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Eating & Drinking

  • This is an intensely foodie area, with Tuscan cuisine and local vintages taken very seriously, from Brunello di Montalcino to Rosso di Montalcino. Hearty peasant dishes are popular, such as pappa al Pomodoro, a bread, tomato and garlic soup, and crostini misti. Homemade pici pasta is often served with cacio e pepe (sheep's milk cheese and pepper) or sugo di anatra (duck sauce). Rich dishes made with wild boar or rabbit are also prized. Wine lists tend to be heavily Tuscan-based but most are excellent, even basic wines, as Tuscans wouldn’t expect anything less. Also see Eating and Dining in Montepulciano, Pienza, Val d’Orcia and their satelite villages. 

  • Osteria Di Porta Al Cassero

    This welcoming, rustic, mid-priced inn is in the historic centre, close to the Fortezza. Simple, seasonal, regional cooking is on the menu, from the stubby pasta with breadcrumbs (pici con le briciole) to pasta with porcini mushrooms, or a bread, tomato and garlic soup (pappa al pomodoro).
    Try the roast rabbit or the polenta with wild boar sauce, a regional speciality. Desserts are staples, from tiramisu to panna cotta and crème caramel.

    Address: 9, vl. della Liberta', 53024 Montalcino (SI)
    Tel: +39 0577 847196

  • Ristorante di Poggio Antico

    This popular inn is set on an equally sought-after wine estate 4kms outside Montalcino, on the Grosseto road. Diners generally combine a meal with a wine-tasting and visit to the adjoining wine estate. The welcoming restaurant has sweeping views of the hamlet of Sant’Angelo in Colle. Menus are varied, with a creative twist on Tuscan food but can range from tasting menus to vegetarian-friendly fare. 
    Address: Localita di Poggio Antico 53024 Montalcino (SI)
    Tel: +39 0577 848044
    Web: www.poggioantico.com

  • Castello Banfi

    If you succumb to the magic of Banfi (see Things to Do), consider dining under a vaulted ceiling in the elegant-rustic La Taverna or in the formal Sala dei Grappoli. Both restaurants are above average prices because you’re paying for sophisticated ambience, matched by an equally smooth sommelier. La Taverna feels far more Tuscan in menu and mood while Sala dei Grappoli is made for splashing out on creative cuisine and vintages such as Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello 2011.
    Address: Castello di Poggio alle Mura, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
    Tel: +39 0577 877700
    Web: www.castellobanfi.com

  • Taverna Grappolo Blu

    This is a cosy, well-run inn with a rustic atmosphere and welcoming service, as well as an array of fine Montalcino red wines. Typical dishes include filling soups, rabbit dishes and pasta with porcini mushrooms. The owner prides himself on his wine list and particular prized vintages can be bought to take away. Desserts range from ricotta and honey to lemon tart and chocolate soufflé. 
    Address: Scale di Via Moglio 1, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
    Tel: +39 0577 847150
    Web: www.grappoloblu.it

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Skip the Line: Small-Group Florence Renaissance Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

Combine a walking tour of Renaissance-era Florence with a skip-the-line tour of the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’ Accademia)! With a local guide, stroll around Florence’s historical center to see top sights like Florence Duomo as well as Renaissance architecture. Learn about influential Florentines like the Medici family and the poet Dante Alighieri, and then skip the lines to enter the Accademia Gallery. See Michelangelo’s original ‘David’ sculpture and learn all about the famous sculptor who hailed from Florence.

Numbers are limited to 14 on these two small-group tours, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

from 65,23 US Dollar

Truffle Picking with Lunch

With a local guide and a truffle hunting dog it is possible to participate in this unusual event of truffle hunting. After the hunt, you will be able to enjoy the truffles that you found with a lunch, all truffle based: home made pasta, main course and vegatable, dessert with wine pairing

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Private Tour: Perugia and Assisi Day Trip from Florence

Delve deep into the rolling Tuscan countryside and discover centuries of Italian history on this private day trip to Perugia and Assisi from Florence. Admire Lake Trasimeno from the fortress walls of medieval Passignano sul Trasimeno. Explore the 8th-century Etruscan origins of Perugia, where High Renaissance painter Raphael worked. Walk in the footsteps of Italy’s patron saint — St Francis of Assisi — in the lowlands beneath Mt Subasio. In Assisi, marvel at top city highlights such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Basilica of St Francis with your private guide.

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Uffizi Gallery Monolingual Tour from Lucca

Spend a day exploring the sights of Florence, including a guided skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi Gallery, with this 11.5-hour trip from Lucca. Enjoy plenty of free time in Florence before and after the Uffizi tour to see the sights at your leisure. See the unparalleled collection in the Uffizi Gallery during a roughly 2-hour tour, including works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci.

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