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Home automation

published on04/09/2018 sertion Blog
"Domotica" is part of the third industrial revolution served to improve the quality of life, improve safety, simplify the design, installation, maintenance and use of technology, reduce management costs, convert old environments and old systems.

The main features of Home Automation are:

reliability, the system must always work, without requiring special attention; also in case of failures should be able to provide the service or must report the non-functioning and generate a report of any anomalies;

energy saving: a fully automated system will have to avoid the costs generated by energy wastage due to oversights or other situations.

"Smart Home" is a designed and technologically equipped environment which provides intelligent equipment instead of "traditional" systems.

EATING AND DRINKING IN SIENA
Sienese food culture

published on02/06/2018 sertion Blog
An important trading post ,Siena is one of the best places in Tuscany for food lovers .
One of the most appreciated products is ‘’pici ‘’ pasta , thick hand-made spaghetti -like ribbons which come from the Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana areas, and is best enjoyed with an ‘’aglione ‘’ sauce made of garlic and olive oil.
Another dish is ‘’ribollita’’ , a hearty soup with lentils and dark green cabbage . It is said that the more it is reheated, the better it gets .Hence its name – ‘’reboiled’’.
Another popular dish is ‘’panzanella’’ , a delicious summer salad made using days’ old bread soaked in water and tightly strained , with celery ,onion, tomatoes and fresh basil, and served with a good drizzling of olive oil ,salt and pepper.
We must not forget ‘’bruschette’’- slices of bread topped with garlic and the best olive oil ,or liver paté . Also ‘’fettunta’’ ,toasted bread with olive

Quality of life in Tuscany
You live well and longer

published on04/05/2018 sertion Blog
Are you born in Tuscany? It means you should live long and well. The Tuscans are more athletic and less obese than the Italians.

In Tuscany you live longer than in other regions, and you live in good health. Many factors contribute to the good health of the Tuscans, but most of the part because the high level of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the health system.

But the most positive news is that most of the years have lived in good health and without disability. Fortune? In part perhaps yes, transmitted by the genes, but almost everything depends on correct lifestyles, healthy environment and health services that work.

ART AND CRAFTSMANSHIP IN CHIANTI
Artisan shopping and bespoke products

published on02/05/2018 sertion Blog
In Siena the main shopping area lies in Via di Città , Via Banchi di Sopra and Via dei Montanini , with locally produced gifts, clothing and food. Of particular interest are products made from copper, iron and pottery. In the historic centre are traditional artisan shops producing their wares which reflect the colours of the local ‘’contrada’’ or district.Here you can find not just pottery and coloured tiles, but also exquisitely produced leather goods and clothing plus iron made products.The food shops are a delight for the eyes and the palate ; here you can taste delicious salamis, cheeses and local cakes: almondy ricciarelli, Christmassy panforte and crunchy cantucci biscuits which are perfect dunked in vin santo , a sherry- like liqueur.
Down the centuries , artisans,artists and other craftspeople have got the best from the land , producing their wares from wood, marble, clay ,travertine

SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA
History and spas of this etruscan town

published on02/05/2018 sertion Blog
The town’s origins go back to the Etruscan Age , and today its medieval past is still evident.It lies in the province of Siena along the Via Francigena – the old Pilgrim road from Canterbury to Rome and beyond to Jerusalem. It is close to what is now the Cassia road.
It lies on the higher ground that separates Val d’Orcia from the Val d’Asso in a place with breathtaking scenery.The village developed along one main street which was an attractive location for many shops, artisan workshops and inns.A weekly market helped the local economy thanks also to a Bill passed in 1385 allowing exemption from paying duties and taxes. Along the Via Francigena was the Grange of the Santa Maria della Scale Hospital of Siena which served as an agricultural warehouse , and also as a hospital for the pilgrims.In the 1400’s the town’s defence structure was restored and strengthened more than once.
Many

THREE DIFFERENT RURAL STYLES
Val di Chiana, Val d’Orcia and Maremma

published on02/05/2018 sertion Blog
These three different styles involve the home typology .
The Aretino style usually has a portico and a loggia – a covered outdoor area with arches – whereas the Florentine style has only the portico, whilst the Sienese style is more often than not without the portico. In Val di Chiana and other areas of the Sienese and Aretine Chianti area some homes even have a dovecote.
In the Val d’Orcia ,part of the Siena province and at the foot of Mount Amiata, the countryside is at its most breathtaking; the iconic cypress trees dotting the landscape and lining the dirt tracks leading up to some pretty impressive properties, which in the past were home to wealthy landowners and the peasants who lived in the annex buidings.
In the Maremma area, country homes are more likely to be of the business typology and are more suited to the work of intensive agriculture and cattle raising.
In rural Maremma

THE ORIGINS OF RURAL COUNTRY HOMES
For the farm manager's and the farm workers

published on02/05/2018 sertion Blog
The first rural homes in Tuscany date back to the 1500’s when farming families started living in homes built especially for them. These homes were usually built in pre - existing workers’ cottages ,remote outposts or watchtowers from the Middle Ages and which were then incorporated into the new buildings.
In the 1700’s farming reforms in the Gran Duchy of Tuscany led to the construction of new homes and farms as well as the renovation of older properties. In 1770 Ferdinando Morozzi published a treaty on farmers’ cottages in Tuscany ,giving an important insight into the world of rural homes.
During the 1990’s the phenomenon of urbanisation led to a gradual migration of people from the countryside to the cities and as a result many rural homes fell into a state of abandonment.Fortunately however in the second half of the last century a new surge of interest led to the rediscovery of rural

LIVING LIFE OUTDOORS
How to make the most of your outdoor space

published on02/05/2018 sertion Blog
1. One of the first things you should consider is the actual space you have and then to split it up in a strategic way.You’ll want to think about how you intend to use this space – is it for organising al fresco lunches or dinner parties or is it just for relaxing? – and then divide it up according to your needs.
2. It’s really important to consider the issue of direct sunlight and shade.If our garden has the sun shining on it all day ,then we can probably use it more in the spring and autumn ,but during the long summer months we’ll probably use it more in the evenings.On the other hand, if it is relatively shady we’ll be making the most of it on hot sunny days to keep ourselves cool.
3. If the space is particularly sunny we might want to consider putting up a gazebo or using summer curtains or drapes.
4. If summer entertaining is your thing,try to organise everything within easy

PIENZA : THE IDEAL CITY
In the heart of the Val d'Orcia

published on08/02/2018 sertion Blog
Pienza – a splendid town in the heart of the Val d’Orcia – was given recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1996 . Today it still enjoys recognition for having been the town incoronating the Renaissance utopian ideals of the perfect city.This was due to its superb layout with a logical use of space and splendid buildings and squares.
Pienza was the brain child of Enea Silvio Piccolomini , who became Pope Pius II in 1458. He wanted to give his birthplace a make over and this task was given to Bernardo di Matteo Gambardelli, otherwise known as Il Rossellino, and pupil of the famous architect and scientist Leon Battista Alberti. The work was carried out between 1458 and 1462 in the old hamlet of Corsignano which according to local legend was founded by the soldier Corsino.
The geometrical prospectives, the amazing volume inside the Cathedral and Palazzo Piccolomini ,the

LUXURY FURNISHING
2017 trends

published on08/02/2018 sertion Blog
Blown glass,silk and embroidery are the main protagonists of 2017.A style that regards luxury items as pieces of furniture,where light fittings are in brass,the curtains are in silk and the velvet is jacquard.
In 2017 the trend is for luxury items where tables and chairs become jewels to be admired,the protagonists of rooms,delicate curtains like paintings in a gallery and details that make all the difference.
To furnish a beautiful home,design meets quality craftsmanship creating pieces of furniture which are works of art,one-off pieces that have been made especially for a particular space.
The perfect style for a country home immersed in the Tuscan countryside,impeccably renovated and elegantly furnished, a style that makes all the difference and enhances the owner’s elegance.

COUNTRY HOME FOR SALE IN THE VAL D’ORCIA
Stunning property in Pienza

published on08/02/2018 sertion Blog
The Val d’orcia with its breathtaking scenery is regarded as the symbol of Tuscany and has become one of the most famous and sought –after places in the world to buy a dream home.Today we would like to show you one of the properties we currently have on the market.Let us take you to Pienza,renowned for its extraordinary location as well as its fascinating history.
The property is just outside the town and boasts stunning views over the Val d’Orcia countryside.This spacious home is on two floors and offers plenty of room.Let’s start on the ground floor with the large kitchen complete with fireplace, a dining room and a t.v. room There is also another living room with a fireplace and a games room with snooker table.
Going up to the first floor and we have another spacious living room with a fireplace and four double bedrooms.The property is immersed in a stunning garden with trees and

LUXURY VILLA IN MONTEPULCIANO
Buying a Tuscan villa

published on08/02/2018 sertion Blog
Today we want to introduce you to a stunning luxury villa on sale in Montepulciano – La Limonaia.It isn’t far from the historical centre of this attractive Tuscan town famous all over the world for its architecture and its wine.This villa is about 1000 sq metres, immersed in fabulous parkland and enjoys a gorgeous view.Let’s start our virtual tour on the ground floor with the triple living room with glorious stone arches and two beautiful fireplaces.From here you can access the garden with its view of Montepulciano.On this floor there is also a dining room, a spacious kitchen , a pantry and another small living room with a fireplace and vaulted ceilings.A travertine stone staircase leads up to the first floor with its seven bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.On the second floor there is the loft space with further bedrooms plus a bathroom and study located in the characteristic tower and

Incentivi per il recupero dei casali
Una proposta di legge per il recupero dei ruderi

published on06/02/2018 sertion Blog
The region of Tuscany gives financial aid to those wishing to renovate abandoned country homes in rural areas.This was laid out in a law approved by the regional government in Tuscany and aimed at avoiding using new land to build when older properties could be renovated.
The President of the Tuscany region says: ‘’ Protecting our countryside means both not building indiscriminately and both renovating the many splendid properties that are part of our architectural heritage in the countryside, which we often see in abandoned conditions.The aim of this law is to encourage people to carry out renovation and reconstruction work on these abandoned properties and by doing so avoid using new land,. This is not to be applied in those places which are at a higher hydraulic or geomorphic risk.’’
The regional councillor for the landscape Vincenzo Ceccarelli adds: ‘’With this law we can establish

THE MAGIC OF BAGNO VIGNONI
A medieval village

published on05/02/2018 sertion Blog
The medieval hamlet is characterised by a group of houses and a huge thermal pool occupying its main square.This is all that remains of the castle belonging to the Amerighi family that already existed in the eleventh century ad.
Today all that remains of the castle Vignoni Alto dominates the ridge overlooking the village.Bagno Vignoni lies 3 kilometres to the south of San Quirco d’Orcia and boasts some of the best views over the surrounding countryside including the nearby village of Rocca d’Orcia with its splendid fortress, once a castle belonging to the Aldobrandeschi family.
Bagno Vignoni is famous for its thermal springs with 52 ° water. The alkaline water is rich in bicarbonate, sulphate, calcium and carbonate properties, making it ideal for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, neuralgia and neurite.The thermal water was used by the Romans, and later by Pope Pius II and Lorenzo

PIENZA : THE IDEAL CITY
In the heart of the Val d'Orcia

published on05/02/2018 sertion Blog
Pienza – a splendid town in the heart of the Val d’Orcia – was given recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1996 . Today it still enjoys recognition for having been the town incoronating the Renaissance utopian ideals of the perfect city.This was due to its superb layout with a logical use of space and splendid buildings and squares.
Pienza was the brain child of Enea Silvio Piccolomini , who became Pope Pius II in 1458. He wanted to give his birthplace a make over and this task was given to Bernardo di Matteo Gambardelli, otherwise known as Il Rossellino, and pupil of the famous architect and scientist Leon Battista Alberti. The work was carried out between 1458 and 1462 in the old hamlet of Corsignano which according to local legend was founded by the soldier Corsino.
The geometrical prospectives, the amazing volume inside the Cathedral and Palazzo Piccolomini ,the

THE BECKHAM'S NEW FAMILY HOME
It could have 123 rooms

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
They are admired and worshipped like gods and everything they do ,even buying a home ,becomes news.According to some reports in the American press,David and Victoria Beckham have set their sights on a luxury villa in Los Angeles with 123 rooms and a selling price of 22 million dollars.Besides the already existing tennis court and swimming pool,the couple would love to add a cat walk area where Victoria’s latest designs can be modelled as well as adding plenty of special areas for their kids and their friends,including a dance studio for little Harper and a recording studio for Cruz ,who at the age of 11 has already released a single.
There is no need to go abroad to find such magnificent homes - Italy can also boast properties worthy of a king!The historical residence La Fortezza is one example. This perfectly renovated country home is nestling in the hills with spectacular views of San

BRIGHT THE BEDROOM
Bedroom trends

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
It may not be the room in the house where we spend most of our time,but the bedroom has to be one of the most important rooms in the house.It’s where we start our days, and it’s the last place we see before we close our eyes at night.For this reason,it needs to be welcoming,elegant and airy.
Choosing the lighting for the bedroom isn’t an easy task;it should strike the balance between being functional and atmospheric.The colour of the walls is important as is the position of the furniture,depending on the direction of natural light.It’s better not to choose white walls,but go for pastel shades such as light blue or green.If you’re lucky enough to live in a traditional country home with original stone walls, go with the trend to leave part of the stone walls visible.
If you have a spacious bedroom,you could try placing the bed in the centre of the room and then adding floor lamps around the

ARABS BUY SAMMEZZANO CASTLE
15 million dollar auction

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
The Dubai Helitrope company were the declared winners of the auction for the spectacular castle of Sammezzano (FI) with their successful bid of 15,4 million euros.This stunning castle is in Leccio,in the district of Reggello ,Florence.It has been in a state of disrepair for a number of years, and the search for a potential buyer with an eye to restoring this property to its former glory has been on- going for quite a while.
This 18th century Moor –inspired castle, which used to belong to the Ximenes D’Aragona family,boasts splendid mosaics and domed ceilings with intersecting arches .It was Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes D’Aragona himself in the second part of the 1800’s who transformed the already existing building into what it is today,following the fashion of that period for oriental –style design.At the end of the 1990’s an Italo English company set their sights on it with plans to

THE 8 BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN TUSCANY
Living in a small Tuscan village

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
There are so many people who decide to give up life in the city for a slower pace of life in the country,surrounded by nature.Whatever the reason, Tuscany can offer so many picturesque hamlets where you can live the dream and find true peace and quiet.Let’s look at some of these together.
1. Montepulciano , home to Nobile red wine, this quintessential Tuscan town welcomes visitors from all over the world who appreciate the busy calender of cultural events that the town offers.
2. If ancient history is your thing ,then Chiusi is just the place for you.In its narrow streets you can still feel the presence of the Etruscan people.
3. Chianciano Terme,famous for its thermal spas and its old quarter with stunning views over the surrounding hills.
4. If you’re a fan of thermal spas, then San Casciano dei Bagni could be the place you’re looking for.As well as the renowned spa resort, you can

BUYING A HOME IN THE VAL D’ORCIA
The Val d’Orcia attracts home buyers from all over the world.

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
Economic crisis or not, those who are looking to buy a stunning country home usually think of Tuscany ,or more precisely the stunning area in the south of the province of Siena known all over the world for its breathtaking countryside .We are talking about the Val d’Orcia.
There is an ever –increasing number of foreigners who choose to leave their homeland and pursue a life -long dream of buying a property in this much sought- after part of the world, to use either as a holiday home or to open a hotel.
The Val d’Orcia is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the following reasons:
● The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional example of how the natural landscape was used in the Renaissance period to reflect the principles of “good government” and at the same time to create an asthetic model.
● The countryside of the Val d’Orcia was adored by painters of the Sienese school which bloomed

HOMES FROM THE MOVIES
The best places

published on17/06/2017 sertion Blog
How many of you have watched a movie and dreamed of being able to actually see that particular villa or elegantly furnished appartment or of strolling through the garden?This is quite natural as the actual setting is a fundamental part of the film and at times it just stays in our hearts.Here are some properties that have also made cinema history.
In the province of Viterbo we have the house that appeared in the film ‘’Le meraviglie’’ by Alice Rohrwacher, which won the Grand Prix special jury prize at the Cannes film festival in 2014.In Cortina d’Ampezzo there is the villa which was made famous twice over,firstly in the 1963 film ‘’The Pink Panther’’ starring David Niven and Peter Sellers ,and once again in 1981 in the unforgettable Bond movie ‘’For your eyes only’’ starring the recently departed Roger Moore in the role of the of the most famous secret agents in the U.K. and starring
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