Tuscan cuisine

It is time for asparagus. White, green, purple, cultivated or wild, until the end of June asparagus push up through the earth for the happiness of the gourmets.

Famous since antiquity for their medicinal properties, diuretic, depurative, rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and B & C vitamins.

They need to be picked up as soon as the appear on the surface of the ground, otherwise they become woody.

Asparagus does not need to be cooked in a complicated way. In Tuscany we often use the green ones which are very tasty and slightly bitter, the countryside is also full of the thin and dark wild ones. "Nella" is the butcher of our village but also one of the best cooks. She gave us to simple recipes usually prepared in Tuscan homes.


- Cut 100grs of "pancetta" (bacon) in small pieces and put it fry lightly in a large pan with some olive oil and a clove of garlic.

- At the same time boil 1 lt. of water with 1 stock cube or fresh vegetable broth.

- When the pancetta is fried enough add 400 gr. of trimmed asparagus for few minutes (2-3 minutes is enough).

- Add to the pancetta and asparagus 300 gr. (medium) of rice, stir for 2/3 minutes (you can add half glass of white wine, cook for 2/3 minutes more).

- When the rice becomes transparent add the broth with one ladleful at a time and continue stirring. As soon as the broth is evaporated, repeat this operation that will take 20 to 25 minutes. the important thing is not to stop stirring as this releases the starch from the rice.

- When the rice is cooked grate some "parmiggiano", you can also add a little fresh parsley, stir and it is ready to be served.


- Fry trimmed asparagus in butter for few minutes add salt and pepper.

- break the eggs over the asparagus, finish cooking everything in the oven.

- You can grate over some "parmiggiano" before eating. If you want other Tuscan, Italian or other delicious recipes, just click on "A TAVOLA" where Rebecca could also answer any requests.

Borgo di Bucine

Borgo di Bucine

Borgo di Bucine is a perfect Tuscan holiday destination, only 40 minutes from both Florence and Siena but immersed in the tranquil beauty of a typical rural setting. Family owned and managed, this property has been tastefully restored and outfitted to provide every thing necessary for a perfect holiday.

The property has always been the country seat of a noble family and still to this day produces fine wines and olive oil. At the turn of the 19th century the owner decided he needed a more modern residence befitting his station and contracted Coppede to design a very imposing and regal castle like mansion in full flung liberty style.

This magnificent and very amusing structure dominates the landscape in the most delightful way, making Borgo di Bucine quite unique in the area. The original 16th century noble villa and the farm buildings involving wine and olive oil production are still intact. They can be seen nestling along the drive way that leads to the apartment complex.

An elegant restaurant serves breakfast daily and dinner three times a week, special diets can be catered to upon request.

There are 11 apartments and 5 bedroom suites above the main reception. They have been restored from a small complete village that once provided housing for the estate workers and peasants. Each apartment is provided with conditioned air in the bedrooms, independent heating system, telephone, satellite television (two English stations), kitchen or cooking corner, LCD Tv 26” in the apartments for 2 people and tv 32” in the apartments for 4-6 people. The Internet Wi-Fi connection is free in all the common spaces (hall, bar, restaurant terrace), so you will be always connected to the world from a privileged position.


The pool (20 x 8 meters) is in it’s own garden. It is well furnished with tables, chairs, umbrellas and sun lounges and several charming wrought iron pagodas that are in keeping with the architectural style of the main villa. From the pool one can see vine yards, olive groves, natural wooded areas and some distant medieval villages, the landscape has remained virtually unchanged over the course of the centuries.
The gardens abound with rose beds, lavender hedges, geraniums in pots and acres ofimmaculately mown rolling lawns. The property is approached by a regal avenue of ancient Cyprus trees.
If you are looking for a venue for an important anniversary, an exclusive party or to celebrate your wedding, the Borgo di Bucine offers its garden and the Country House to make your events unforgettable.
The borgo offers to its guests bikes for excursions in the surroundings. Don't miss the chance to pedal into unpolluted nature and breathe the air of Chianti hills.

Property facilities

Chianti area
Nearest town: 
Bucine 5 km
N. of apartments: 
Max guests: 
from 2 to 6
Swimming pool
Air conditioning

Apartments in Borgo di Bucine Farmhouse