Farm to table at Spannocchia

Rachel Green

CHIUSDINO, Italy – Upon our arrival on Saturday to Spannocchia, a 1100 acre self-sustaining farm estate in the Tuscan countryside, our group was met with a classic Italian family style lunch.
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Spaghetti, salad, bread and potatoes were accompanied by the peaceful silence of the countryside, a polar opposite change from the bustling city life we had grown accustomed to in Florence the past three weeks.

Over the next week at Spannocchia, we will be learning of the farm’s history and sustainable agriculture practices. We will be eating meals prepared with ingredients grown in the expansive vegetable garden, vineyard and animal housing units.

The Spannocchia property was built in the 1100’s and was a large farm tended to by sharecroppers. It has since then been expanded and modernized but still holds many traditions of Tuscan farm culture.

With spectacular views and large family style dinners that carry on the tradition of the property, it is sure to be a week to remember.

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