Cocoa makes its first appearance in Tuscany in the 17th century, since then it has been impossible to live without it!
The passion for it has even given birth to an area known as the "Chocolate Valley": in the territories of Pisa, Pistoia and Prato there is in fact a concentration of great artisans and master chocolatiers, as well as the most prestigious companies and shops.
High quality products are a trait of this "valley" and along this itinerary lovers of the "food of the Gods" can discover and savor the most authentic aromas and the most ancient flavours.
In the area of Pisa there are numerous chocolate industries of great fame and value. In Pontedera there is the historic Amedei chocolate maker, winner of the largest number of Golden Beans at the "Academy of Chocolate" in London. In Cascine di Buti Torrefazione Trinci produces some great chocolate tablets.
In Monsummano Terme, Slitti's chocolate awaits gourmands in its coffee shop, while in Agliana, in the area of Pistoia, the star is Roberto Catinari, a pioneer in the production of chocolate in Tuscany. In the same area, in the town of Uzzano, Casa Tuscani has started the organic chocolate factory project, using top quality cocoa from Nicaragua.
In Prato, Pasticceria Mannori sales handmade pralines, tablets, cakes and chocolate eggs.