Italian Christmas Classics

Why not give your Christmas celebrations an Italian twist this year? The easiest way to do so of course is to book a festive season break at Karma Borgo di Colleoli – since our Tuscan palazzo close to both Florence and Pisa is open through the festive season this year! If you do make it over, below are some of the savoury and sweet dishes you can look forward to experiencing during your visit – and if you can’t make it this year, perhaps you can try some of them at home!


Embrace the coastal cultures of Calabria with Cacciucco, a seafood stew featuring a medley of fresh fish and shellfish including octopus, squid, mussels, clams, red snapper and monkfish combined with  olive oil, red wine, fish stock, onions and other delights to create a hearty and flavoursome dish that  is typical of the Tuscan coast.

Tortellini in Brodo

Dive into the comforting tradition of Tortellini in Brodo, delicate pasta parcels filled with flavorful meat like prosciutto di Palma and Mortadella, served in a rich savoury broth—a cherished Tuscan Christmas delicacy.


Experience the rustic charm of Castagnaccio, a chestnut flour cake enriched with pine nuts, raisins, and rosemary—a sweet and savoury delight, synonymous with Tuscan Yuletide festivities.

Panforte di Siena

Among  the most  iconic of Italian cakes, the Panforte di Siena is a dense, spiced fruitcake hailing from the heart of Tuscany. Packed with nuts, honey, and candied fruits, it’s a Christmas classic that encapsulates the warmth of the season.


Indulge in the allure of Pandoro, a star-shaped sweet bread dusted with powdered sugar, symbolising the festive spirit. It’s a light and airy treat that captures the essence of Tuscan holiday celebrations.

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