Palazzetta Guide

Montalcino is known for the world famous Brunello wine, but there is so much more to discover. We will let you into those secrets with the Palazzetto Guide

Made in: Montalcino
Tour Brunello Vineyards

Activities Tour Brunello Vineyards

Montalcino is home to Italy's most famous wine, Brunello. There are 263 Brunello vineyards within a 5-mile radius of the historic city center. And the world attention from Brunello wine has made Montalcino one of the most thriving hilltowns in Italy.

Locanda Demetra

Restaurants Locanda Demetra

This little restaurant was named one of the top ten restaurants in Tuscany, and luckily only half a kilometer down the road from Villa Palazzetta. Every day there are new dishes and the menu radically changes as the season changes and different fresh items become locally available. I promise this will be one of the most memorable eating experiences you'll have in Tuscany. You'll eat, drink and laugh your way through an amazing culinary experience. But take it from me, book your reservation

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Truffle hunting with Nico - Montisi

Activities Truffle hunting with Nico - Montisi

Small slices of grilled bread, a fried quail egg, topped with fresh shaved white truffle. Divine!! To make this delicious dish you will need to get your hands on some fresh truffles. A traditional Truffle hunt in the woods near Montisi is an extraordinary experience.

Pool & Plinius Playlists

Activities Pool & Plinius Playlists

There is so much to see and do around Villa Palazzetta but a day relaxing at the pool should definitely be on the schedule. Grab your favourite book, podcast or Plinius Playlist and enjoy a day lounging surrounded by an incredible view, nature and luxury.

Not for sale, but....

Aperitivo Not for sale, but....

A delightful story how this wine originated. It is not for sale but for those lucky people staying at Villa Palazzetta get to chance to drink this wine during their stay and it's pretty darn good!

Pizza Night at Palazzetta

Activities Pizza Night at Palazzetta

When restoring Villa Palazzetta, one of the things that was on the top of the list was a real wood-burning pizza oven. Pizza night is definitely a must when staying here. The wonderful Raffaella will come to villa to make for you or with you delicious authentic Italian pizzas

Locanda Drogheria Franci.

Restaurants Locanda Drogheria Franci.

In addition to its wonderful wine list, which has made it a favorite for local producers, and more traditional Tuscan fare like tagliatelle with white truffles, the spot has lighter options, for example quinoa salad with raw vegetables, mint, and sunflower seeds. Monday and Tuesday Closed Lunch from 12:30 to 14:30 Dinner from 7.30pm to 10pm

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Enoteca la Fortezza - Montalcino

Enoteca Enoteca la Fortezza - Montalcino

The tasting room in the fortress of Montalcino is the only place you can sample most of the area’s producers in one spot. We highly recommend the 2012 Diecianni Brunello Riserva.

Cooking class with Raffaella - Montalcino

Activities Cooking class with Raffaella - Montalcino

Born in Como in northern Italy, Raffaella’s first career was in TV and film production in Milan before she moved to Val d’Orcia in 2003. Sharing her Tuscan life with Montalcino architect Marco Pignattai and their two sons, she finally has the time to knead all the pasta, pizza and pastry dough she always wanted to. Raffaella’s cooking is based on seasonal ingredients and the distinctive flavors of Italy’s regional recipes, which have been handed down from generation to generation. In her kitchen taste is king, but looks aren’t unimportant either.

The Truffle Hunters (2020)

Activities The Truffle Hunters (2020)

Going on a truffle hunt in Tuscany comes highly recommended. To get a better understanding of the life of the truffle hunter, watch the movie The Truffle Hunters. “A scrumptious cinematic journey. Try not to fall hard for the joy it spreads.” “Gorgeous. Unique. Delightful. Visual Poetry. A fascinating glimpse inside a world of arcane knowledge and the luxury market that feeds off it. A constant feast for the eyes and a nourishment for the soul, giving the illusion of a journey back in time to a pre-technology age of simpler pleasures.” “An eccentric world that you have never heard of, never seen...”

Taverna del Grappolo Blu - Montalcino

Restaurants Taverna del Grappolo Blu - Montalcino

The name of this typical restaurant hints at Montalcino’s main activity (grappolo is the Italian for a bunch of grapes). Traditional Tuscan dishes made from carefully chosen ingredients served in a pleasantly convivial atmosphere. Michelin Guide: Bib Gourmand

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Boccon DiVino - Montalcino

Restaurants Boccon DiVino - Montalcino

In a farmhouse on the edges of town, this restaurant has a rustic dining area with modern tables and chairs and a beautiful summer terrace with a view. Authentic local Tuscan dishes.

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Campo del Drago - Montalcino

Restaurants Campo del Drago - Montalcino

This top quality, contemporary restaurant is strategically located in the centre of the village. It offers fine cuisine, an elegant ambience and attentive service, ensuring that guests enjoy a relaxing dining experience. One MICHELIN Star.

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Sailing from Portiglioni to Elba

Activities Sailing from Portiglioni to Elba

It's easy to rent a boat from any harbour, with /without a skipper with clickandboat. The owners of villa Palazzetta made it a full day trip; leaving at 8am, lunch at a nice little restaurant in Porto Azzurro on Elba and back for a sea-food dinner at nearby Castiglione della Pescaia, back home at 11pm.

Casa Boscherini - home restaurant

Restaurants Casa Boscherini - home restaurant

The most amazing dining experience, Six kilometers up a very narrow winding road and 600 meters above the upper reaches of the Arno River, nestled in the Apennine Mountains is Casa Boscherini. This tiny "Home Restaurant" is now booked months in advance. There is one table that seats a maximum of eight people, a wood cookstove, geese, chickens and Tacco the turkey . Edoardo uses fresh goose eggs and chicken eggs from his local team in his cooking along with many wild herbs sourced from around his house. But make no mistake, he's also a true gourmet chef.

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Our Hero. As in Chef Hiro.

Restaurants Our Hero. As in Chef Hiro.

There are two chefs at Villa Palazzetta. First is adopted nonna, Chef Paola, who makes traditional Montalcinese fare just like your Italian grandmother would have done it. And now for those wanting something less traditional, there's our hero, Chef Hiro. Chef Hiro came to Italy back in the 90's knowing almost no Italian. He's originally from Kyoto, Japan. Hiro worked for a Michelin star chef at a local Brunello vineyard and even had his own restaurant for a while in nearby Buonconvento. Now he's catering private parties and is available to cook for our guests at Villa Palazzetta.

Osteria di Porta al Cassero - Montalcino

Restaurants Osteria di Porta al Cassero - Montalcino

This is Montalcino. Simple food prepared in the way the locals appreciate. Family operated it provides a buzzy atmosphere where you can have local food at local prices. Good wine-list as well. Osteria di Porta al Cassero is a slowfood restaurant. Always busy, booking recommended

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Culture Montepulciano

Montepulciano is definitely on the tourist trail but worth a visit for it’s stunning architecture – from the gracious elegance of San Biagio to the Piazza Grande with some of the best views in Southern Tuscany. Montepulciano is home to Vino Nobile – so called because the Vatican sent emissaries to this magnificent hilltop town for its local wine. The hill is honeycombed with tunnels and cantine where the vino nobile is made and stored in barrels and bottles. Plinius favorites: Caffè Poliziano (coffee / aperitivo), La Grotta (lunch/dinner), the Talosa wine Cellar, Fattoria San Martino (lunch / dinner)

Bagno Vignoni

Culture Bagno Vignoni

Famous for its wonderful thermal baths which have been in use since Roman times. This small town is just a half hour drive from Invidia. It makes a lovely half day outing or a full day if combined with nearby San Quirico d’Orsi

La Bandita Townhouse - Restaurant - Pienza

Restaurants La Bandita Townhouse - Restaurant - Pienza

Our absolute favorite place to go in Pienza for lunch or dinner is La Bandita Townhouse, a small restaurant and wine bar with an open kitchen. There is also a gorgeous covered outdoor seating area inside the walled medieval garden. John Voigtmann is the owner and manager of La Bandita Townhouse.

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