Martha today Martha Specht Corsi is the daughter of George and Flaminia Specht, who restored the Castle. Flaminia and Martha throughout the years organized many cultural events in Porciano to attract quality tourism to the Casentino Valley. Martha continues to host lectures, seminars, concerts, Dante readings, as well as theater productions. These events are held in Dante’s Hall or on the lovely grounds in front of the Castle.

Martha is currently restoring some cottages on the grounds of the Castle to increase the diverse offerings in character with this special place as intimate weddings, family reunions, etc.
 
She rents small homes in the highest part of the village surrounding the Castle which are referred to as Borgo del Castello di Porciano. She has particular interest in hosting groups of artists, writers, journalists or history and art buffs in Porciano. It is possible to organize lectures by university professors and experts in various fields.

See also Events at the Castle
 
young MarthaMartha is fascinated with the history of everyday life of the past centuries and the survival of forgotten arts and crafts. The magic of this place and its beauty in all seasons have inspired Martha to share it with others interested in charming places off the beaten track.

She is married to Prof. Francesco Corsi, a lawyer and ex professor of the University of Florence. Their daughter is an historian, graduated from the University of Florence.

For many years Martha has given lectures at Studio Art Centers International in Florence on Tuscan traditions related to food and the history of cooking. She has written The SACI Cookbook (click here for Martha’s recipes). Every year she invites to Porciano groups of American students from Harding University in Florence. On these special occasions they experience the “real” untouristy Tuscany of small towns and castles, ancient monasteries and country churches and enjoy the flavour of old local recipes.

Holidays in Porciano

case vacanze borgo di porciano
Enjoy a unique holiday in a traditional tuscan cottage on the castle grounds

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Presentation

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