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.

All the reasons why visiting between September and November and in April make perfect sense! There are many good reasons for avoiding Tuscany during the summer months, including not experiencing some of the heat common in July and August. The high season for Tuscany starts with good weather between April and May and ends in [...]

Everybody knows the popoularity of the Italian olive oil, expecially the one of Tuscany. But do you know how it is produced? Have you ever experienced the ‘olive harvest tradition‘ in Italy/Tuscany? October and November in Tuscany can mean a lot of things, like a great variability both in weather conditions and in temperatures, chestnut [...]

A Kermesse of food & wine Volterragusto, one of the most important and awaited for food & wine fairs in the Pisa area, celebrates, in the spring edition, the Marzuolo Truffle, and in the autumn the fine White Truffle which the hills of Volterra are rich in. “Autumn 2017″ Very Special Edition… TRUFFLE, EXCELLENCE GOURMET, [...]

The elegant and suggestive Tuscan (and Chianti) countryside is the refined expression of an equilibrium between a rough and essential farm life with an actual “working” home and elegant showy estates. The harmony between the landscape and architecture developed slowly, year by year, and reflects the eternal dispute between Siena and Florence who fought for [...]

“We have just returned from a really amazing trip to Tuscany staying in Villa Sensano. We were a family of four and the apartment was well appointed, spacious and very clean. It is part of a beautifully restored country house complex that is set in an idyllic Tuscan hills location, close enough to all the [...]

Life in Villa.


“We returned to Villa Sensano 4 years later when we wanted to do some more exploring in Tuscany and we knew we would be returning to a great property, great hosts and great accommodation! We were so happy we did. The hosts are so friendly that it makes such a comfortable place to stay. We [...]

The two sisters…


“Just back from Tuscany where we spent 2 wonderful weeks at the Villa Sensano as a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Cannot praise Federica and Lavinia highly enough, who were always helpful and available with local suggestions and recommendations but not intrusive in any way. Really appreciated their assistance when our 5 year [...]

Volterra A.D. 1398 3rd and 4th Sunday in August The 19th edition of Volterra A.D. 1398 has two unforgettable settings: the town centre, with its imposing palazzi and squares, and the Archaeological Park, over which the Medici Fortress reigns. The high point of the programme is the “Festival Day of A.D 1398”, on Sunday 2oth [...]



“A very good place to spend your holidays in Toscany. Near of the most beautiful village as Volterra and San Gimignano. You can also visit for a day Siena, Florence and Pisa. The appartments are very nice, comfortable and really quite and and relax. The restaurant near the house – at 30 meters- is really [...]

“We booked Villa Sensano, as we had read very positive reviews of the host couple, Federica and Lavinia. This was for sure true. We felt really really welcome. On top of that, it was great to find out the place was very nice also. You drive down a cypress alle, with valley on each side [...]

When I travel to a new place, I prepare a list of things and towns that I absolutely have to see to make the most of each day. If this is your first time in Tuscany, I imagine that you’re looking for top itinerary tips. This post is for you! When planning your first trip [...]

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 [...]

The best a 10!


“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 [...]