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70044 Polignano a Mare, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
If narrow winding streets, lethargic cafes, and warm salt air rumble through your dreams, than Polignano should be in your plans. This seaside town on Italy's southern Adriatic shores is remarkable in every sense. Perhaps its best feature is that...
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Southern Europe
Fly into Bari or Lecce. Rent a car. Go explore.
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70022 Altamura, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
These Messors Art Restoration Workshops include practical 'hands on' experiences in the process of conservation and restoration of Frescoes, Canvas, Wood, Stone and Decorative paintings and plaster in the rich cultural setting of Puglia region. By...
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70022 Altamura, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
The ancient city of Altamura (in Southern Italy) is perhaps most famous for its bread. But it's cobblestone streets that lead to time-halted cloisters, and their fierce grasp on old-world traditions could be the greatest asset. Altamura's position...
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70022 Altamura, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
Puglia maintains a strong grasp on the simple life. It's here that you can still find old-world shepherds, cheese makers, butchers and hand-picked olive farmers. This personal touch is why the food in this area is of the highest standard in all of...
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53024 Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy
There are a few places in this world that I return to time and time again due to their magic. Montalcino is one of those places for me. From its sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside to its peaceful medieval ambiance, the little village...
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52043 Castiglion Fiorentino, Province of Arezzo, Italy
Castiliogn Fiorentino is a medieval walled village in the heart of Tuscany. Approachable by train less than an hour south of Florence. It was a rainy Sunday. Almost deserted of tourists but full of lovely and welcoming locals. We hiked to the...
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53026 Pienza SI, Italy
Pienza, in the Tuscany region of Italy is best explored by bicycle.
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Strada Pedemontana, 58, 58011 Capalbio GR, Italy
A quiet flat road, a little inland from the beach, brings you to this exuberant, hidden treasure of Tuscany--Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden. It was her dream project--to create life size mosaic sculptures representing the figures of the Tarot...
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Piazza di S. Francesco, 5, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
Sunsets on Val D'Orcia are one of the most incredible views for those who are looking for an unforgettable Tuscan experience. From Piazza San Francesco in Montepulciano, you can admire an infinity of colors, changing every season. This hotel...
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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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Via Talosa, 8, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
There are several enotecas in Montepulciano to get your file of Vino Noble, the local varietal. The tasting room at Talosa is special because of the friendly and knowledgable hosts - Christian and Andreas. These two are so enthusiastic about their...
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Piazzetta del Teatro, 4, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
The store may overwhelm you at first—there are handcrafted copper items covering every surface—but spend a little time here and you'll see each piece serves a purpose as a tool for the Italian kitchen. There are sauce pans in every size, wine...
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Via di mezzo, 1, Torre del Colle, 06031 Bevagna PG, Italy
This little restaurant was found quite by accident on recent travels in Southern Tuscany, and now that I know where it is I know I'll forever have a reason to return to this part of Italy. Davide went to culinary school, studied in France, and...
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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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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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52044 Cortona, Province of Arezzo, Italy
Agritourism has become a big business in Tuscany from cooking schools to farm rentals. Alessandra Federici (far right) took a non-traditional route to building her agritourism business. She opened a cooking school in her own home. This deeply...
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Via Ciarliana, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
A walk on the vineyards, after the harvest, enjoying the sun of October. You don't need really a car, you can simply walk for a couple of kilometres out of the historic center and you will see the vineyards used for producing the famous Vino...
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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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Via dell'Orto 18, 52100 Arezzo AR, Italy
The first weekend of every month, the historic cobble-stoned streets in the center of our hometown, Arezzo, are off-limits to cars while they're filled with vendors selling furniture, paintings, glassware, jewelry, linens and vintage clothing at...
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52100 Arezzo, Province of Arezzo, Italy
Whether it's a cappuccino, named after Franciscan friars, or a bracing caffe corretto with a shot of grappa to fend off the cold, or a caffe shakerato in the summer, iced sweetened coffee and cream always shaken, not stirred -- Italy is THE place...
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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 Lando di Duccio, 5, 53040 Montefollonico 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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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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53045 Montepulciano, Province of Siena, Italy
We chanced upon the Osteria Aquacheta while exploring the lovely hill town of Montepulciano. Chef Giulio Ciolfi, the owner, specializes in the Tuscan specialty, the Bistecca al Florentia. Basically, the porterhouse cut from the local bred of...