The Cinta Senese
The Cinta Senese is an ancient and noble Italian pig probably already bred in Roman times. Famous is the fresco of 1338 by Ambrogio Lorenzetti preserved in the “Palazzo Comunale” of Siena, portraying the “Cinta Senese”.
Its name comes from the breeding area: the hills around Siena, (especially those of “Montemaggio” near Monteriggioni) even if today it is breeded throughout Tuscany, and from the characteristic pink band that surrounds the chest while everything the rest of the body is dark.
It is a very rustic and resistant breed of pig, characteristics that make it suitable to live in a wild state, it presents meats and above all fat of absolute quality, ideal for obtaining salumi with an intense taste able to satisfy even the most refined and demanding palates.
In 2000 the Consortium for the Protection of the “Cinta Senese” was born, based in Siena, while in 2012 the European Union of the “Cinta Senese” DOP (Protected Origin Denomination) came.