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Le Cesarine

Culinary delights in Siena’s historical centre

Siena / Toscana

La Cesarina

Elettra invites us into her home in the historical centre of Siena, a fascinating medieval town with a rich history. Here, masterpieces of gothic art rub shoulders with the secular tradition of the Contrade del Palio.

Elettra spent several years in Germany, dedicating her time to Italian cooking courses. She has always been particularly fond of her region’s traditional dishes, which help her to feel connected with her hometown wherever she is in the world. When she returned to Italy, Elettra decided to cook using only local and organic products whenever possible, to offer a Taste Experience that truly represents Siena's traditional flavours.

The secret of the Cesarina
I have a handmade garlic crusher from Cortona. It’s just what I need to prepare my ‘pici all’aglioni’, which requires finely chopped garlic cloves.


  • Cecina 
  • Ribollita soup
  • Meatballs and fried artichokes
  • Castagnaccio cake 

Refined selection of local wines


To begin this Taste Experience in the heart of Siena, Elettra serves an antipasto of ‘cecina’, a bread made with chickpea flour and black pepper, topped with pine nuts, rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil.

For the next course, she serves a classic of Tuscan cuisine, ‘ribollita’. This rich first course is made from a delicate vegetable broth, which is slow-cooked into a hearty soup over several days with the addition of beans, kale and homemade bread. For the second course, Elettra opts for fried meatballs, which contain potato for added texture, with a side dish of battered and fried artichokes.

Our journey through the flavours of Tuscany comes to a close with a classic ‘castagnaccio’, a cake made with fine chestnut flour, raisins, pine nuts and walnuts.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Pet-friendly home


Our customers says

"This was one our best experiences in Bologna. Our hosts, Gianni and Lorenza, were a well travelled and interesting couple about similar ages to ourselves. They also spoke perfect English, having lived in Canada for many years. Gianni taught us how to make tortellini from scratch which we ate with our meal. Gianni is a fine and the rest of the meal was excellent. Their place is an apartment in a medieval Palazzo which was well worth seeing on its own. We really enjoyed it."

J. Bliss

"Our dinner with Angela was the best experience of our visit to Rome. The food was delicious, and it was delightful to talk with Angela and her Mother about food, life in Rome, work, and the state of the world in general. This experience would have been impossible for us without Le Cesarine."

D. White

"We had a wonderfull lunch time with Tania (30 minutes outside from Bologna). She was an excellent host and very charming. We enjoyed her traditional courses (antipasti,strozzapretti con salsiccia, brasato al limone) very much and could highly recommend her. The atmosphere was very relaxed and it was easy to drive to her. We would come again."

J. Hüsser