Pane di Altopascio

Fresh pastries and bakery, biscuit, confectionary and pastry products;

1. Product name:
Pane di Altopascio

2. Other names:

3. Short product description:
Pane di Altopascio has a square (bozza) or elongated (filone) shape. It’s soft on the inside with a crunchy, light golden crust. It’s made without salt, and the loaves range from 500g to 2kg. It’s made all year round.

4. Production area:
Altopascio and the bordering municipalities, province of Lucca.

5. Production status:
r disappeared r at risk r active

6. Production process:
s Knead 7 parts flour with 3 parts fresh yeast and water in an electric mixer at a slow speed
s Roll out and portion
s Leave to rise for about an hour on special boards covered with cloths
s Bake in the oven for about an hour

7. Materials, equipment and premises used for production:
s Work surface
s Wooden boards and cloths for leavening
s Oven

8. Notes on traditionalism, homogeneity of spread and persistence of production rules over time:
Pane di Altopascio owes its traditional character to the unique dexterity and skill of the people who have gained experience over time, and to the originality of taste and use of the water of the area.
Altopascio has always been considered the “City of Bread”. The name is tied to the role the town played in assisting pilgrims who took Via Francigena to visit the sites of Christianity. Around the year 1,000, a confraternity of doctors called the Cavalieri del Tau built a hospital to refresh travellers exhausted by the long trip. The rules for assistance become real standards in 1232 and bread became a right for all those who arrived in Altopascio. This bread tradition was so strongly felt that, centuries later, the Lorraine family built the Grand Ducal Farm here, which had 38 farms. In 1774, the same Grand Duke built Il Piaggione, which had 25 silos for grain and is now the Altopascio Library.

9. Production:
This bread is made by the three major bakeries in Altopascio in quantities that sit at around 5,000 tonnes a year. Sales are made in the area as well as in markets across the rest of Tuscany.

Fresh pastries and bakery products, biscuits, pastry and confectionery
Production area

Altopascio e comuni limitrofi, provincia di Lucca.