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Via S. Martino, 17, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italy
Medieval hill towns in Italy were built for security. They endure for romance. San Gimignano, about 30 miles south of Florence and 35 miles north of Sienna, is one of a the best loved and most visited.
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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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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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53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy
Wandering side streets in San Gimignano, as in other Tuscan hill towns, lets you juxtapose and contemplate your life lived on this block and the one left at home a million miles away.
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Piazza San Felice, 8r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Rosticcerias normally just offer cooked food-to-go, but this one is also has a basic restaurant space at the back, so you can choose what looks good from the hot food counter and grab a table at the back. The spit-roast chicken with roast potatoes...
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Via dei Renai, 17/r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
[CLOSED] This sleek, red-and-black-interiored bar is one of the coolest places in town for an aperitivo and really good background sounds. Your aperitivo of choice has to be a Negroni (equal parts gin, Martini Rosso and Campari plus a twist of...
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piazza del campo 3/4, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
In the great rivalry between Florence and Siena, even passionate Florentines will likely concede that when it comes to sweets, Siena has the edge. Many of the signature desserts have their roots in the town’s ancient monasteries and...
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Via dei Michelozzi, 9/R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
In spite of featuring in all the guide books, this Santo Spirito favourite has a loyal local following, and the place is always packed out with a mix of tourists and Florentines who line up for good value, homecooked food. I would recommend...
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Southern Europe
Perfect place to rest and enjoy a gelato or two on a sunny fall afternoon.
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Località Foce, 19013 Deiva Marina SP, Italy
While I stayed in Florence, I hopped onto the train to get to Cinque Terre. I was actually supposed to go to the Ufuzi museum, but went to this gorgeous location instead. Must do. Bring a good pair of hiking shoes!
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53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
One of the best bakeries in all of Italy has to be the Pasticceria Nannini (http://www.grupponannini.it/default.aspx), located in the gorgeous Tuscan hill town of Siena. Probably Siena's most well-known bakery and cafe, Pasticceria Nannini offers...
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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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Il Campo, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
Considered one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares, the Piazza del Campo—or, simply, Il Campo—has been at the heart of life in Siena since it began as a marketplace and meeting spot for the area’s villages; the...
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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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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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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
One of my favorite things in Sienna, Italy, when I visited this May was the gorgeous duomo. While every town's duomo seemed more beautiful than the one before, Sienna's duomo topped them all in my mind, with its ornate black and white stripes....
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The cheapest way of drying your clothes. Good example, in the narrow Siena city streets.
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Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
Friends with a home outside of Rome had told me on my first trip to Italy, that one of the crown jewels of visiting Tuscany would be to spend the entire day in Siena. Really? A whole day? Yes they said. You will go to the Duomo Siena and be...
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Via Castruccio Buonamici, 352, 55100 S. Anna,Lucca LU, Italy
My husband and I visited Lucca, Italy, in May. Just when I thought the charming town couldn't get any more beautiful, the sun went down and the lights came on, exposing a whole new beauty. Lucca is not a place to be missed, and make sure to stick...
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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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Via dell' Anfiteatro, 5, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
While wandering through Lucca, Italy, in May, my husband and I were struck by the town's rustic beauty and rich history. But once the sun set and the lights went on, Lucca became a whole different type of beautiful. Definitely not a town to be...
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Via Arancio, 1, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Climbing up the narrow, steep steps, anticipating the views that awaited us, we were not disappointed when we reached the top. It's kind of like the ocean, you can stare for a long time and not get bored. The views of the city of Lucca with the...
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53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy
The walled hilltop town of San Gimignano was my favorite in all of Tuscany. Beautiful medieval architecture, tall towers, and a stunning view of the Tuscan landscape surrounding the town make San Gimignano a not-to-be-missed stop on any trip...
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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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Via Piandornella, 15, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italy
Trademark towers signal your arrival in San Gimignano. A bowl of ribolita and glass of Vernaccia wine entice you to stay for a while.