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Via del Porrione, 33, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
One of the best places to eat in Siena lies a few minutes’ walk from historic Piazza del Campo and inhabits an atmospheric room lined with old glass and wood cabinets full of books and wine bottles. It may be informal, but the gourmet food is top...
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Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
The floor of the Cathedral of Siena, 'the most beautiful... largest and magnificent... that ever was made' (Giorgio Vasari) worth a visit by sure, believe me! Every year I come back there when it is open, two months a year from the week after the...
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53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
It is so easy to get lost here, and to find yourself. I walked on cobbled stones through a quiet neighbourhood - every turn looks like a postcard.
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
There is magic in the cobblestone streets of Lucca, Italy. Surrounded by its original city walls, this enchanting city in Tuscany is rich in history and has a casual, elegant feel. Sophisticated, older women in black suits and pink glasses ride...
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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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Arno, Italy
I knew Pisa would be crowded with Leaning-Tower-gawkers. I, of course, was one of them. But as evening fell, I was amazed at how quiet the banks of the Arno were, just a few blocks away. This trip to Italy was the 'last hurrah' of my...
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Via Sant'Andrea, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
My husband and I visited Italy in May, and one of our favorite stops was the charming Tuscan town of Lucca. After wandering through the town for a few hours we decided to climb this tower, which offered a perfect view of Lucca from above. It's...
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Piazza San Michele, 30, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
This town was amazing. On the outside, it looked like any bustling metropolis. But when you moved in towards the center, all you saw was a massive wall. This wall surrounded the older city center. This picture is of the very center of the old part...
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255 Viale Castracani, Arancio, LU 55100, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Whenever you visit a country where you don't speak the language, one of the first tasks you have is finding enough key phrases to get by. On our recent trip to Italy, one of our favorite phrases was "un cono di gelato per favore." For three weeks,...
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One of the best tastes of a trip to Lucca is Buccellato, a sweet bread flavored with anise and raisins. I discovered the best version of it here, a bakery that's been run by the same family since 1881. It was delicious with an espresso to fortify...
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
LOVE this shop in Lucca's Piazza Anfiteatro, created and run by four sisters who handcraft vibrant tableware, beauty products, a line of charming hand-printed cloth bags, and colorful paper products. The friendly staff and pretty displays make it...
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
If you happen to find yourself in Lucca on the third weekend of the month, you can’t fail to miss Tuscany’s second biggest antique market, a favorite with both vendors and visitors thanks to its setting among the town’s lovely old piazzas and...
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Via Tofori, 81, 55012 Capannori LU, Italy
Fattoria Maionchi is a a small little winery and olive oil producer just a short way outside of Lucca. They also apparently have rooms to rent, along with a delicious dinner. We didn't experience that but the proprietor was very welcoming. The...
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Località Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy
If you are looking for a fantastic meal of regional Tuscan specialties, look not farther than the lovely trattoria-pizzeria, Il Rosmarino. The menu, devised by chef, Francesco Ferretti, features regional specialties and, of course, Castelfalfi’s...
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Località Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy
Back in the days when the Medici family owned Castelfalfi, servants did the cooking and gardening. But since 2013, when the estate’s former tobacco workshop was turned into a 31-room hotel, guests have helped out in the kitchen, garden, and...
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If you are based in Florence and want to escape the city for a day of wine tasting and good food, Castello di Sonnino, home of the aristocratic Barone de Renzis Sonnino family, is only a twenty-minute drive away, and you can get there on the...
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53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy
What better way to finish off some heavy carbo loading, then light, delicious lemon gelato? Fragrant and citrusy, it was the perfect refresher before we walked thru the rest of San Gimiagnano.
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Castello di Poggio alle Mura, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
For nearly three centuries, workers serving the nobility at Castello Banfi in Tuscany lived in a small hamlet within the castle grounds. In 2007, however, the stone houses within their tiny village were completely renovated under the direction of...
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Piazzale Fortezza, 9, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
Montalcino, famous for its brunello, the best kept secret in Italy, is made purely for Sangiovese. Opulent, explosive fruity in the palate, a wine not for the faint-hearted.
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Località Bagni di Petriolo, 58045 Pari, Civitella Paganico GR, Italy
Relax in the warm volcanic water emerging from deep underground. These natural spas were known by the Romans, who came here for their yearly health retreat.
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50021 Sant'Appiano FI, Italy
Wine tasting in the cellar over dried meats, cheese, pasta, and bread drizzled with balsamic. The Italian experience everyone must have.
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Southern Europe
Just arrived last night to Moncioni, Italy about an hour south of Florence. Every breath of this air is enlivening. The luscious and rolling landscape massages our souls. The food truly makes you feel more alive because it awakens every sense....
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53017 Radda in Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy
Not sure how La Petraia remains a secret. Set in the hills and surrounded by cypress trees, this property offers all possible Tuscan delights. Everything, from honey to wine, that Chef Susan Grant prepares, from the honey to the wine, is produced...
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Localita' Spannocchia, 167, 53012 Chiusdino SI, Italy
Spannocchia, an organic working farm, is one of my favorite places in Tuscany. Vacation rentals in rustic Tuscan farmhouses or in the main Castello are available on a weekly basis. We stayed in Palazze Torre which we were convinced was haunted –...
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53024 Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy
One recent trip through Tuscany I made the day trip from Siena to Montalcino and it was incredible. A small, historic little town, set up on a hill, Montalcino is of course famous for their red wine: brunello di montalcino. Stroll around, take...
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53030 Radicondoli, Province of Siena, Italy
I enjoy guiding groups of up to 12 people through an exciting food, wine and cultural experience that includes cooking with village women and learning their grandmother's kitchen secrets; walks in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, a visit to a...
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53012 Chiusdino, Province of Siena, Italy
A short drive from the charming wine-lovers town of Montalcino is the beautiful ruins of San Galgano. Once an abbey from the 12th century, the structure stands in ruin today. The church is well-preserved enough to get a sense of the Gothic...
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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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Via Porta Giustizia, 39, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
This is Orto de Pecci, a green area in the back side of Piazza del Mercato. A place so close but yet so far from the noise of the city. When you arrive here along a gravel road as those you can see in the Chianti area it seems to be catapulted...
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Via di Monna Agnese, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
When I want to feel like I am on travel while I live and work in Siena I go to this special little restaurant located at walking distace from the Chathedral Square. It is characterized by a wide choice of champagne, typical Tuscan meat menu and...
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Piazza Roma, 6/A, 53035 Monteriggioni SI, Italy
Monteriggioni is one of the most perfectly preserved villages in Tuscany if not all of Italy. This sleepy little village is surrounded by well-maintained fortress walls and towers. It is a joy for those who want to photograph travel sites that are...
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53011 Fonterutoli, Province of Siena, Italy
The aristocratic Mazzei family has been making wine on this estate, immersed in typically rolling Chianti countryside near Castellina, since 1435. Today, you can visit the state-of-the-art cellars, taste the award-winning wines and sample the...
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Piazza del Duomo, 1, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
Founded in the 9th century, Santa Maria della Scala was one of Europe’s first hospitals. It was also one of the first hospitals anywhere to disinfect its equipment and only stopped taking in patients in the 1980s. (The writer Italo Calvino died...
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53035 Monteriggioni, Province of Siena, Italy
Monteriggioni is a tiny walled town populated by a handful of shops and restaurants. But, in its day, it was front line defence for Siena from the rival Florentines. In fact, it was so important that the town was even mentioned in Dante’s Divine...
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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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Via Lamole, 6, 50022 Greve in Chianti FI, Italy
If I had a choice, this is where I would have my final meal. The scenic drive past houses and wineries should not be missed, so be sure to arrive by daylight then.....the terrace view! We had dinner here but, if you have a trek back to your hotel...
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Via della Sapienza, 25, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
A ten-minute walk from the Palazzo del Campo will get you to Campo Regio Relais, a six-room boutique hotel housed inside an old historic building. Whether on the terrace or walking by foot, guests can easily see the surrounding medieval villages...
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Piazza Grande, 52100 Arezzo AR, Italy
Once a month, Arezzo plays host to an antiques fair that is centered in the Piazza Grande and branches out into the adjacent streets, seemingly engulfing most of the small town. I enjoyed looking at the old furniture, jewelry, and books for sale,...
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52044 Cortona, Province of Arezzo, Italy
While in Italy in May, my husband and I especially enjoyed our drives through Tuscany and Umbria. The hill towns throughout the region are wonderful to explore, and the views along the winding cypress-lined roads are picture perfect, like these...
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Corso il Rossellino, 16, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy
The town of Pienza in beautiful Tuscany is a must-see on any trip to the region. The drive to Pienza winds you through the famed Val d'Orcia, whose postcard-perfect views most people associate with Tuscany: rolling green hills, stately cypresses,...
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Via Mangiavacchi, 37, 53026 Piennza SI, Italy
One of the most delicious towns in Tuscany - and most beautiful - is the charming Pienza. Situated between Montepulciano and Montalcino in the scenic Val d'Orcia, centuries-old Pienza is best known for its rich pecorino cheeses. Many feel that the...
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del Borghetto, Strada Comunale, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy
For two weeks, I volunteered as a WWOOFer at Podere Il Casale where after a day in the gardens, milking goats, or serving cheese tastings to tourists, we all gathered for a staff meal. We ate simple, delicious food like chestnut linguini with...
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53026 Monticchiello SI, Italy
Go to Palazzo Massaini and sleep at la pieve agriturismo, few km from pienza heading Montepulciano
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Piazza di S. Francesco, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
Simply watching at this increbile blue sky from the deck of Locanda San Francesco's wine bar "E lucevan le stelle"
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Via Dè Cenci, 17, 52100 Arezzo AR, Italy
Tucked along a small cobbled road in the historic center of Arezzo - in the heart of Tuscany - is this small pasticceria. Family run for generations, this warm and cozy shop produces the best biscotti and pastries in Arezzo. And, as our...
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52031 Anghiari AR, Italy
If you find yourself with a car in eastern Tuscany, the town of Anghiari is worth a visit. Located between the Arno and the Tiber Rivers, Anghiari is a bustling medieval town with a panoramic view of the green valley below. Anghiari's thirteenth...
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Piazza Garibaldi, 1, 52044 Cortona AR, Italy
If you've just arrived in Cortona, Italy (the Tuscan hill-town made famous in Frances Mayes' memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun), I recommend dining on your first night at Ristorante Tonino. Your seat on the outdoor terrace guarantees a spectacular...
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Via dell'Opio Nel Corso, 34, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
[CLOSED] A Gambe di Gatto is a tiny restaurant in Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy with fabulous food. The service is very slow as it just a husband and wife team. Laura cooks, Emanuel serves. Using only local products, mostly organic, they do a...
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Via S. Francesco, 7, 52043 Castiglion Fiorentino AR, Italy
I have eaten well in my life. I have lived in many places, including the last 7 months in Italy. I have never. But never. Eaten like I did at Da Muzzicone. It was at da Muzzicone where I finally realized what all the fuss around Tuscan food was...
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Via A. Novella, 2, 06061 Castiglione del Lago PG, Italy
Very good location for enjoying wine & very good food !
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Via Lando di Duccio, 5, 53049 Montefollonico, Torrita di Siena SI, Italy
I stumbled upon 13 Gobbi quite by accident and, like so many other meals in Italy, left completely elated by the serendipity of it all. But, unlike some other Italian meals I've enjoyed in my travels, I left leaving a piece of my heart in the...
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Località S. Martino Bocena, 370, 52044 Cortona AR, Italy
After being welcomed by a glass of wine, we spent the afternoon learning to make handmade pici (a Tuscan pasta specialty), ricotta squash blossoms, and veal stuffed with an olive tapenade wrapped in bacon fat. For dessert we perfected the art of...
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104, Via Fegina, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy
While waiting for a table at the exquisite ristorante Miky in Monterosso's "New Town," I stepped outside to watch the sun descend behind the cliffs of Cinque Terre. With a glass of Vernaccia from San Gimignano, which I had visited myself just days...
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Molo dei Pescatori, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy
While in Cinque Terre on a Angelo's Boat tour, I discovered how fun it is to see coastline towns and cities from the water. Especially when there are great places to stop and swim. I've since done similar tours in Sorrento, Italy and Barcelona, ...
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Via Guidoni, 19018 Vernazza SP, Italy
Any meal served in an eleventh century castle overlooking the sea has to be good. But dinner at Belforte in Vernazza (Cinque Terre) is an experience to be rivaled by few others. Daniele can tell you about the most recent catch, the housemade...
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Via Guidoni, 56, 19018 Vernazza SP, Italy
I was hungry and wanted to see the sunset. As a solo traveler, getting to do both -- eat well at a table with a view -- was tough. They wanted to save the best for duos. So after being given a lame table at a chic-chic (read: super expensive) spot...
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Via Fieschi, 115, 19018 Corniglia SP, Italy
While hiking the Cinque Terre, it's imperative to hydrate. And everyone knows that in Italy, you hydrate best with vino, right? Right. Upon reaching the top of the 365 stairs from the train station to the top of town, I stopped into Enoteca Pirun....
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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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Via Renato Birolli, 103, 19017 Manarola, Riomaggiore SP, Italy
While Vernazza and Monteroso were nearly devastated by the floods and mudslides of October 2011, Manarola luckily fared much better. Only now nearly back to normal, the villages welcome visitors to enjoy the bounty of her waters --- especially...
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Riomaggiore SP, Italy
Made from chickpea (ceci) flour, olive oil, water, and salt, this delicious 'flat bread' is a specialty of the entire Ligurian coast. Find these warm breads topped with rosemary, garlic, and/or other more traditional pizza toppings. Enjoy straight...
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Via A. Rollandi, 122, 19017 Manarola, Riomaggiore 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...