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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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The Medici Family: Theatrical Performance Followed by a Tuscan Dinner

The last descendants of the legendary Medici Family come to life in the evocative space of an ancient Baroque church. Presented inside the former Convent of Fuligno, enjoy a masterpiece of “infotainment”, that skillfully blends history and traditional customs with modern technology covering the story of the Medici Dynasty. After the show, enjoy a delicious Tuscan dinner in an historical restaurant located only a few minutes away from the theater.

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Private Tour: The Secrets of Florence

With this private tour you will be offered something outside of the typical basic tours that abound. Experience a pleasant two-hour walking tour along with your guide through the historical center of the city. You will head through the narrow streets in order to make you breath and feel the real city, you will hear the stories and anecdotes that have lived these places, some of them true tragedies.

Nothing in Florence is coincidental. Everything has a reason why and we will show you some of the mysteries and secrets of the city.

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Half-Day Horseback Ride in Tuscany

Discover Tuscany on horseback! Ride through native woods, medieval villages, and blooming meadows on this small-group horseback tour for experienced and intermediate experience levels.

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Private 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Museo di San Marco in Florence

2-hour tour in the historic district of San Giovanni in Florence, basilica San Marco, a burial place of Beato Angelico, Agnolo Poliziano and Savonarola.

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