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Damiano does karaoke... italian style.

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Accountant by day and entertainer by night!

Everyone loves our host at Montestigliano – Damiano Donati on our Singing in Siena and Italy events!



Art. Food. Relax. ITs Italy

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During my 3 month stint in Florence earlier this year I had the pleasure to meet some extraordinary local artists and artisans. Apart from gaining some great new friends, I was thoroughly inspired to pursue an art journey of a difference in Tuscany.

Stay tuned because we have some exciting programmes coming up in 2018 and 2019 with inspiring teachers from around the world.  We’ll be offering painting and drawing courses and exploring the seldom discussed, but exciting contemporary art scene and hidden treasures of this area. We’ll be welcomed into studios of outstanding local artists, we'll explore sculpture parks, museums and beautiful sites for both architectural and landscape drawing. 

There will be time to relax in the countryside, explore prized vineyards in the Chianti and Brunello regions, eat and cook delicious produce, pick olives and walk some quiet ancient cypress lined roads and drink up the beauty of this region and beyond. It is Italy!

A few more images from Florence and glimpses inside some local artists' studios. 

If you would love to bring out your artistic flair in one of the most picturesque and historical regions in Europe, let us know. 

Dates, Venues, Programme and Prices are coming soon.

Contact us with any questions and interests about these trips now >>

Marco's 60 Italian Hand Gestures

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One of my favorite Italian lessons...a little gesticulation goes a long way.

I'm gonna Let it Shine

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A little fun from our 'Flash Mob' during Singing in Siena this year! Eric Dozier and the singers from Singing in Siena, 2015 plus 'a special guest dancer' in the middle.

We are looking forward to some singing and fun with Eric this year in Palazzo Donati and with the village of Mercatello sul Metauro. Read More>>

Feeling Greedy today!

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Sitting down watching two of my all time favorite cooking heroes- Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo !

Bella Ciao!!

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Anyone who has participated in our Singing in Tuscany or Singing in Siena events over the years would appreciate Bella Ciao.We have had the pleasure of singing it with Kavisha Mazzella, Rachel Hore, Riccardo Tesi and Ginevra di Marco plus of course Paolo Turchi and friends at Casa Gialla and unforgettable performances by Damiano Donati at Montestigliano!

Bella Ciao is historically known as the show which marked the startup of Italian Folk revival.   

Now these legends in Italian Folk music are making a 50yrs anniversary album.

Lucilla Galeazzi - vocals

Elena Ledda - vocals,

Ginevra Di Marco - vocals

Alessio Lega - vocals, guitar

Andrea Salvadori - guitar, tzouras, armonium, arrangements

Gigi Biolcati - percussions, vocals

Riccardo Tesi - button accordion, arrangements, musical direction

Go to MusicRaiser to support this important project>>

Rehearsal of 'Lilly in the Valley' with Tony Backhouse

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A final rehearsal of 'Lilly in the Valley' at Montestigliano before they gave it out to the waiting audience of 200+ gypsies and local Tuscan's. They shared the stage with Ginevra di Marco and her band. A truly wonderful night.

 Don't they all look gorgeous?

Tony joins us again for a wonderful week in Italy, check out the deets

Singing in Siena with Paolo Tesi

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Our week with Paolo Tiziano Tesi is shaping up to be a fun time for all music, walking and food lovers. This year will be a small group of people who love to sing and it will be equally good for people who just love listening to music and walking along the medieval roads in Tuscany. It is always suitable for people who love food and cooking classes will be available for anyone wanting to do that.

This is a little clip from Paolo rehearsing with our large group last year and you can read up about the week here on this link button below.

Anna's Risotto with Radicchio and Gorgonzola

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One of my favorite recipe's from Anna our cook at Montestigliano for you to try.

RISOTTO CON RADICCHIO E GORGONZOLA 

Ingredients

100g butter
1 onion
1 radicchio
125g gorgonzola
1.5litres of vegetable stock
Olive oil, salt, pepper
250g aborio rice

Preparation

Heat oil and add finely chopped onion and radicchio, saute on a gentle heat. 

Add a little stock, salt, pepper, simmer until vegetables are almost a sauce.  Blend in the gorgonzola.

Melt butter in pan, add rice and cook 1 minute, add stock gradually and stir until rice is al dente.
Blend through the radicchio sauce.

Add parmesan to serve.

We will be adding more recipes to blog so stay tuned.

Join us for Cooking at the Source for a week of cooking and a hilarious good natured local festa with the Donati family or Singing in Siena this year to meet up with Anna and learn direct from the source.