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  • Vernaccia di San Gimignano is the characteristic white wine - crisp, full-bodied, golden-hued, and popular since Dante’s day. To round off a Tuscan fest, dip cantuccini, crunchy almond biscuits, into Vin Santo, the region’s amber-hued dessert wine.

    Tuscany’s olive oil has long been famous for its quality and excellent flavour and texture. The San Gimignano locals are passionate about olive oil, where olives have been grown locally since Etruscan times. Such is the case on the Montenidoli estates. This cru of Extra Vergine di San Gimignano is a tasty example.

    Meats are to the fore, with fennel salami often on the menu, as is rabbit. The meat dish par excellence is still the bistecca alla fiorentina, a vast, tender, juicy and succulent T-bone steak. That said, given San Gimignano’s closeness to Siena, expect plenty of Sienese dishes, too. In the Sienese countryside, the white-striped Cinta Senese breed has been producing the region’s finest pork and charcuterie since the Etruscan era. Hunting is a popular sport, resulting in plentiful offerings of cinghiale (wild boar), which come in many guises on local menus. Despite conservationists’ pleas, small birds, from sparrows to quail, are still considered fair game.

  • Cum Quibus

    Run by an enthusiastic young team, this pricey gourmet spot makes a change from run-of-the-mill tourist traps. The focus is on intensely-flavoured Tuscan ingredients, ranging from rabbit-stuffed cannelloni to chicken liver with Vin Santo or a squid-with-panzanella combination. The rustic-style dining room is at odds with an ambitious menu, one that delivers curious taste combinations that work. This is a recommended Michelin Bib Gourmand, meaning a charming small restaurant.

    Day closed: Tuesday
    Address: Via S. Martino, 17, 53037 San Gimignano (SI)
    Web: www.cumquibus.it

  • Dorandò

    This atmospheric gourmet restaurant is set in a 14th-century mansion close to Piazza del Duomo. The cosy mood is accentuated by the ancient stonework and vaulted brick ceilings, with paintings by local artists on the walls. This upmarket, stylish spot specialises in recipes from the past, such as rabbit stuffed in pasta, or crispy vegetables with San Gimignano saffron. The dishes are matched by a fine Tuscan wine list, as only to be expected in a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.

    Address: Vicolo dell’Oro 2, San Gimignano
    Web: www.ristorantedorando.it

  • Osteria delle Catene

    Tucked away on a side street, this friendly, mid-priced inn serves an interesting twist on the Tuscan menu, with plenty of local saffron dishes. Choose between the brick, vaulted interior and the small, sloping terrace. Fans of saffron should try the `medieval saffron soup’ (with leeks and ham) or pici, a stubby pasta, with saffron and ricotta, or a saffron chicken main course. Finish with the mascarpone and saffron tart or panna cotta with saffron and pine nuts. If you’re not into saffron, opt for hearty staples such as wild boar, sausages and beans. Typical meaty dishes include Chianina beef casserole or wild boar ragu with pappardelle pasta.

    Address: Via Mainardi 18, San Gimignano
    Web: www.osteriadellecatene.it

  • Ristorante Da Pode

    Set in a converted farmhouse 2kms out of town, the setting is charming, all beams and terracotta floors. On the menu are big portions of traditional Tuscan dishes prepared by Signora Lucia. Tuck into T-bone steak or pasta with a meaty (ragu) sauce. This mid-priced inn is also a recommended Michelin Bib Gourmand, meaning a charming, small restaurant.

    Address: Localita Sovestro 63, 53037, San Gimignano
    Web: www.dapode.com

  • Ristorante Tre Archi

    A husband and wife team run this typical, good-value Tuscan trattoria. The homely, rustic-style dining room is a backdrop for a feast of hearty ribollita soup, tagliatelle with funghi porcini (ceps, in season), taglierini pasta with truffles (in season), T-bone steak, grilled lamb or wild boar stew. Meals usually begin with a tasting of Tuscan olive oils. The restaurant is in Castel San Gimignano, almost equidistant between Colle Val d’Elsa (10 kms), San Gimignano (12kms) and Volterra (15 kms).

    Address: Castel San Gimignano, 35/B, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa
    Web: www.ristorantetrearchi.com

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Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence

Indulge your love of Italian food in Tuscany, and enjoy a full-day tour that combines a market visit with a cooking class and 4-course meal with wine! After scouting out quality local ingredients at a historical Florence food market, travel to a rustic farmhouse in Tuscany, surrounded by exquisite countryside. Then, prepare your feast of pasta, bruschetta and Tuscan roast pork, plus beloved desserts such as tiramisu, before savoring the creations with Tuscan wine. Up to four glasses of wine are included throughout the day as well as a cooking diploma and the recipes.

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Cinque Terre Private Tour - A Sea of Beauty

CINQUE TERRE PRIVATE TOUR - A SEA OF BEAUTY
A whole, intense and unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the World.

Five villages, suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards, which will allow us to immerse into a little piece of Heaven. 

  • LA SPEZIA
  • RIOMAGGIORE
  • VERNAZZA
  • CORNIGLIA
  • MANAROLA
  • MONTEROSSO
KIND NOTE: In the range the customers will be have time to see at least 3 different towns (the more beautiful thera are in bolt above). The 5 Terre there are mainly a walking/hiking destinations. If you like to walk you will be time to see at least 3/4 villages. Group Maximum in each van: 8 travelers (always small group). We can accomodate more peoples in different vans

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Searching for truffles

Searching for truffles in Tuscany with an expert truffles hunter: it’s a special experience which allows you to discover how nature can offer hidden treasures….
The truffles hunter, with his dog along, will teach you the techniques to find a truffle enough to make you so enthusiast of your choice!!
And after the search…let’s go and taste a good truffle dinner!!
Enjoy the Tuscan recipes: delights for the palate!

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Private Truffle Cooking Class with Dinner

Private Hands-on cooking class featuring personal chef

Theme: TRUFFLE!
Specially designed and programmed according to your preferences. 
This Course will let you enjoy this unique culinary experience exclusively for you, without other participants.
If you like to completely customize your experience this is the class for you.

If you are a truffle gourmet and connoisseurs this is the exclusive class followed by a luxury truffle lunch or dinner for you!
After the truffle cooking class, taste the dishes that you have prepared from scratch, sitting comfortably at your table and enjoy!
The dinner or lunch will be accompanied by tasting of wines chosen specifically for your dishes.

from 186,07 US Dollar
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