Siena, city of food and traditions
There’s no need to tell you about the city of Siena and its marvellous art and cultural treasures, there’s plenty of explanations everywhere; we’d rather prefer telling you what you may enjoy if you choose to spend your vacation in a farmhouse in the province of Siena (farmhouses are usually the best locations for appreciating local specialities).
Almost everyone knows that Siena is the home to many DOC and DOCG wines of Tuscany, being part of Chianti territory (just bear in mind that Montalcino, where the famous Brunello is produced, is located in the province of Siena), and food specialities, but do you know why this city is so rich in food traditions? Well, most of its typical dishes date back to ancient times, to Middle Age to be more precise, when Siena was one of the most important stops along the Via Francigena, the route that pilgrims headed to Rome or Canterbury used to travel. Going back to that times, there are pici, typical handmade pasta, usually eaten with ragù sauce, ribollita, a Tuscan soup made with bread and vegetables, so called beacuse people used to reboil and reboil the leftover soup from previous days. All those typical dishes are poor, according to the Tuscan rural tradition, and so easily prepared for all those pilgrims stopping in Siena during their travel.
And what about Siena typical cakes? You’ve surely already tried (or, at least, heard about) panforte, panpepato, ricciarelli and cavallucci, commonly consumed during Christmas times all over Tuscany... If you still don’t have tried those traditional cakes... What are you waiting for?
And finally...the dessert! Is tiramisù from Veneto or...Tuscany?
Do you know anything about the origin of tiramisù, an Italian delicious cake? There’re some debates, it’s creation is commonly attributed to some confectioners from Veneto, but it is also said that it may have originated in the city of Siena, claiming the invention in honour of Cosimo III and his visit to the city. Anyhow, it’s utterly tasty!!