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A chef at home, in your house in Chianti!

Chiantishire

Chianti is located in the heart of Tuscany, between the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo that mark the eastern border of the Chianti region with Valdarno and Val di Chiana. All the art cities of your dreams are right next door!


A house in Chianti’s heart, among the rolling green hills and olive trees is your dream? Don’t you think your dream it would be even better if – while you’re sipping a glass of Castello di Ama (one of the best wines of the area) – a chef in your kitchen is cooking a delicious dinner for you and your friends or family?
Yes. I know what you’re thinking. Who does not dream of such a thing? I’m sure it will cost me an arm and a leg!
It is not always the case. In the Chianti area and Florence, in recent years, they were born many chef services at home. Whether it’s cooking classes or dinners and lunches, there are very affordable occasions. The quality of services of cooking at home are almost all excellent, but not everyone can offer the quality of Joshi & Anita‘s Chianticooking.com. They are Tuscan Feeling‘s dear friends since many years, and the excellent level of their cuisine is truly unbeatable.
Joshi is a German chef with a Michelin Star, who runned for year a Restaurant in Munich. He founded his cooking school in 1988 in Tuscany and have given cooking seminars for adults, children and Professional Chefs. Anita is English and spent more than 25 years working in Hotels & Restaurants. Before coming in Chianti, she managed an Italian Restaurant in Germany for 10 years and have been bringing clients since 1988 to the Chianti area for ‘cooking vacations’. They are the best combination between taste, experience and efficiency you can find in Chianti, if you are looking for a ‘chef at home’.
Not all travelers in Chianti choose a chef at home, they can boast of having had a chef with a Michelin star! And also, given the great sympathy and Anita & Joshi, an evening with them will be absolutely unforgettable.
Are you thinking that a German Man and an English woman not know the Tuscan cuisine?
You are really making a big mistake! Joshi and Anita are connoisseurs of forgotten recipes and first quality food. Meat, wine, vegetables and cooking methods that only the experts know, are the salt of their lives.
Even Joshi and Anita, as many travelers from all over the world have visited the Chianti a long time ago and decided to come here to live. Rural or Farmhouse, Villa or Apartment, in Tuscany you can buy the house of your dreams to live or make a good investment. In alternative, you can just rent an apartment, or whatever you want, to visit a place that combines culture and landscape in a unique and magical combination. The Chianti is located in the heart of Tuscany, between the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo that mark the eastern border of the Chianti region with Valdarno and Val di Chiana. All the art cities of your dreams are right next door.
However, it is the same magic of Chianti to capture the love of visitors and travelers. Countries such as Greve in Chianti, Radda, San Casciano Val di Pesa and small villages around places to get lost and spend unforgettable moments. Walk the roads of wine, taste delicious meats and cheeses, visit Romanesque churches or the Renaissance, enjoy the colors of a fifteenth-century fresco or relaxing in the sun are just some of the many things you can do. Sports, fishing, horse riding and workshops to learn how to cook, decorate ceramics, do creative writing or painting landscapes are some of the deals between the experiences that you live, when you have your villa or apartment.
If you look, though, a dinner at your home and you want the maximum, in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, consider Joshi and Anita!

If you want to enjoy Chianti, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apartment Cassero – 85sqm in San Casciano Val di Pesa – Ground Floor – for 4 persons

Cassero

Apartment Cassero – 85sqm in San Casciano Val di Pesa – Ground Floor – for 4 persons

Rural House Fonteviva – 400sqm near Certaldo – Ground & First floor – for 10 persons

Fonteviva

400sqm near Certaldo – Ground & First floor – for 10 persons

Farmhouse Petrognano – 200sqm between Certaldo and Barberino Val d’Elsa – 1/2 floor – for 4 persons

Petrognano

200sqm between Certaldo and Barberino Val d’Elsa – 1/2 floor – for 4 persons

Rural House Morrocco - 170 sqm near Tavarnelle – Ground & First floor – for 6 persons

Morrocco

170 sqm near Tavarnelle – Ground & First floor – for 6 persons

Discover the Mercato Centrale! Fruit, vegetables, meat, delicacies, culture and new trends.

Mercato Centrale Apartments

The Main Hall of the Mercato Centrale in Florence.

If you have the chance to live near Piazza Duomo or the wonderful Central Market, you’re really lucky.
You do not have to worry about where you buy your meal, spending hours to find exclusive and special foods and what to do in the evening. The new Mercato Centrale will be, for you, the perfect place to shop, eat a snack, drink a glass of wine and listen to live music, deciding which shows or museum to choose for the next day. Tuscan Feeling offers many apartments in that area, in the heart of the historic center of Florence, for long and short rentals (www.tuscanfeeling.com). Living in this area, with your own apartment, is truly an unforgettable experience, because you will have all the freedom to live exactly as the Florentines themselves.

The multi colored Mercato Centrale (http://www.mercatocentrale.it/) is located between Florence via dell’Ariento, via Sant’Antonino and via Panicale. It was one of the major buildings of the reconstruction’s period; when Florence was the capital of Italy, in the late nineteenth century. To build the covered market was necessary to destroy an entire city block, which stood in a maze of narrow streets, ancient but rather unhealthy. The area came out haggard, but beautified and ennobled. Florence, in fact, needed a covered market of new concept, as well as those that already had risen in many European capitals, such as London, Paris, Budapest or Vienna.

The architect was Giuseppe Mengoni (1870-1874), who designed the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. He took inspiration by the market of Les Halles in Paris. The result was remarkable, especially for the time, with the use of modern materials, such as iron, glass and cast iron. All around the market, Mengoni designed a loggia, composed of 10 arches in classic style on each side, with slender columns of stone. The inauguration took place in 1874 with the International Exhibition of Agriculture.

It was a success from the start! The city felt projected into modernity. The spaces inside were occupied by the best shops in Florence. Fresh meat, quality fruits and vegetables, bakeries, delicacies shops and small places for drinking a glass of good wine, were the goods that people can find there, once upon a time. There was no family, who lived in the old town, which did not do their own costs there. Over time, two world wars, the reconstruction and the arrival of supermarkets and big malls, the Central Market became obsolete and poorly attended. Inside, the shops lost their function of serving the common people and became progressively a showcase for tourists, with excellent products, but not crowded. The top floor of the market, with the closure of a number of shops, was closed in the late nineties. In 2014, however, it was re-opened on the first floor of the complex, with a number of restaurants and activities, which re-launched the Mercato Centrale as the center of attraction for the Florentines, foodies and tourists. Exclusive restaurants, local appetizers, great places for snacks, live music and cultural events, are the ingredients for the rebirth of a truly innovative space.

The market now is crowded again, but service times of shops and eateries are really very fast. It is a very special stage for those who visit Florence, which combines speed and good food: from tasty hamburger of ‘Chianina’ meat, delicious vegetarian menus, excellent fish dishes and a lot of pasta, that you can choose. At the time of the ‘apertivo’, it is the best place in Florence to spend some time with friends, choosing a glass of fine wine, tasty Italian craft beers or a glass of Spritz. Perhaps with even a bit ‘of live music: jazz, blues, classical or some local indie band. A place to love and to live at any time of day!

If you want to live in the nearby of the Mercato Centrale, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. CAROLINA – 65 m2 – 1st floor – for 4 persons

Apartment Carolina

Apartment Carolina

Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor – for 3 persons

Lorenzo Apartment

Lorenzo Apartment

If you love the area, and you are looking for a great apartment to buy in the nearby, Tuscan Feeling suggests:

Apt. STUFA – 60 m2 – 3rd floor – for 3 persons

Stufa Apartment

Stufa Apartment