Plinius Magazine

Free like Oscar
Architecture

Free like Oscar

"Architecture consists of dream, imagination, curves and empty spaces."

Casunziei’ dumplings
Recipe

Casunziei’ dumplings

The culinary tradition of the Camelico is based on alpine farming. Each village in the valley has at least one restaurant with its own specialties and traditions.

A secret, tiny mountain village
Culture

A secret, tiny mountain village

In the very high Cadore, on the border between South Tyrol and Austria, lies the Val Comelico, a valley as small as it is enchanting.

Pollo alla cacciatora (Hunter's chicken)
Recipe

Pollo alla cacciatora (Hunter's chicken)

Today it is snowing in Pienza which calls for one of my favourite winter dishes. “This beautiful chicken cacciatore simply bubbles away in the oven, making it perfect for gatherings ”

In conversation with the hosts of Ceda M
Culture

In conversation with the hosts of Ceda M

A respectful approach to history, the challenges of rebuilding, and what it is like to be immersed in a world far away from the crowds

Artists X Carma X Climate Change
Art

Artists X Carma X Climate Change

Three important international artists have produce exclusive art pieces focused on Climate change

Ospitalità Diffusa
Architecture

Ospitalità Diffusa

Guests become part of daily life, by discovering the rhythm, the times of work and rest as well as the way of life in the mountains together with the inhabitants.

A vine romance
Wine

A vine romance

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking forward together in the same direction" Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A Winter Treat
Recipe

A Winter Treat

One of the unique features of panforte is its rich history. It is said to have originated in the Middle Ages as a medicinal treat that was believed to have health benefits.

Paolo e Noemia d’Amico
Wine

Paolo e Noemia d’Amico

A couple’s dream of wine, art and hospitality. A unique project, a wine-tasting here is a must!

Chocolate and Orange Panettone Recipe
Recipe

Chocolate and Orange Panettone Recipe

Panettone is an Italian Sweetbread, originally from Milan, and enjoyed at Christmas and New Year. The beginnings of this cake appear to date from the Roman Empire.

Because I am worthless...
Art

Because I am worthless...

Villa Tirrena is a remarkable property to visit, made even more extraordinary by what you'll find in its gardens.

Tagliatelle with Gorgonzola, radicchio, figs and hazelnuts from Piedmont

Tagliatelle with Gorgonzola, radicchio, figs and hazelnuts from Piedmont

Tagliatelle with Gorgonzola, radicchio, figs and hazelnuts from Piedmont

A bit of an Italian celebrity
Culinary Highlights

A bit of an Italian celebrity

“La Dolce vita di David Rocco”, "Hells Kitchen - Italia" and growing up with grandmother Marisa.

The best places for an authentic neapolitan pizza in Rome
Culinary Highlights

The best places for an authentic neapolitan pizza in Rome

The best spots for an authentic Neapolitan pizza in Rome

The Italian art of the aperitivo
Recipe

The Italian art of the aperitivo

5 Classic Italian Cocktails: Laurini A'rbei, Negroni, Aperol Spritz, Bellini, Classic Martini

Ottolenghi's Burrata With Grilled Grapes & Basil
Recipe

Ottolenghi's Burrata With Grilled Grapes & Basil

Here, sweet red grapes are skewered and grilled—a method that is as simple as it is impressive.

Special Umbria
Culture

Special Umbria

World traveller, Umbria expert and Spello local, Andrea Flalkner let's you into the secrets of Umbria

 Spaghetti alla puttanesca
Recipe

 Spaghetti alla puttanesca

What does the name refer to, and why? The secrets of a good Puttanesca

Growing up with a famous sibling…
Culture Village

Growing up with a famous sibling…

What is it like when you grown up with a famous sibling? This is what happened to Spello, the little sister of Assisi

Horizontal metaphors amidst an archaic landscape
Architecture

Horizontal metaphors amidst an archaic landscape

The Maremma, the unspoilt, wild south of Tuscany is a hidden gem. The Maremma house is state-of-the-art architecture on this magnificent spot.

Tuscan Gems
Village Culture

Tuscan Gems

A few of our favourite villages near Invidia that are definitely worth a visit. Take a bicycle, vintage scooter or Fiat500 and set off along the Tuscan country lanes

Truffel hunting
Activity

Truffel hunting

Nico the truffle hunter from Montisi, a skill he learned from his grand-father and hopes to pass on to his own children.

Abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Culture

Abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore

The abbey is still in use by the silent monks, dressed in white robes who live here

Tuscan Chef in a Little Kitchen

Tuscan Chef in a Little Kitchen

The best cooking classes with Alessandro Piccinini, in Montisi, a very pretty medieval hill top village near Podere Invidia

Bagni San Filippo
Activity

Bagni San Filippo

These hot springs are among the insider tips of Siena region, far away from mass tourism

Bagno Vignoni
Village

Bagno Vignoni

Mystical atmosphere in the cooler months when this gorgeous square is often bathed in mist as the hot air from the pools rises

The hidden secret of Montepulciano
Village Culinary Highlights Culture Wine

The hidden secret of Montepulciano

The hilltop village is honeycombed with tunnels and cantine where the vino nobile is made and stored in barrels and bottles.

Truffle Pasta
Recipe

Truffle Pasta

Autumn in Tuscany is magical! The vineyards turn thousands of different colors and truffle season is in full swing!

Emma Children's Hospital
Other

Emma Children's Hospital

It's very special to be of significance to Emma Children's Hospital. Plinius is proud to contribute to the EmmaNext.gala next Friday by making available a luxurious stay in one of our Villa in Tuscany

The two sisters
Beach

The two sisters

A great day at the beach, the seaside town of Sirolo is beautiful.

It was never meant to be beautiful
Culture

It was never meant to be beautiful

A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden; Parco dei Monstri - The Monsters of Bomarzo

Le migliori polpette di tonno
Recipe

Le migliori polpette di tonno

A delicious Sicilian dish. Made with fresh fish, herbs and spices, these tuna meatballs are even better then the meaty version ”

Tapping into Green Gold
Culture

Tapping into Green Gold

Autumn is one of the most exciting and unforgettable times of the year to visit Tuscany. Harvest season is in full swing which means new wine and olive oil tasting, and the hunt for winter white truffles begins.

Fig Salad with marinated mozzarella
Recipe

Fig Salad with marinated mozzarella

Salad of figs with marinated buffalo mozzarella, mint and fig. A delicious starter especially in Fig season in September Italy

A traditional recipe from Piedmont
Culinary Highlights

A traditional recipe from Piedmont

Recipe for Agnelotti del Plin from Eataly. Atypical Piedmontese dish

It's funny how life works out....
Culture Sustainability

It's funny how life works out....

It was a life long dream of one woman, my mother, Francesca Bevilacque

L'Eroica
Sports

L'Eroica

Unique cycling event in Tuscany; Vintage bicycles, Retro outfits & Strada Bianca.

6 Simple Ways to Go Green
Sustainability

6 Simple Ways to Go Green

How to set up a more Sustainable Holiday Rental business in an easy, practical and affordable way.

The Pope and La Bandita...
Culture Culinary Highlights

The Pope and La Bandita...

Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II and his “utopian” town; Pienza

"Il Conte Matto"
Culinary Highlights

"Il Conte Matto"

Excellent Slow-food restaurant in the castle’s 14C hunting lodge

Orecchiette with roasted tomatoes and stracciatella cheese.
Recipe

Orecchiette with roasted tomatoes and stracciatella cheese.

Super Simple & Delicious!⁠ One of our favorite recipes of Mimi Thorisson from her new cookbook

Italy Food Markets
Culture

Italy Food Markets

15 Authentic Italy Food Markets You Absolutely Have to Visit!

Podere Alberese
Wine

Podere Alberese

The exceptional women of Podere Alberese: Award-wining wine, Art & Poetry in the heart of Tuscany.

Classic recipe for Cacio e Pepe
Recipe

Classic recipe for Cacio e Pepe

The classic Italian recipe for Cacio e Pepe from Mimi Thorisson's old world Italian

Greatest Italian Movies
Culture

Greatest Italian Movies

Captivating Italian movies to watch. The Plinius movie list: 50 Greatest Italian Movies of all time!

Vintage Fiat 500
Activity

Vintage Fiat 500

Rent a vintage Fiat 500 or Vespa Scooter and enjoy the Tuscan Countryside. Combine it with a nice lunch in Monticchiello or bring a picnic and find the perfect spot

Fattoria San Martino
Culinary Highlights

Fattoria San Martino

A rural, tranquil and beautiful Italian guest house; The small and very charming Fattoria San Martino, just outside the city walls of Montepulciano

Castello di Ama
Art Culinary Highlights Wine

Castello di Ama

Wine, Art, Hospitality. Castello di Ama is located in a medieval hilltop town just north of Siena in Chianti, this winery feels like a fairytale. Art by by international artists: a.o Anish Kapoor, Miroslaw Balka, Kendell Geers, Chen Zhen, Daniel Buren.