castles and abbeys from the Middle Ages is still alive today and represents the primary tourist attraction here in Tuscany, where time seems to have been standing still for hundreds of years.
The Fattoria del Colle recipe book, is a collection of typical Trequanda dishes as they were once prepared, along with some other recipes, prepared and served in the Osteria di Donatella. Most recipes carry a brief historic and folklorist introduction regarding their preparation. These precious stories are about the housewives, the farmers, and the food experts in Trequanda, Bettolle and Sinalunga.
Special thanks go to Egisto Bertoncini, Manfreda Casini,Margherita Ciolfi, Orietta Fabi, Franca Gragnoli, Bruno Guazzini, Arianna Ranocchia, Aroldo Rosini, Helle and Alfredo Tesio for the recipes, for providing the entertaining anecdotes and for sharing all they know with us.
The farmhouse is located in Tuscany, South of Siena, it is made up 18 apartments, two swimming pools, a tennis court, rooms with private bathroom, a villa with private swimming-pool, a restaurant, a cooking school and a wellness center.
Simple country hospitality is offered to guests in what were once peasant dwellings. Furnished with antique furniture but with modern comfort. For a more exclusive stay, there is the finery of the bedroom made for the Grand Duke of Tuscany and his amorous tryst with Isabella. For lovers of “educational” farm holidays Fattoria del Colle organizes cooking courses and wine tastings, and guided tours through the countryside and also weekends dedicated to wellness and wine and food. The most historic parts of the villa, the chapel and the medieval hermitage may all be visited. Read More…
Source: The Recipe Book is courtesy of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, and it was adapted and translated in English by Raffaele De Gennaro, the photos are copyright of Donatella Cinelli Colombini.