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Dario Castagno

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Name  Dario Castagno
Books  Too much Tuscan Sun
Role  Author

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Dario Castagno (born 1967) is a former tour guide and an author, originally from England, now based in Italy. He was born in the Wimbledon district of London, England, in 1967 and moved to Italy in 1977 when his parents decided to return to their homeland.


Dario Castagno Private fullday trips from Florence or Siena to the

The Castagno family purchased a house secluded in the Chianti hills of Tuscany, Italy, close to Siena, and Dario was very much attracted by this environment that had given birth and inspired such an incredible number of artists and geniuses.(From Too Much Tuscan Sun by Globe Pequot Press)

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At the age of fifteen, Castagno dropped out of school and found employment in a winery and several years later started conducting off the beaten path tours through the Chianti region.(A Day in Tuscany published by Globe Pequot Press)

He wrote his memoirs in a book Too Much Tuscan Sun — The Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide that was translated into various languages and that was a 2005 New York Times notable book and a sequel A Day in Tuscany-More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide followed by a third volume Too Much Tuscan Wine. His first novel is "An Osteria in Chianti" Together with Robert Rodi he contributed in the making of "Seven Seasons in Siena" and with photographer Fionn McCann "District Nine" a book based on wild boar hunting. He is the protagonist of the movie My Chianti-A Day in the Life of a Tuscan Author.


Dario Castagno is a member of the Noble Bruco Contrada in Siena where he meets his readers at the hq's. He lives an isolated existence in the small village of Vagliagli and collaborates with Tregole winery where he conducts his historical wine tours and discusses his books (

Published works

  • Too Much Tuscan Sun published in 2005 by Globe Pequot Press.
  • A Day in Tuscany published in 2007 by Globe Pequot Press.
  • Too Much Tuscan Wine published in 2008 by Rasna.
  • An Osteria in Chianti published in 2010 by Barbera.
  • Seven Seasons in Siena published in 2011 by Ballantine (with Robert Rodi).
  • The District 9 of Chianti published in 2012 by edition Betti.
  • The Miracle of Belpoggio 2013 by edition Betti.
  • The Bromide in the Soup 2015 by edition Betti.
  • All books are also available in Poland published by Pascal and the first three titles In German by Goldmann and Piper Verlag.
  • Cinematography

  • My Chianti produced by Moviement in 2007.
  • Video documentaries

  • Siena a World Apart produced by Moviement in 2006.
  • Siena The Days of the Palio produced by Video Pro in 2002.
  • References

    Dario Castagno Wikipedia