What’s Cookin’ in Siena Italy?

Scene of the race on the Piazza del Campo
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Piazza del Campo with Palazzo Pubblico and Tor...

Piazza del Campo with Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia, town of Siena, Tuscany/Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loggia of the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del C...

Loggia of the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loggia of the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del C...

Loggia of the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Courtyard

The Courtyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia in Piazz...

Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia in Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vin Santo e Cantucci in Milan, Italy.

English: Vin Santo e Cantucci in Milan, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo in Siena,...

Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Façade of the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) dur...

Façade of the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) during the Palio days. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thousands of spectators, coming from all the w...

Thousands of spectators, coming from all the world, fill the Piazza del Campo to capacity on the day of the Palio di Siena (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Siena’s yellowish-brown buildings are the embodiment of a gothic medieval city.  Her golden age came to a screeching halt with the plague called the Black Death of 1348.  Enlightened travelers will love this charming city in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone about 21 miles south of Florence.

Siena is the birthplace of Saint Catherine (1347), the patron saint of Italy. She received the stigmata at Pisa and the mortal remains of her head are housed in the Basilica of San Domenico.

The shell-shaped brick Piazza del Campo is one of Italy’s most triumphant piazzas, large enough to feature a medieval semi-annual 350-year-old summer bareback horse race called the “Palio delle Contrade.”  The victor of the Palio celebrates with a massive town dinner (cena). Sometimes the horse wins without a jockey. The piazza’s surface is divided into nine segments by colored paving stones, symbolizing Siena’a original Council of Nine. Their members governed the city in her medieval heyday.  The council met at the Palazzo Pubblico.

Throughout the centuries the residents preserved their city’s gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries.

Fountain in Siena Italy

Fountain in Siena Italy

Siena Duomo in Italy

Siena Duomo in Italy

Siena Italy

Siena Italy

Recently, I took a cooking class at La Scuola di Cucina di Lella Cesare Ciampoi on Via Fonrebranda, 69.

Lella taught me how to make Cantucci cookies, a Tuscan biscuit that they dunk in Vin Santo. Here’s the recipe:

400 gr. Flour, 250 gr. Sugar, 150 gr. Shelled Almonds, 3 eggs, 3 yolks, Baking Powder, Orange Essence and salt.

Whip 2 eggs and 3 yolks with sugar. Add flour, baking powder, some drops of orange essence and some salt. Lightly roast the almonds and when they cool, add them to the pastry dough. Roll the dough into a log. Place them into a buttered  cookie sheet with a light dusting of flour and brush with whipped egg. Bake for 15 minutes. Cut baked cookie log into biscoti and rebake for 10 minutes.   Enjoy!! To learn more about Tuscany visit www.vino-con-vista.com and

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