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- 3 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- Sleeps 8
Type: Villaholiday house
Description from the owner
5-rooms house 180 m2 on 3 levels,
on the upper floor: open living room with open fireplace and dining room with exit to the veranda. Kitchen (04 hotplates, oven, dishwasher, micro wave, freezer).
On the lower ground floor: sep. WC.
On the upper floor: lounge with 1 double sofa bed. 2 double bedrooms. 1 room with 2 beds. 2 bathrooms (each with shower/bidet/WC). Panoramic view of the countryside. Particularly pretty view from the living room on the Florence valley (Florence Cathedral is visible).
Podere Belvedere is located 1 km far from Carmignano village, 25km far from Florence, 35 km from the Lucca, 55 km from San ...Read more
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Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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Having resisted to the joint Florentine and Prato siege up until 1154, the castle was destroyed a first time in 1228 by the Florentines, who demolished the stronghold’s tower. It was regained by Pistoia in 1242 and its fortifications rebuilt. In the first part of the 1300’s Carmignano was again sold to Florence, who subsequently demolished the stronghold and its fortified walls. After another Pistoian interlude (1315 – 1324), the castle was again in Florentine hands, then besieged and conquered by Castruccio Castracani, who turned it into a personal fortress until 1328, when it returned definitively to Florence.
In the 19th century the last remains of the castle were demolished, today the only remaining fortified walls can be seen at the Carmignano hilltop, accessible via a walkway going from the central square. The impressive 16th century clocktower “Campano” can be found near the main doorway. At the centre of the fortified walls there is a squat 19th century building merging the last Mastio stronghold structures; this building is owned by the local tourist office is used for small exhibitions and preserves a reconstructed model of the 12th century castle. Carmignano has naturally always been tied to internationally renowned quality wine production. After visiting the Campano its almost obligatory to sample some local wine in one of the numerous local industries of the area plus visiting the interesting local wine museum
A gastronomic tour of the Montalbano hills
Science and art of eating well
If you stop in a restaurant or in one of the typical inns of the Montalbano area, you will appreciate the hospitality and the delicious gastronomical specialties of these places.
The local cuisine derives from the rich Tuscan tradition with recipes which mainly belong to rustic life. The soups, the meat, the vegetables and the seafood are cooked with a careful use of the various ingredients and without sophisticated handling, thus exalting the quality of the products; the typical Tuscan bread, home made and salt-less, is the main ingredient for many starters and it is perfect with stews. The various dishes, tasteful but delicate at the same time, preserve the scents of the past and find an excellent ally in the olive oils and wines of the Montalbano territory.
A trip along the hills of Montalbano is also a journey around a world of ancient and modern tastes. A product of ancient tradition but of current taste is "il Brigidino" di Lamporecchio, a typical sweet made of a small crisp wafer. In Lamporecchio during the annual summer event there is a fair rightly dedicated to "il Brigidino".
Larciano is known for the production of meat, especially pork. The pork is used for the production of excellent salami and cold pork meats. These products can be bought at F.lli Anzuini's Firm Via Cecinese in Castelmartini.
Coming from Larciano to Monsummano Terme, driving along Via Francesca in Violi Via Rio Vecchio we find the cheese factory "Bufalcioffi". This cheese factory produces mozzarella, ricotta, scamorza, and other fresh milk products. Here we can buy products that are made freshly every day.
Not very far from Violi, we can buy good salami and cold pork at the butcher's "da Giacomo" in Via Della Repubblica. In the area called "Vergine dei Pini" we can taste an excellent chocolate in Slitti's chocolate shop. Andrea Slitti has repeatedly been a prize - winner in international competitions and he is appreciated by the most sophisticated palate of the world. Andrea Slitti makes delicious and exclusive chocolate products, perfect masterpieces because he adds to the excellent quality of the chocolate his creativity and his handicraft skills. Besides, he takes personal care of his products down to the smallest detail.
Carmignano is famous for the production of dried figs, a production that is going to disappear. However, thanks to these local products we have the chance to discover smells and tastes almost forgotten by the Tuscan gastronomy. Don't miss the chance to buy dried figs at "Antica Fiera di Camignano" on the 1st Tuesday of December.
Carmignano, Buy produce direct from farmers
Discover the flavours of the countryside near the city of Prato
The land around the town of Carmignano is vineyard country. The vines spread across the gently rolling hills, today as they have done for centuries.This territory is in fact home to some of the most excellent Italian wines. Wonderful olive oil is also produced here, as well as jams and honey. The best way to find out about all these delicious products is to take a road trip round the region, stopping off at different farms to taste and sample what each place produces.There are many farms around Carmignano which regularly open their wine cellars for wine tasting and which sell typical foods direct to the public.
Carmignano is the land of the Etruscans and the Medici. It is loved by wine experts who have enjoyed barrels of Brillante Carmignanoproduced here for centuries. This wine is bright ruby red in colour and is aged for 2 years, one of which must be in wooden barrels. The special ‘riserva’ is aged for 3 years, 2 of which take place in wooden barrels. This wine is known for its decisive and ethereal aroma, with undertones of violets. It is made from at least 50% Sangiovese and the rest of black Canaiolo grapes. It should be served at room temperature (bottles should be opened 4-6 hours before drinking). Carmignano DOCG is the perfect accompaniment for roast meats, game and poultry.
Another wine, Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC is also made here. It differs in that it is aged for just one year. This wine also has an intense, fruity aroma and goes well with roasted white meat and poultry in particular. It should be opened shortly before serving and drunk at room temperature. Rosato di Carmignano DOC is made from the same red grapes but is aged only during the winter months. This is a great wine for an aperitif or between meals. It also goes well with hams and salamis, fish, shellfish, eggs and all kinds of soups. It shouldn’t be opened before serving.
Dried white grapes are used to make the local dessert wine, Vin Santo. This sweet wine is aged for 3 or 4 years in special wine cellars and then in the bottle. This wine is intense and yellow with amber hues. It is the perfect accompaniment to biscuits from Prato which are usually eaten at the end of the meal. It is made from at least 75% Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Bianca grapes. It should be served at room temperature and only opened slightly before serving.
It would be impossible to talk about the wines of Carmignano without mentioning Pinot Nero. This wine is made in the area around Montemurlo, near Bagnolo. Pinot Nero is an exceptional wine which has had enormous success in recent years both in Italy and abroad.
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