A medieval Saint Valentine’s at the shade of Chianti’s hills

The beautiful scenery of the Florentine hills this time will be the backdrop for a romantic evening, where the magic of the past merges with the gentle breeze of love. The Sestiere Castellare, association for the promotion of cultural and social re-enactments, is in fact organizing at the Antico Spedale del Bigallo at Bagno a Ripoli, outside Florence, an alternative dinner-show for the lovers of the 21st century, intended to make them plunge into the courtly love of the 14th century. Delicious spicy food, the sweet notes of a harp resounding in the hall with all the charm of medieval love music, minstrels, jugglers and fire-eaters are all the ingredients of an evening in which you will become ladies and knights for a Saint Valentine’s celebration certainly unusual and alternative.

On the slopes of the hills just outside Bagno a Ripoli stands the Antico Spedale del Bigallo, built in the early 13th century to offer hospitability to both pilgrims and the sick. Surrounded by olive groves, this ancient hostel has some breathtaking views over Florence. Inside the vestiges of its past can still be found in the lacunar ceiling and ancient cotto flooring. The surroundings of Bagno a Ripoli offers many beautiful glimpses on the lifestyle of the Florentine countryside. Not far away is a unique holiday home in Chianti, originally a medieval Tuscan tower house  of the 12th century. A very exclusive way to spend an unforgettable vacation.

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