Italie: 5 coups de coeur en Toscane

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1) Louer une maison :

Pour découvrir la Toscane, rien de tel que de louer une maison ou une villa; ce qui permet de rayonner aisément dans la région et de vivre comme les locaux… De cette façon, on apprend à connaître les commerces et les gens du coin. Lorsqu’on voyage en famille (ou quelques couples ensemble), cette formule permet aussi d’économiser sur l’hébergement et les repas; ce qui ne nous empêche pas de goûter les spécialités locales, qui nous sont proposées dans les vinothèques, les boulangeries et les marchés locaux.

De notre côté, nous avons loué une maison à Castiglion Fibocchi: un petit village situé dans la région du Val d’Orcia (à une dizaine de kilomètres de la ville d’Arezzo). Cet emplacement central nous a permis de rejoindre aisément les villages de Montepulciano et Cortona, la région du Chianti, de même que Florence, Sienne et Pise…

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Florentine Cake Recipe

Florentine Cake Recipe
Florentine Cake Recipe

Hi Zoran,

Here under the recipe of the cake You enjoyed during the dinner:
Florentine Cake
  • 6 eggs
  • 500 gr. of sugar
  • 250 gr of flour
  • 250 gr. of potato starch
  • 1 glass of water
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • few small pieces of butter
  • Mix all the ingredients (eggs and sugar, then add the water, the rind of lemon, the two types of sifted flours, and sifted baking powder).
  • Put everything in a cake pan (greased and floured to prevent sticking) and put over little pieces of butter.
  • Cook in hoven for approx. 1 hour at 180°C.
Enjoy the cake !!!
We really enjoyed the dinner together and hope there will be the occasion to meet You again (maybe in Paris, why not !).
Wish You all the best
Marusca and Gianni

Your holiday c/o Little Love Nest Apartment in Castiglion Fibocchi – Arezzo – Italy – Suggestions

Marusca Cacioli

I am writing You for giving You some suggestions for Your trip in Tuscany and Umbria.

Consider that the apartment is located in Castiglion Fibocchi, a little village (approx. 2.000 inhabitants) close to the city of Arezzo which You can reach by car in 15 minutes.

The location is very central in Tuscany and with the car You car easily reach the most beautiful part in Tuscany and also in Umbria.

For what concerns Tuscany, first of all I give You some advices for the places You can visit just around the apartment:

Il Borro : at approx. 4-5 km from the apartment (10 minutes from the apartment by car); a medieval Tuscan village built with patience, hundreds of years ago, where every architectural detail was meticulously planned, has been restored to the likes of a renaissance painting where You can also visit a very beautiful vinery (;

– if You are interested in tasting wine, I can also recommend a beautiful vinery close to our apartment (just 1,5-2 km, 5 minutes by car) named “Tenuta La Pineta”, the owner is a friend of mine and if You take an apointment with him You can make a tour of the vinery, taste a very good wine and also olive oil and honey (

– Arezzo, my city, at approx. 12 km (15 minutes by car) where You can visit the city centre: Piazza Grande (the most beautiful square of the city), the Cathedral, the beautiful Pieve (Romanesque church) and the Church of San Francesco with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca. On the road from Castiglion Fibocchi to Arezzo You can also visit “Ponte Buriano” a romanic bridge which according to the latest studies seems to have inspired Leonardo da Vinci in the painting “La Gioconda”.

– Cortona at approx. 40 km (50 minutes by car) a very beautiful Etruscan village: You can visit his Etruscan walls, ancient churches and museum. Close to Cortona we recommend to visit the Etruscan tumulus tombs , the most antique form of buria and also Lake Trasimeno.

Then if You go a little bit far:

– Florence (approx. 80 km from the apartment …. 1 hour by car): surely one of the must in Tuscany really beautiful and with a lot o place to visit such as the Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and the museum of Uffizi (;

Siena (approx. 60 km .. 1 hour by car): really very beautiful with is Cathedral and with Piazza del Campo the most beautiful square where every year (twice per year) takes place the “Palio” a famous horse race.

– All the Chianti Area, the countryside around Siena, where it is really beautifull also going around with the car and where You can visit beautiful place such as Radda in Chianti, Greve in Chianti,

– Montepulciano, very famous for the “Nobile” wine where there are several wineries to visit . I give You the address of a web site, in English (, where You can find a list of wineries in Montepulciano area and if interested chose what to visit.
– In Siena area we also recommend You to visit San Gimignano ( and Pienza (for his famous cheese).
For Umbria, some suggestions are:
– Perugia (;
– Assisi which is the place where San Francis was borne:
I give You also a link to a web site where some touristic itineraries are suggest for Umbria region:
I hope my suggestions could help You in organizing Your visit in Italy, I remain however at Your disposal for any other information You may need, do not hesitate to contact me.
In any case I will contact You few days before Your arrival in order to give You all latest information for reaching our apartment.
Kind regards,


Holidays Apartments
Via Vecchia Aretina, 7 
52029 Castiglion Fibocchi - Arezzo

Mobile Marusca +39 3490676780
Mobile Gianni + 39 3477911058
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