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  • This is a seriously foodie area, with hearty cuisine matched by Sienese regional wines ranging from the simpler Rosso di Montalcino to the more structured Brunello di Montalcino. Robust peasant dishes are popular, such as zuppa di fagioli, bean soup, crostini with chicken liver, tagliatelle with truffles, or homemade pici pasta with meaty sauces. 

    The Sienese also have a sweet tooth, and pastries have their own saint watching over them, San Lorenzo (St Lawrence). Panforte, a rich, filling, fruit, nut and honey cake, dates back to 1205, and is often eaten accompanied by sweet Vin Santo. Panpepato, a spicier version, pre-dates it. The delicacy was originally the preserve of Sienese nuns, who guarded their secret recipes, which were also a source of revenue. When footsore, retreat to an historic café to sample the best pastries - see Shopping. Also see Eating and Dining in Montepulciano, Pienza, Val d’Orcia.

  • Osteria Le Logge

    Just off the Campo, this retro, gourmet inn serves light, playful takes on Tuscan classics. This reliable, upmarket restaurant is set in an old-world pharmacy and herbalist's, with an authentic dark-wood and marble interior. The locals appreciate the antipasti and pasta, along with the rabbit and pigeon dishes. The wine list includes the owners’ wine and oil from their Montalcino estate.

    Address: Via del Porrione 33, 53100 Siena
    Web: www.osterialelogge.it

  • Ristorante Il PorriOne

    In terms of design, the interior is classic Tuscan rustic-elegant style, with exposed brick walls, just off the Campo. Instead, the dishes are distinctly creative and international, with an exceptional wine list to match. Run by an owner-chef, this pricey fine-dining spot serves inventive dishes, such as soup with cherries and prawns. Be prepared for culinary surprises.

    Address: Via del Porrione 28, 53100 Siena
    Web: www.porrionecucinaevino.it

  • Antico Osteria Da Divo

    This romantic restaurant adjoins the medieval city walls. The main (medieval) dining room is far better than the musty vaulted Etruscan caverns, which are much like dining in an Etruscan tomb. The menu is Tuscan with a twist. Starters include Tuscan cured meats or Pecorino cheese Soufflé served with Chianti Classico wine reduction. Florentine steak, funghi porcini risotto or wild boar with roast vegetables might follow. In season, the truffle-tasting menu features truffles from the `Crete senesi’, the moonscape south of Siena. Depending on the dish, menus are mid-priced or above.

    Address: Via Franciosa 25- 29, 53100 Siena
    Web: www.osteriadadivo.it

  • Enoteca I Terzi

    This good-value inn and wine bar is about the mood as much as the food. Bare-brick walls set the tone for a place that incorporates a medieval tower. The inn is essentially laidback and welcoming, with a traditional Tuscan menu. Regulars come for filling antipasti, pasta, grills and Tuscan `Chianina’ steak. Another popular dish is pici al ragu, meat sauce with the chunky spaghetti favoured in Siena. The inn prides itself on not imposing a cover or service charge.

    Address: Via dei Termini 7, 53100 Siena
    Web: www.enotecaiterzi.it

  • Gino Cacino

    This snack bar and delicatessen is handy for a tasty lunch on the run. Set near the Campo, on one of the city’s prettiest squares, it is run by an affable Tuscan foodie.  The specialities include meat or cheese-filled panini, washed down by a glass of wine. Gino’s devotion to cheese means he’s dubbed `King of Parmesan and Pecorino.’  Try the cheeses, from Gorgonzola and Taleggio or go for Sienese salami and porchetta, or artichokes and tomato salad.

    Address: Piazza del Mercato 31, 53100 Siena
    Web: www.gincacinosiena.it

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Name your recipe: food market tour and workshop with a Cesarina in Montepulciano

Have you ever been to a local market and traditional food shop in Italy, full of ingredients you'd love to experiment with? This is your chance to  visit a market with a local expert, choose your most inspiring ingredients, and create and name your very own recipe. 

Go food shopping with your Cesarina and choose 3-5 staple ingredients that capture your imagination
before immersing yourself in a private cooking class at their home. With their expert guidance, you will learn how to prepare your chosen ingredients and make your own Italian creations. Cultivate your creativity and confidence in the kitchen by adding an Italian flair to your dishes. 

Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

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Florence Vasari Corridor and Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

Discover two of Florence’s richest art showcases on this 5.5-hour walking tour of the Vasari Corridor and Pitti Palace's Palatine Gallery. With an expert guide, roam the Vasari Corridor, the secret city passageway built for Florence’s Medici rulers in 1564. See its magnificent collection of 17th- and 18th-century paintings and portraits, and admire its hidden views of the Arno River. After a break for lunch (own expense), visit the Medicis’ opulent Palatine Gallery, whose extravagant rooms house hundreds of works by Rubens, Raphael, Titian and other greats.

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Beer, wine and cheese tasting tour

Come and enjoy our new food paring tour. We will start the day off departing at 10:00 am from Florence at local Hotels, We will venture down through the hills of Chianti Classico for a great scenic ride, and will also be driving past the small town of Castellina in Chainti and San Donato. We will visit one local Brewery, a local organic and fun favorite Winery and a wonderful cheese tasting location. You will sample pairings different styles of beer and wine with food from the Chianti Classico Region at all venues. We will return to Florence or your place of lodging around 4:00pm.

from 232,58 US Dollar

Semi-Private DeepWine Chianti from Florence

Semi private DeepWine Chianti.
Enjoy an unforgettable day trip in the Chianti Region.Two wineries with cellar tours, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, tipycal tuscan snacks and amazin atmosfere! With its intimate setting, every guest feels like an extended family member at these small family-owned wineries. You will learn everything you need to know about their history of wine-making from their knowledgeable staff.

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