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The Best Culinary Travel Today: Italy
So much food we think of today as “Italian” has its roots in Tuscan cuisine. Imagine a sumptuous Italian feast and it’s hard not to picture bruschetta hot off the grill topped with fresh tomato, basil, and olive oil; a thick Florentine-style T-bone steak; biscotti dunked in a caffè latte; or a glass of sweet vin santo or a full-bodied Chianti. As one of Italy’s most beautiful and beloved regions, Tuscany has earned its accolades. While some come for the sun and to be seen, we’ve got better plans: sumptuous spreads laid out by close friends, behind-the-scenes tours of medieval towns, wine tastings with award-winning oenologists, and savouring traditional cuisine made of the freshest local ingredients. And what better way to balance out all the delicious cuisine than with some spectacular biking through the picturesque countryside, or meandering by foot through hilltop towns that have stood watch since the Middle Ages. At Butterfield & Robinson we believe that getting in deep and up close has as much to do with a region’s culinary culture as it does with its geography and people—after all, you can’t really call yourself a cultural adventurer if you don’t embrace the local food and drink. And in Tuscany, cultural adventure abounds. —Butterfield & Robinson
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Original baglioni cala del porto