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Le Cesarine

The sweet taste of the Tuscan Hills

Capraia e Limite / Toscana

La Cesarina

"I live in the hills, in the village of Castra. Time still moves slowly here, and we can often hear the sound of horses' hooves clopping through the streets of our village, or the tranquil lapping of the River Arno."

Rossana welcomes us into her home, nestled in the rolling Tuscan hills not far from Florence. This is wonderful land, where man and nature have been rubbing along together since ancient times. From the Bronze Age to the Etruscans, the Romans to the Lombards, a whole range of civilizations has passed through these parts, leaving many signs of their presence. To this day we can admire the Montereggi Archaeological Park, the remains of the Castello walls, the rocca and the alleyways, Villa Bibbiani and its Parco Romantico.

It is home to a rich and fascinating history that is clear in the kitchen as well. This is a culinary tradition of peasant origins, which our Cesarina brings to the table in the form of genuine and appetizing recipes.

The secret of the Cesarina
In the hills, time flows slowly, and this allows us to better appreciate nature and her bounty.


  • Porrata (leek pie)
  • Tuscan kale croutons
  • Pappardelle with stewed duck
  • Stewed duck with cannellini beans in oil
  • Homemade jam tart
  • Cantucci of Prato

Refined selection of local wines


Rossana opens this Taste Experience of Florentine tradition with an unmistakably rustic dish. She serves a "porrata," Tuscan focaccia with a base of leeks and 'rigatino', a pancetta characteristic of the area. An appetizer served alongside delicious lacinato kale crostoni, slices of famous local bread accompanied by boiled vegetables.

To follow, our Cesarina's trusted Chianti classic, pappardelle with stewed duck. These long, thin strips of egg pasta are served with a deliciously rich sauce. The duck is flavored with aromatic herbs, wine, and plenty of tomato sauce, for a result that is succulent to say the least. And the duck makes a return in the second course as well, this time accompanied by a characteristically Tuscan side of cannellini beans in oil.

Finally, for dessert Rossana offers a sweet jam pie, accompanied by a traditional Tuscan confection: the cantucci of Prato, dry biscuits enriched with roasted almonds - a true delicacy, especially when accompanied by the traditional vin santo.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • 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