EDUCTOUR GUSTATUS 29 ottobre – 1 novembre 2015

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Gentile Giornalista,

Siamo lieti di invitarla all’Eductour della Costa d’Argento riservato alla stampa estera.

Durante il vostro soggiorno vi mostreremo il nostro territorio, i nostri servizi, e tutte le attività e opportunità che questo tratto di costa toscana offre. Inoltre si assaggeranno specialità toscane e si degusteranno i nostri vini all’interno della manifestazione Gustatus, vetrina internazionale delle eccellenze enogastronomiche del sud della Toscana.

L’obbiettivo è quello di farvi scoprire il nostro territorio e le sue magiche atmosfere.

Saremmo felici di avervi come nostri ospiti dal 29 ottobre al 1 novembre 2015 ad Orbetello Mappa

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Programma

Giovedì 29 ottobre

Arrivo a Roma Fiumicino

Transfert ad Orbetello e sistemazione in albergo

Cena in enoteca Gustatus

Venerdì 30 ottobre

Giornata dedicata alla visita di Orbetello, di Ansedonia e dell’Antica Città di Cosa, di Talamone e della Rocca Senese.

Pranzo in enoteca Gustatus

Aperitivo al tramonto in battello sulla Laguna

Cena in enoteca Gustatus

Sabato 31 ottobre

Giornata dedicata alla visita di Porto Ercole, della Panoramica di Monte Argentario e della Rocca Spagnola.

Visita al Convento dei Frati Passionisti di Monte Argentario

Pranzo Degustazione Aziende di Maremma

Laboratorio didattico con i produttori di Orbetello

Cena in enoteca Gustatus

Domenica 1 novembre

Giornata libera

Transfert a Fiumicino e partenza

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Greetings from Dolcevia.com on the Costa Argento

Dear all,

For those of you that don’t know us I would like to start my post by adding a short paragraph to introduce our project Dolcevia.com.

Dolcevia aims to be the global digital content hub for “made-In-Italy” and “l’Esperienza Italiana”. Dolcevia.com aims to reach people who are in some way involved with Italy and can be defined as “Italianate”. This includes people who have contributed, contribute and will contribute in future to form the country’s image, identity, culture and economy: people who love Italy from all parts of the world, who share the values of Italian culture and lifestyle, who study the language, enjoy the cuisine, arts and fashions. The  website is currently only available in Dutch however we hope to be able to create an English version by the end of the year.

Our visit to the Costa Argento of Tuscany was a unique experience which highlighted many of the more unknown tourism destinations along this beautiful and natural Southern coast of Tuscany including the 7 islands.

When I was 15 years old I remember a most excellent summer I spent in a village near the Maremma helping out as a young stable hand on a resort with riding tours in the Maremma region and the national park, obviously most of the horses were that of the famous Maremmano breed, distinct because of their round noses, a significant piece of information for all of you as I am sure you will agree.

Dolcevia

Published on Dolcevia.com 25 September 2011

Those who have not had the opportunity to visit this area will probably not have felt inclined to pass the extra 2 – 3 hours in the car to reach the outskirts of southern Tuscany.  Not going the extra mile you have been depriving your children of the most wonderful experience of snorkeling in pristine clear turquoise waters, which is actually one of those delightful activities you can do with your kids and feel you have given them the best that mother nature can offer as well as it being an educational experience. Imagine also that besides being that ultra cool dad or mum you could actually make the holiday budget stretch that extra mile.
Accommodations along this coast are still fairly inexpensive compared to the region along the coast of jet set hotspot Punta Ala or further inland in  Chiantishire.

We felt we should share this with Feel the Breeze of Tuscany as it really is a breeze getting here and enjoying a holiday full of fun watersports, sailing, snorkeling, diving and kiteboarding (probably reserved for the actually cool and fearless parent). If you are feeling in a rather cultural mood there are plently of exciting towns, fortresses which date back many centuries.

The history of Orbetello and Monte Argentario is a interesting and curious story. When the Republic of Siena came to an end in the middle of the sixteenth century it had a seaboard. This included the whole of the Province of Grosseto: Orbetello was one of its forts, and Talamone, Santo Stefano, and Port’Ercole were among its ports. From 1557 to 1713 this part of Italy remained a Spanish State, governed by a Spanish Governor. The son of Charles V named the area a State of the Praesidia.

It’s history is unique in Italy, there were only two other absolute sovereignties at this point in history, there were the States of the Church and the Republic of Venice. However the State of the Spanish Praesidia was a possession of the House of the Spanish Hapsburgs, and there was no other corner of Italian soil which had a precisely similar status. In 1738,Praesidia became an appanage of the Neapolitan King, but while he continued to hold his Kingdom from the Pope, the Praesidia remained a possession of Spain untill the 18th century.

Orbetello, Porto Ercole,Talamone and inland Capalbio are all well worth a visit with fortifications, compact towns of which Capalbio is the most interesting dating back to medieval times, each town can be taken in within an hour except in during the Sagra di Cinghiale (wild boar festival) when you will undoubtedly be inclined to take part in the September festivities celebrating the opening of the hunting season for the wild boar which roam the Maremma. Orbetello is the only significant town for shopping with some interesting small boutiques and a weekly artisans market where you could choose to buy the local organic produce albeit at a equally significant price.

The island of Giglio can be reached with the ferry from Porto Santo Stefano on the Monte Argentario, you could consider taking your car as distances between various places of interest and accommodation are a few miles apart although for the enthusiastic hiker there are trails between the towns which are not considered too grueling. The island is considered the pearl of the 7 islands lining the Tuscan coast. Giglio lies at 15km from the coast of the island of Elba, visible from the shore on a clear day. It’s waters are warm and crystal clear as well as clean and unspoilt making it a popular destination for diving holidays. The island also boasts lovely sandy beaches and rocky coves fit for snorkeling such as the Baia del Sole.

For a map of the area including some tips for accommodation and tourism please click here or view below.
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Contributed by
Elisabeth Jane Bertrand
Founder of Dolcevia.com


Bella la Costa Costa d`Argento

I’d like to thank the organizers for a fantastic educational trip.
I did not know excactly what to expect, since I have never been in the area before, and I looked very much forward to visit

Isola di Giglio. I am happy to say the visit exceeded all my expectations. It was like going back in time to a Greek island 50 years ago. It is fortunate that this area of Tuscany has not been discovered by mass tourism, and I will most certainly return.

The only complaint I have is the lack of Internet connection in the room. In order to access the net, I had to sit outside by the reception. This is inconvenient in itself, and the sun glare makes it almost impossible to read the screen. Today we are so dependent on having access to e-mails and other internet resources, that easy access is a must.
The workshop was placed in a wonderful setting. There were not many suppliers, and wine farms were underrepresented. A bit strange, since we were in the middle of a wine area.

The galla dinner was one of the best I’ve ever had on my many trips to Italy. I ate and drank to much as usual.
All in all I am very satisfied – thank you again for a fantastic trip.
A Presto
Kjersti F Skogvold
La Bella Italia
Norway

Costa d’Argento, after 10 years…..

I want to say thank you for the well organised tour, the bus trips were well thought out and gave us all a wonderful impression of the area. I first visited Costa d’Argento over 10 years ago and I wish I had been back since then!

My hotel (Torre dell’Osa) was fantastic, the cleanliness 100%, beautiful well kept grounds and pool, wonderful breakfast of very good quality products (many hotels seem to offer inferior and cheap quality products)and the staff were some of the pleasant and most helpful I have had the pleasure to meet.

The gala dinner/dance was great fun, great food, very good music, we walked back to the hotel at 2am, having had a most enjoyable evening.

The workshop (set in the grounds of the hotel with views over the pool, it would be great to have my office there everyday!)was in need of more suppliers but I did manage to make a few interesting contacts.

I have advised my office we must try to create a programme there for our clients.

Barry Pearson
Idyllic Italy by Bridgewater

Tuscany trip

Hello,
We found it a very successful trip.
It was well organized and we have seen a lot of Tuscany.
Beautiful weather, great food and fine company.

The Bottarga is already in the store. Are very happy it is a beautiful product.
We will have to wait for the prices of oil and biscuits,
But we hope that it can sell in our shop.

Thanks again for the beautiful journey.

Sincerely,

Peter Corthals and Caroline van den Broeke.

Feasting on wild boar – a tasty Maremma tradition

written by Marijke Blazer – culinary travel journalist and culinary travel guide author

Wild boar on my mind

When you think of traditional flavours in the Maremma region in Tuscany, one of the most obvious choices that pop into mind is the wild boar. Or cinghiale, in Italian. At least, that’s what you should be thinking of as of now.

Announcements all around

The hunt (and the subsequential consumption) of the wild boar is celebrated with many local festivals (sagra) throughout Italy. One of those Sagra del Cinghiale is hosted every year in the second week of September in Capalbio.

Capalbio is an incredibly charming little fortified town at the Costa d’Argento in the Tuscan Maremma region and definitely worth a visit, even outside the wild boar season. Be warned though, you need some planning ahead since there is only one hotel: Valle de Buttero (serves a great breakfast, by the way, and has wonderful staff).

A few know-worthy titbits about wild boars:

  • Compared to the rest of Italy, the appearance of wild boars is most common in the Tuscan region.
  • Wild boars living in Italy in general weigh around 80 -100 kilograms, yet in Tuscany wild boars weighing up to 150 kilograms can be found.
Large male boar by night. Dead, that is to say.

Only the adult male boars grow tusks.

  • Nowadays hunting wild boars is highly popular, on one hand since they are considered as highly desirable game trophies, on the other hand because the wild boar inflicts significant damage to crops and forests because of their rooting in the search of food.
  • Already in the Roman era, the wild boar was a prestigious prey; at least three Roman legions showed the strong animal in their emblems.
wild boar as soft as butter

The hunt is called la caccia, and cinghiale alla cacciatora- "wild boar prepared in hunter style" - is one of the most popular ways to serve this, often a bit chewy, meat. Key ingredients of this rich stew are chunks of wild boar marinated overnight in red wine, olive oil and rosemary, prepared with vegetables, tomato sauce and a generous amount of garlic. The result is marvellous, you just have to be aware of the small pieces of bone...

Time for some tasting!

Visiting the Sagra del Cinghiale in Capalbio was a great way to get acquainted with several famous local culinary specialties of the Costa d’Argento and the Maremma region in general. At the festival you could taste four delicious wild boar dishes, proudly prepared by the male local community members:

Real guys know how to cook

Real guys know how to cook their Cinghiale alla Cacciatora

Juicy wild boar steak

Juicy wild boar steak


serious grilling of the wild boar steaks

Serious grilling of the wild boar steaks

Diggin'in - polenta con sugo del cinghiale

Third option: bowls of creamy polenta covered with steaming minced wild boar sauce (polenta con sugo di cinghiale) and topped with grated parmesan cheese.

Polenta on the menu

This sugo del cinghiale dish was kind of a surprise to me; I was keeping my eyes open for the traditional local way to serve sugo di cinghiale: with papardelle, the broad strips of pasta. Polenta as a base tasted great though!

Cozy arrangement of wild boar sausages

And lastly interesting looking sausages - dark and plum, straight of the large charcoal grills in the back.

All I can say is: the Maremma people earn two big thumbs up for the way they prepare their wild boar and I can definitely advise you give these traditional local dishes a try yourself during your visit to this region.

This article is also posted on www.curious-food-lover.com/blog, the website I run collecting culinary travel tips for curious food lovers all over the world.

one week to go….and then Costa d’Argento Fam Trip 2011

almost there, next Thursday, Sept. 8th, more than 40 people, tour operotors, journalists, buyer from the food and wine world will reach Costa d’Argento.

For those who don’t know the area, this is just a brief overview….come and discover it!

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Costa d’Argento Fam Trip – September 8th-11th 2011


Costa d’Argento is the area of Tuscan coast included in Maremma, in the very South of Tuscany, at the border with Latium.
An extremely various natural environment, the signs of the civilizations from Etruscan to Spanish and more, the top quality of food and wine:  this is the experience we offer to travellers.
Orbetello, Monte Argentario, Isola del Giglio, Capalbio and Magliano in Toscana: these are the areas we are now concentrated in promoting at an international level, with their specific features able to attract from families to school trips, from cyclists to divers, from golf players to food lovers.

More information about the area on http://www.consorziomaremmare.it

Consorzio Maremmare organized the first  fam trip ever done here,  from September 8th to 11th, with the aim to provide guests with the experience of the many aspects of this land, to meet with professionals of the tourism sector offering accommodation and services in Costa d’Argento.

In the next days and during the famtrip, this blog will be the place where guests will share their emotions, telling the story about their experiences in Costa d’Argento!

Costa d’Argento is the area of Tuscan coast included in Maremma, in the very South of Tuscany, at the border with Latium.

An extremely various natural environment, the signs of the civilizations from Etruscan to Spanish and more, the top quality of food and wine: this is the experience we offer to travellers.

Orbetello, Monte Argentario, Isola del Giglio, Capalbio and Magliano in Toscana: these are the areas we are now concentrated in promoting at an international level, with their specific features able to attract from families to school trips, from cyclists to divers, from golf players to food lovers.

More information about the area on www.consorziomaremmare.it

Consorzio Maremmare is glad to invite you to take part to our fam trip from September 8th to 11th, being our guest to experience directly the many aspects of this land, to meet with professionals of the tourism sector offering accommodation and services in Costa d’Argento.