The elderberry bush, or sambuco as it is called in Italy, is an indigenous plant that grows spontaneously all over the country, but it is not very well known. Elderflower syrup is used mostly in central and northern European countries, while in Italy, sambuco is more commonly associated with the distinctive anise flavour of Sambuco […]


Artichokes fields are one of the most distinguishing characteristics of the Chianti landscape: on terraced land, flanking roads and on the crest of drystone walls, these magnificent verdant plants with their large silver-tinged green leaves, can be seen everywhere in spring. A true delicacy, in Tuscany the artichoke is eaten preserved in oil, as a […]


La Pensione: the classic, traditional Italian hotel’s name – quite the contrary: this Pensione is irreverent and colourful. Soft colours, relaxed lines and linear furnishing characterise the 19 rooms of the hotel in the heart of Panzano in Chianti.   THE HOTEL The literary inspiration behind the “La Pensione” project is Boccaccio’s Decameron: a collection […]