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Viale della Marina, 41, 00122 Lido di Ostia RM, Italy
According to legend, Rome’s first orange tree—St. Dominic’s gift to the pope—was planted in Giardino degli Aranci (Garden of the Oranges) in the 13th century. The secluded park provides a panoramic view of the city, from...
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Via Felice Casati, 27, 20133 Milano MI, Italy
Part living room, part laboratory, Pavè is a pastry lovers' mecca. Delicious sweet and savory snacks ~ hot chocolate, puddings, pies, aperitivi~ made on the spot. What ever you do, if you spot something you like, order it immediately or it quickly...
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Piazzale dello Sport, 16, 20151 Milano MI, Italy
Gran Cavallo was to be Renaissance master Leonardo's monumental equestrian statue, commissioned by Ludovico Il Moro, Duke of Milan in 1482. Due to invasions and what not, the statue was never actualized, apart from sketches and a clay model that...
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Bergamo, Province of Bergamo, Italy
Everybody loves the highs and lows of Bergamo. The charming city is actually two towns--Bergamo Alta (high) and Bergamo Bassa (low). Bergamo Alta is a beautiful walled city whose architecture dates back to medieval times. Its Piazza Vecchia,...
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Viale Piave, 1, 20129 Milano MI, Italy
Italy's No.1 chef Massimo Bottura described Nottingham Forest as a blend of "Hemingway and the TV show C.S.I." for its eclectic vibe. But for its cocktails, Bottura and many others feel Nottingham Forest is Milan's main innovator. Mixologist Dario...
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Via Giuseppe Meda, 4, 20136 Milano MI, Italy
The newly opened Carlo e Camilla in Segheria is Michelin star chef Carlo Cracco adventure in family style chic cuisine. Everyone eats together on a long table in a former woodworking factory illuminated by Venetian chandeliers. The is a delicious...
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It's worth a peek inside Zaini, Milan's historic chocolate maker, which began creating delicious chocolate confectionaries in the 1910s. Celebrating a 100-year anniversary, Zaini opened the via Carlo de Cristoforis location in honor of a century...
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Via Solferino, 44, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Gallery Antonio Colombo always has great shows of contemporary international artists, with a slight bend towards urban and street artists.
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Via Sant'Andrea, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The best tailors in Italy are from Napoli, and the best ateliers are in Milan, in particular in the beautiful Fashion Quadrilateral where every shop is more gorgeous than the next. Rubinacci is definitely a cut above the rest for its impeccable...
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Via Brera, 23, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
My friend Andy says you can't go to Milan without having an evening in Brera, the tiny artsy area adjacent to Milan's fashion center. Bar Brera is the hangout of choice for expensive liquor and people watching.
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Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Here's the skinny: I'm not going to tell you the address, or the phone number. All I can tell you is, there's a gin mill somewhere in Milan that's the bees knees. You just need to know who to ask, once you know your onions then everything'll be...
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Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Like all outdoor markets in Rome, Campo de' Fiori is a bustling social center where locals push past throngs of tourists to complete their errands. Every morning you can find nonni shopping for produce with their grandchildren, feisty butchers...
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Via S. Gregorio, 17, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
The aptly named Gelato Giusto (meaning gelato done right) is an ice cream must. Former pastry chef Vittoria Bortolazzo makes delicious gelato every day from regional, organic fruit, high quality milk, and lots of love. Flavor selection is only a...
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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Yes, Mag is a great place for a morning, Saturday brunch, and light lunch, but it is also an excellent spot for those who love a great cocktail. Head to Navigli in the late afternoon to watch Flavio, Marco, and Francesco mix creative concoctions...
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Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
The Ambrosiana Library is an oasis for book lovers. Founded in 1609, the library contains over 800,000 books and 35,000 manuscripts, including writings by Dante and Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus. The pinacoteca art gallery is a treasure as...
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Via Lorenteggio, 269, 20152 Milano MI, Italy
Street food in Milan: high-quality raw materials. Mangiari di strada proposes the culture of the Italian street food. Fresh pasta, donuts, pancakes, olives, chestnuts, pumpkin, capers, beans, bacon, meat. Oh my goodness, what a great and unique...
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Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
At a nondescript church in an unlikely neighborhood in Milan rests one of the greatest works of art ever created, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The 15th century mural was part of a renovation project at the Convent of Santa Maria della...
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Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Sforza name is well known even to those of us not intimately familiar with Italian history. Originally built in the 15th century, this massive citadel was at one time one of the largest in Europe and even today you can just imagine the...
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Corso Magenta, 15, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Sometimes called "Milan's Sistine Chapel" because of its profusely--and beautifully-- decorated walls and ceilings, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is well worth a visit. The Renaissance paintings commissioned by the Sforza family (the primary...
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Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 34, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
While few in number, Milan's canals can be charming. Naviglio Grande, the largest, is my favorite to walk along. Lined by shops, outdoor cafes and bars, there is life alongside the water anytime of day. If you're lucky you'll catch the Antique...
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Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
The avant-garde interiors of 10 Corso Como match the mod, edgy clothes—everything from kaleidoscopic Ferragamo sandals to python-skin Margiela wallets. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Matias Perdomo is an Argentinian with a preference for Molecular Gastronomy, influenced by such greats as the Roca Brothers and Ferran Adrià, running a kitchen and a dining room overflowing till late into the night in an unusual part of Milan. Far...
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Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, 286, 20142 Milano MI, Italy
The café Erba Brusca sits on a plot of land at the city’s edge, where concrete blocks meet grassy meadows. Italian staples such as buttery white polenta and roasted speziata sausage are made with herbs and greens grown on-site. Reserve a table on...
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Palazzo dell'Arte, Viale Luigi Camoens, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
You can't go to a disco in Milan without experiencing an edicola. L'edicola are newstands by day and bars by night, a beautiful consequence of Italy's lack of open container laws. Instead of spending 5-25 euro on a drink inside a discoteca (dance...
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Via Gerolamo Tiraboschi, 19, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
Davide Longoni is one of the leading bakers of the North Italy. He has implemented a true "retro innovation" in the baking industry, recovering the ancient art of naturally leavened with sourdough, working flour made from various grains such as...
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Viale Abruzzi, 93, 20131 Milano MI, Italy
Fungheria was founded in 1983. Here's a lovely space where an adorable craftsman gathers, processes, and markets mushrooms and truffles. Each activity is carried out manually: product classification, selection, quality control, packaging, and of...
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Via Solferino, 33, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Contemporary mixology & authentic pizza! A new place to enjoy great pizza and focaccia accompanied by extraordinary cocktails. Contemporary art and more.
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Via Vincenzo Civerchio, 9, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
Swordfish, tuna, mussels, lobster, shrimp, octopus, lobster. This small fish tavern has the great advantage of offering very good seafood at really low prices. It is located in the Isola neighborhood, an old neighborhood in the center, now...
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Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11/a, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
For a coffee and pastry shop, Pasticceria Marchesi has an unexpected historic elegance. Since the 1800s, they've stuck with a formula that works—classic cookies, jars of sweets, and strong coffee in a gorgeous setting. I came for a cappuccino and...
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Via S. Marco, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
in Venetian slang "ombra"(shadow) means "a small glass of wine". But this place is beautiful not just because you can drink good wine, but also because it comes within the refectory of the monks of San Marco. A feast for eyes and heart. Quoted by...
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Via Carlo Vittadini, 20136 Milano MI, Italy
This is just the bar where you have to go to end an evening. You sit at the counter doing a couple of Moskovskaya drowning your thoughts. Good selection of vodka and gin.
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Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Ideally you'd have a whole day to appreciate the world’s foremost collection of Renaissance paintings, housed in the 16th-century headquarters of the Medici court. But for those with less time, highlights include the three great...
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Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Most people head to this ex-art school to ogle the world’s most famous nude statue. Michelangelo’s David was carved from a single five-meter-high block of milky-white marble in 1504 and originally stood in Piazza della Signoria....
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Piazza S. Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
The Franciscan Basilica di Santa Croce, with its striped green-and-white marble facade, dates from about 1294. Inside are the tombs of many celebrated early Florentines, including Dante, Michelangelo and Machiavelli. Among the many art treasures...
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Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
The cathedral, usually called the Duomo, is Florence’s most recognizable building. You are able to catch glimpses of its magnificent red-tiled cupola from just about anywhere in the city center. Construction on the church...
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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Santa Maria Novella is one of Florence's beautiful churches. Its location near the train station means that most visitors will pass by it, and probably through the piazza in front of the church, but few take the time to actually go inside. This...
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Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
You will likely see Bronzino's famous portrait of Eleonora (or Eleanor) de Toledo, in the Uffizi, during your visit to Florence. The Spanish noblewoman who became the duchess of Florence in 1539 when she married Cosimo I de' Medici was unusual for...
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Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 8, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
There are few better places from which to enjoy river views and sunsets than the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345. Spanning the Arno's narrowest point, this is the only bridge to have survived the German bombing of the city in 1944. There have always...
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Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
One of the best views of Florence can be savored from the Piazzale Michelangelo, a short walk across the Arno River from downtown Florence. For a fun afternoon head to the square and enjoy an enchanting panorama of the city, followed by a relaxing...
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Via Santa Monaca, 27, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
This small chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine houses one of the most important fresco cycles in Florentine art. It was painted by three great Renaissance artists: Masolino began the work in 1425, his pupil Masaccio continued the piece...
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r, Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
This jewel box of a museum, located in the basement of the 13th-century Palazzo Spini Feroni where shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo first set up shop in 1927, is a perfect antidote to too much Renaissance art. Anyone with even a vague interest in...
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Piazza Santo Spirito, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Florence’s most lively square is dominated by the blank, unfinished facade of Brunelleschi’s last church. Lined with trees and centered around a pretty fountain, the piazza plays host to a small daily market (where local ladies do their shopping)...
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Via del Proconsolo, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Just to the north of Florence, the small hill town of Fiesole was founded by the Etruscans. Today it is effectively an upmarket city suburb, home to many magnificent villas. Highlights include the 11th-century Duomo; the 3,000-seat Roman...
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Via de' Ginori, 2n, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
The main reason to visit this Renaissance palace is to see the delightful frescoes in the Cappella dei Magi painted by Benozzo Gozzoli. His 1459 cycle fills the tiny chapel from floor to ceiling and is exquisitely painted in bright jewel colors....
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Via Camillo Cavour, 3, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Located behind the church of San Lorenzo, this is where many members of the ruling Medici family are buried. The octagonal building with an opulent marble interior dates from 1519. The Cappella dei Principi houses sarcophagi belonging to the...
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Piazza Santo Spirito, 9, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Once home to the Medici princes, Palazzo Pitti is now our portal to Renaissance Florence. It is divided into six sections and, after three visits, I still cannot choose a favorite. The left wing is comprised of the Royal Apartments—a section that...
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Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
While in Florence, we visited one of the city's many art museums. I came across this open window as I wandered through the museum and though the view of the colorful building next door, framed so nicely by stained-glass windows, was almost as...
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Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
This imposing building has served as Florence’s town hall since Medici times. Until the 15th century, it was the tallest edifice in the city with a 95-meter-high tower (Brunelleschi’s dome on the cathedral surpassed it). It is attributed to...
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Via di Santo Spirito, 64, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
This busy, buzzy Oltrarno restaurant continues to be a personal favorite for its lively atmosphere and dependable cooking at reasonable prices. The menu offers ever-present favorites such as pasta with sweet tropea onions and cherry tomatoes as...
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Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Foodies (and those simply interested in local color and a good meal) should head to San Lorenzo and its covered Mercato Centrale. Florence’s main market for edibles is housed in a 19th-century glass-and-iron building. On the...
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Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Located just a short stroll from the Ponte Vecchio, Trattoria Cammillo is a traditional, family-run restaurant that is popular with the Florentine aristocracy. You may find yourself sitting next to a prince as you tuck into spaghetti alle vongole...
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There is a reason why renting a villa in Tuscany is so popular - rustic farmhouses, rolling hills filled with olive and plum trees, golden sunsets, locally-harvested wine, creamy cheeses, and cool evenings spent with friends and family. Renting a...
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Lovely dining terrace. The service is excellent and the wine and food match. Super wines from the Tuscan hills representing the best of Chianti Classico. We stayed in a lovely villa but toured the property with the affable general manager and,...
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53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy
Forty-five minutes to an hour away from Florence awaits the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bordered by 13th-century walls and featuring a triangular central square lined with historic houses, the town is...
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Loc. Montestigliano, 53018 Fraz. Brenna, Sovicille SI, Italy
For an authentic Italian countryside experience, rent Villa Pipistrelli located near Siena. This two-story magnificent 17th century Tuscan farmhouse is restored with modern day amenities while maintaining the architectural integrity of Tuscan...
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53017 Villa SI, Italy
In the hills of Tuscany, protected by reserve status and hidden by ancient trees, deer roam wild and a spring -- with water so fresh it was the preferred source by the famous Medici family -- flows for 15 years before emerging to become the...
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Località Nipozzano, 7, 50060 Pelago FI, Italy
Castello Nipozzano is the most celebrated and historic of the properties which belong to the Frescobaldi family, wine makers in Tuscany for 700 years. It, along with a villa and ancient chapel, is open to the public for touring when a reservation...
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50022 Greve in Chianti, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
My secret wine tasting weapon, pictured with Sting, & I enjoyed a fabulous afternoon experiencing Il Palaggio, Sting's home in rural Tuscany: olive oil, wine and honey are among the artisanal products produced on the estate...and now there are...
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A long gravel road leads all the way up to this hip little villa set in the middle of a nature reserve overlooking the stunning Val D’Orcia. With just six “farmhouse chic” rooms and one stand-alone suite, the atmosphere is intimate — and stylish...
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Via del Teatro, 1, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
The Italians raise wine appreciation to an almost sacred pursuit. Ducking into the ancient cellars at Contucci on the square in Montepulciano is a perfect opportunity to expand and explore your wine horizon. The grapes here have been continuously...
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Piazza Rio Finale, 8, 19017 Riomaggiore SP, Italy
One of the highlights of my trip to Italy was walking Cinque Terre. I would travel back to Italy just to do this walk again. My favorite part was the Via dell'Amore, or Walk of Love that went from Riomaggiore to Manarola. This is a picture of one...
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via lo scalo, 16, 19017 Manarola SP, Italy
This Michelin-starred restaurant sits on prime real estate. The outdoor seating area is situated on the waterfront in Manarola. It has the best views of the water and for people-watching. The food was surprisingly ordinary. However, my husband had...
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19017 Manarola, SP, Italy
Along my walk from Corniglia to Manarola. Passing though these vineyards i met lots of locals guys getting the vines ready for the season. They were really friendly, answering all of my many questions about traditions, history, and favorite hiking...
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Via A. Rollando, 122, 19017 Manarola SP, Italy
Cinque Terre is a popular destination in Italy for a reason. Unfortunately, this can often lead to overpriced, under-quality restaurants. Trattoria dal Billy is an exception. Here you can enjoy fresh fish carpaccio, handmade pasta (with regional...
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Via IV Novembre, 21, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy
Taking the train from Sestre Levante to the last town of the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, is a great start to hike through the 5 cities. The views are amazing and each town has its own distinct feel. You can stop for snacks in each city and admire...
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Riomaggiore SP, Italy
Hiking the Cinque Terre is an extraordinary way to explore the Ligurian Coast. Five villages connected only by hiking trail and rail with breathtaking coastal views and colorfully quaint villages. The trails can be challenging at times and it is...
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19018 Vernazza, SP, Italy
Few will argue that Vernazza is the most picturesque of the Cinque-Terres towns. Rent an apartment for a couple of night, and use it as your base camp for exploring the other towns nearby. The views are impressive from the hiking trails, and a...
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Str. di Certosa, 82/86, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
There is an intimate hotel in the hills of Tuscany near Siena called Certosa di Maggiano. It is pure magic. Tranquil and filled with old Italian charm, this is a place to go and chill out. Strada di Certosa 82/86, 39/0577-28-81-80. Rene Redzepi...
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Via Talosa, 21, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
Montepulciano is a beautiful little village in the heart of Tuscany, and staying at the ever-so-lovely Hotel Meuble Il Riccio with this breathtaking view over the valley was an unforgettable experience.