Archive for the ‘Cooking and Tasting’ Category

If you are fond of food tours, cooking tours, tasting tours or similar, if you dream of a farmhouse in Tuscany, if you want to know how to make real Italian Pizza, if you look forward to finding out what delicious meats are grilled on a Tuscan barbeque… well, have a look at our articles about all the tasty things you can do as our guests in Villa Sensano.

I nostri ospiti spesso ammettono di sentirsi a casa e di soggiornare a Villa Sensano come se fossero venuti a trovare degli amici dopo tanto tempo. Ecco alcuni esempi: E’ stato come tornare a casa Angolo di paradiso in Toscana   Atmosfere quasi cinematografiche   La serenità, la bellezza del paesaggio, le ore passate sotto [...]

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“We stayed at the villa for the second time, for a period of 4 weeks. It was like coming home meeting our familie!The hosts Federica and Lavinia were most helpfull in every way. Thank you for all the good tips and suggestions. They went with us to an amazing pecorino shop where we bought excellent [...]

The Carai Brothers are five and come Sardinia; in 1959, their father, pastor, moves to Tuscany to one of the abandoned farms around the region previously managed by sharecropping. With his sardinian cattle, personally selected and very suitable for milk production and cheese making, he decided to settle on the same hill where we are [...]

Volterra, a jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art, dominates the whole valley of the river Cecina from its birth to the Thyrrenian sea, from a hill 550 m above sea level. History has left its marks in Volterra from the Etruscan period to the 19th century with artistic and monumental traces of great [...]

April is usually a lovely spring month, with longer sunny days and warm temperatures. The countryside is beautifully green with plenty of fruit trees in bloom and flowers in the fields. This year, the temperatures were high enough that wisteria was in bloom at the beginning of the month and poppies are already dotting the fields. There are tender light green leaves on the trees and [...]

We found this villa in Tuscany at the last minute but were delighted with all of the factors that made it a great place to stay. The owners were great in providing us information prior to our checking in and were really very helpful after we arrived. Frederica and her sister were very, very helpful [...]

Tuscan Olive oil and Tuscan bread (saltless) have always formed the staff of life in Tuscany and continue to this day to be major and essential components of the Tuscan diet. Olive oil is used both “raw” as a condiment on bread, salads, tomatoes etc and extensively in cooking. In contrast, use of butter is very [...]

The hilly Chianti region with its pine forests is what you imagine when you dream of idyllic Tuscany, and the rugged eroded landscape of Le Balze is quite out of this world. Dedicated bicycle infrastructure is sparse, but car drivers are quite used to sharing the winding country roads with bikes. For a more rustic experience, [...]

We returned to Villa Sensano for 3 nights, this time without our kids, at the beginning of August. Federica and Lavinia were as friendly and welcoming as ever and we had an idyllic stay in their superb property enjoying the pool and the lovely countryside.   We stayed in the one-bedroom apartment – Rosa Blu [...]

A very warm welcome on arrival from Federica and Lavinia. The accommodation was excellent and very well equipped. The property and pool had stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. Easy access to Volterra and San Gimignano and Siena is about 45 mins by car.       A nice restaurant right next to Villa Sensano, [...]

We found this villa in Tuscany at the last minute but were delighted with all of the factors that made it a great place to stay. The owners were great in providing us information prior to our checking in and were really very helpful after we arrived. Frederica and her sister were very, very helpful [...]

  We are now at the 26th edition of the festival (the oldest and longest-running in our country), that will take place on July 8th-9th-10th and 15th-16th-17th. This year, the chosen theme is: ARTS, GAMES AND FEASTS AT THE TIME OF DANTE. Everyone is invited to cross the gates of the castle and enter the [...]

Before the XX century, villages of Tuscany were agricultural micro-cosmos, composed of a main house, an old church and a number of houses of the peasants in the service of the owner. Borgo Sensano was one of these micro-cosmos. The villages were self-sufficient in terms of food supply: the meat came from animals (chickens, hens, geese, [...]


The Apartments of  Villa Sensano have the characteristic of being totally “self catering”, because guests must arrange their shopping, buying the kinds of necessities during their stay in our structure. In order to meet this need and allow them ultimately to enjoy complete relaxation during  their holiday, Villa Sensano has decided to create a service, [...]

Bello Brunello!


Credits: “Brunello di Montalcino”, Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino In many ways, Montalcino is like other hilltop towns in Tuscany, a medieval city whose human inhabitation dates back to the Etruscan era. Below the stunning stony settlement, characteristic olive orchards share the sloping hillsides with grape vines. The vines of Montalcino, however, are something [...]

Credits: “Harvest in Tuscany and olive oil tasting-19″, Visit Tuscany  Anyone serious about their food will know Tuscany not only as a premier producer of fine wines but also the home of delicious local cuisine. Central to Tuscan cooking is the use of extra virgin olive oil – in fact, the use of butter is [...]

Credits: “Vigneto nel Chianti”, Francesco Sgroi  Visitors come to Tuscany for many reasons – the ancient cities of Florence and Siena, filled with some of the world’s finest artistic treasures, for example. To experience Tuscan cuisine perhaps, with its robust, down-to-earth flavours. Some visit simply to spend time taking in the breathtaking Tuscan scenery, and [...]

  Credits: “Vegetarians, please don’t look”, McPig If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the quintessential experiences of the region. Your first sip of Chianti, your first glance at Florence’s glorious ice cream coloured Duomo, waking up at one of the holiday apartments [...]

Credits: “Pappardelle with Mushrooms”, Arnold Gatilao There are many Italian foods that can be enjoyed by carnivores and vegetarians alike: gelato and tiramisu come to mind. But bistecca alla fiorentina, the famous steak from the Tuscan city of Florence, is not one of them. Food from this region of Italy is world-famous for its fresh, flavorful [...]