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Buy and Download Description "Dakkan Abbe''s camera successfully captures the beauty of buildings and street scenes, delving into visual details with concerted care ...stunning visuals. " -Variety "A travel documentary that conveys the simplicity and beauty of Tuscany and the people who live and work there. " Christian Critic Inside the Tuscan HillsWith unprecedented access to the vineyards, artisans, workshops, kitchens, and homes of the Tuscan people, each 26-minute episode of Inside the Tuscan Hills will take you deep into the rich culture of rural Tuscany, a place where ancient traditions have never disappeared. Every episode brings the viewer face to face with the traditional artisans who still practice their craft. You will meet master shoemakers, mosaic artists, ceramic painters, coppersmiths and many others. Inside the Tuscan Hills reveals the secret corners of Tuscany and takes you on a journey you will never forget. Highlights include:-In Cortona, cross-bow archers in Renaissance costumes compete in a 700-year old festival.-A visit to the bubbling hot-springs of Saturnia reveals both the glamour of its private spa and the wild beauty of the public pools.-A blessing of the fields melds pagan beliefs with Christian rituals.-The traditional wine harvest at a 800-year old castle in Chianti.These programs take an insider''s look at the rich rural culture of Tuscany.With exclusive access to the workshops, kitchens and homes of the Tuscan people, the series is a journey into one of the world''s most beautiful places.Each episode shows viewers how the Tuscans themselves really live, visiting master craftsmen and country cooks, ancient farmhouses and rustic cheesemakers, while soaking up the singularly beautiful landscape. Camille Abbe hosts. The Chianti The series begins with the wine harvest at a medieval castle and a small family winery.Then it''s on to a gourmet butcher and an unusual wine shop in the picturesque town of Greve, a leather workshop and a luxury jewelry-maker. Chianti and Central Tuscany The trip to the Chianti region concludes with a visit to a ceramic artist, a cooking demonstration and a small farm-inn - or agriturismo.In Siena, a master shoemaker displays his art.The stopover in Volterra, where the ancient craft of alabaster carving is alive and well, includes a visit to a glass studio. Cortona, Montepulciano and the Val d''Orcia The hilltop town of Cortona shows off its crossbow contest, in Montepulciano a mosaic master demonstrates his technique.Then it''s on to the lush hot springs of Bagno San Fillipo before going to see a cheesemaker.A lesson in hand-rolling pici, the local pasta, concludes the episode. Montalcino and the Maremma The famous wine town of Montalcino is the home of Castello Banfi, a massive winery where the chef shows off his recipe for filetto in Brunello.In Montigliano, a rural festival celebrates the harvest with grilled rooster and an unusual competition.In the Maremma, the hot springs of Saturnia have greeted visitors for thousands of years. Rufina and Pontassieve On a wine estate, viewers meet an old couple who are a reminder of Tuscany''s feudal past.A ceremony to bless the fields shows traces of a pagan tradition.A celebrated local chef prepares his gnudi, or pasta-less ravioli.Visits to several agriturismos, farms that open their doors to visitors seeking a rural Tuscan experience, end the episode. Northern Tuscany The final episode includes a visit to an artisan knife maker in the walled town of Scarperia.Lucca''s own walls surround a city built around a Roman amphitheatre.A steamy grotto provides a unique spa experience.The marble mountains of Carrara have yielded white marble for more than 2,000 years, viewers go inside a quarry before visiting a school for marble carving.With exclusive access to the workshops, kitchens and homes of the Tuscan people, this series is a journey into one of the worlds most beautiful places.Each episode shows viewers how the Tuscans themselves really live, visiting master craftsmen and country cooks, ancient farmhouses and rustic cheesemakers, while soaking up the singularly beautiful landscape. Episode 1 - 6 Episode 1: The ChiantiThe Chianti is the hilly region in the heart of Tuscany that is synonymous with wine.We start with a visit to a 300-year-old butcher shop/museum that makes the finest hams and preserved meats.Then, we tour a 12th century castle and a small farm to see the grape harvest and winemaking process.Nearby, a unique wine cantina is explored.Next, we go to the village of Panzano, the home of the most famous butcher in Tuscany, Dario Cecchini, and also the leather workshop of Carlo Fagiani, maker of colorful leather shoes and accessories.In Tavarnelle, a terra cotta artisan shows us how he makes the classic pottery of Tuscany and we also get to see a bronze casting.Then we visit the small farm of Podere Terreno, a special agriturismo, or farmhouse inn.Finally, master jeweler Orlando Orlandini shows off his stunning gold and platinum jewelry that has bedecked the likes of Princess Diana and Sharon Stone. Episode 2: Chianti, Siena, and VolterraA few more stops in Chianti then into beautiful Siena and the ancient Etruscan city of Volterra.In Lecchi, a ceramic painter demonstrates the colorful technique called maiolica.From there we meet a breeder of the Cinta Senese, a prized Tuscan breed of pig that was praised by the Romans.An innovative chef in Castellina-in-Chianti shows us how to make two of her recipes that mix Tuscan tradition and modern style.In Castelnuovo Berardenga we visit a beautifully restored farmhouse that has a cooking school, yoga classes, and a unique style.Siena is the most beautiful city in Tuscany, and we wander its atmospheric streets and find a master shoemaker who handcrafts exquisite shoes in the finest traditional way.Outside Siena, the estate of Spannochia keeps alive farming traditions with an innovative intern program and organic methods.In Colle Val D’Elsa, the Vilca workshop maintains the 700-year tradition of hand blown glass.Finally, we visit the stone-walled city of Volterra and see the Etruscan relics in its museum and visit some of the town’s alabaster workshop. Episode 3: Montepulciano and Val d’OrciaThe hill-top town of Montepulciano overlooks the dramatic Val D’Orcia and surrounding rolling hills.The area is famous for its natural hot springs and we start with a visit to Bagno San Fillipo, a gorgeous terme tucked into the side of Monte Amiata.In Montepulciano, a master coppersmith demonstrates how he makes handcrafted copper cooking utensils.Mosaic artist Ambrogio Zamparo shows how he patiently makes his stunning mosaic works.Beneath Montepulciano we visit the giant underground wine caves of Cantina Redi.Every year Montepulciano holds the Bravio, a barrel-pushing race though the steep streets – we watch the amusing practice months before the race.In nearby Cortona, the annual festa features a parade of Renaissance costumes and a crossbow contest.From there we visit the workshop that made the gorgeous costumes.The nearby town of Pienza is famous for its pecorino and we see how it’s made.Finally, a cooking demonstration in an old farmhouse yields the secrets of how to make the local hand-rolled pasta, pici. Episode 4: Montalcino and the MaremmaTucked 2,000 feet up onto a ridge top, Montalcino is southern Tuscany’s wine capital and the gateway to the wild land further south, the Maremma.In Montalcino we tour the beautifully preserved Fortezza, and see the highlights of the town.In a nearby field, a honey maker shows us his hives and explains why the honey from Montalcino is the best in the world.An artisanal butcher shows us how he makes his highly sought-after prosciutto and the nearby Castello Banfi opens the doors to its Balsameria, where it makes exquisite balsamic vinegar.The renknowned chef at Banfi then cooks his Filetto in Brunello, a decadent beef filet cooked in the winery’s own award-winning wine.The small villag "Dakkan Abbe''s camera successfully captures the beauty of buildings and street scenes, delving into visual details with concerted care ...stunning visuals. " -Variety "A travel documentary that conveys the simplicity and beauty of Tuscany and the pe
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