Autumn in Tuscany means mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles and... pumpkin! Pumpkin was brought to Europe by Spanish settlers, but only in northern Italy does is it a commonplace ingredient in traditional dishes. Since it has a very sweet flavor in Tuscany you'll always find it combined with strong flavored ingredients such as onion, herbs and rosemary
Let's travel to the heart of the Valdarno with the Italian Eye team and Chef Simone Del Puglia for a hearty autumn soup photo recipe. The location chosen for this photo shoot is Villa Barberino, in Meleto. Villa Barberino, was part of the republic of Florence, which was struggling against Arezzo.
From 1340, Meleto was the main town of "Avane's alliance", a federation of villages near Florence, whose headquarters were the castle of Barberino. Today, it is home to a resort with rooms, apartments, restaurant, a swimming pool and an Italian-style garden.