The presence of the Cinta Senese DOP in Tuscany dates back centuries. Among the most famous of this is the painting The Allegory of Good and Bad Government (1338-40) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, in Siena’s Town Hall. The fresco cycle in the Casanuova of Ama Chapel (1596), in Gaiole in Chianti, also shows a frescoed specimen at the foot of S. Antonio Abate.
The meats, salami and fat of this animal have notably contributed to bettering the quality of life in this area of Italy. In fact, there are examples of Cinta Senese drawn in a 14th-century medical handbook: fatty deposits were probably precious in the preparation of unguents and creams as well as being a foodstuff. The breeding of this pig has overcome myriad historical and cultural events, from the start of the Modern Era to the end of sharecropping, and even in the post-Second World War period.
The quality of the Cinta Senese meat, thanks to the system of extensive breeding that reinforces the testimony of the ancient tradition of pig breeding in the region of Tuscany, has allowed the farmers, grouped together as the Cinta Senese Protection Consortium, to obtain the Denominazione di Origine Protetta, DOP.