Tuscany is well known for a variety of regional products. At the head of the list, naturally, are olives and wine, Grappa and VinSanto.
Tuscan cuisine is amazingly diverse. Handmade pasta, juicy Bistecca Fiorentina, locally-produced salami or ham all please the palate, as do the many types of Formaggi – or chestnuts and Tartufo in October. Herbs are widely used and vegetables harvested when are fully ripe …
STREET MARKETS IN THE REGION
|Mittwoch:||CERTALDO (Via le Matteotti), SIENA|
|Wednesday:||EMPOLI, SAN GIMIGNANO|
|Saturday:||CASTELFIORENTINO, CERTALDO (Piazza Bocaccio)|
Take the time to make your own discoveries.
A few useful Tips
Traditional pottery has been made for hundreds of years and – somewhat in it‘s shadow – glasswork too. It is astounding what can be conjured from sand and clay.
Anybody who is interested will find addresses here, but the same maxim always applies: sniff out places yourself – everyone finds their favourites.
POTTERY WORKS – CERAMICHEARTIC
This ceramics manufacturer is in the industrial zone of Castelfiorentino. It is a small family business which welcomes tourists. There is no showroom as such but it is possible to walk through the warehouse and select objects to buy. There is everything from tiny ceramic figures to large vases and amphorae at unbeatable prices. This is the right place to look for something to take home.
Via Giuseppe Brodolini, 15, 50051 Pesciola (FI)
DEI PASTRY SHOP
In the centre of Castelfiorentino there is a wonderful pastry shop. Everyone finds something to their liking here: drinking a second Espresso, trying the different kinds of homemade Cantuccini, sampling a few of the marvellous cakes or the little sweet delicacies – or buying one of their „heavenly“ cakes for a special occasion. Maybe you’d like to combine it with a visit to the weekly market.
Via Testaferrata, 1, 50051 Castelfiorentino (FI)
ANTIQUE SHOP TUTTO TORNA
Tucked away in the historic centre of Montaione is a fascinating little antique shop. Emma, who runs it, is English but stayed in Italy after meeting her husband. He is an expert in restoration – anyone looking for something special should certainly call in there.
Via Chiarenti, 72, 50050 Montaione FI, Italien
METELLO und SIMONETTA – Leather in Perfection
A very dear couple, not particularly young, run an exceptional store in the historic centre of Montaione. They make beautiful leather handbags, belts, large bags and accessories right there in the shop. Usually you can see them through the shop window, busy at work. Each piece is unique – and the designs individual and modern.
Via Ammirato 13, 50050 Montaione FI