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Tuscany Travel Guide

Get ready to get under the skin of Tuscany by visiting local markets, tasting some of the best cuisine in the region, meet the locals and explore some of Tuscany's best kept secrets. A digital guide of Tuscany curated by Plinius. New places get added on a regular basis!

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Podere Il Casale - Slow food restaurant near Pienza with amazing view over the Val d'Orsia

Restaurants Podere Il Casale - Slow food restaurant near Pienza with amazing view over the Val d'Orsia

Podere il Casale hosts a 0km restaurant. Sit in the cosy, inner room or my favourite spot, outside is a splendid panoramic terrace overlooking the entire Val d’Orcia. The dishes are prepared with great care, using fresh products from the organic garden

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Osmosi - Slow food restaurant -Montepulciano

Restaurants Osmosi - Slow food restaurant -Montepulciano

Slow food restaurant in a historic villa overlooking vineyards in Montepulciano, this restaurant offers some of the most interesting cuisine in the area. Although the menu features a few local specialities, the cuisine is mainly experimental, with a focus on imaginative dishes of the highest quality.

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il Conte Matto - Slowfood restaurant in Trequanda with amazing view

Restaurants il Conte Matto - Slowfood restaurant in Trequanda with amazing view

The castle’s 14C hunting lodge has been converted into a showcase for Tuscan produce with a panoramic terrace overlooking the hills and glimpses of the surrounding countryside from the guestrooms. Specialities include pici pasta in a Chianina beef ragù, veal tagliata seasoned with three salts and herbs from the garden, and cantucci biscuits served with dessert wine.

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Castello di Ama - Wine, Art, Enoteca & Restaurant

Activities Castello di Ama - Wine, Art, Enoteca & Restaurant

Castello di Ama is truly a unique place. Located in a medieval hilltop town just north of Siena in Chianti, this winery feels like a fairytale—one that's also a destination for contemporary art. Lush vineyards produce award-winning wine; gardens are a backdrop to 16 site-specific works and installations by international artists: a.o Anish Kapoor, Miroslaw Balka, Kendell Geers, Chen Zhen, Daniel Buren. ‘Ristoro di Villa Pianigiani’ offers tasting of the Great Wines, by the bottle and by the glass. Everything contributes to the uniqueness of Ama. The restaurant of Villa Pianigiani is open every day, except Tuesdays, for lunch from 12:00pm to 2:30pm and on Thursday, Friday and Staurday evening, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, for dinner.

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Rent a vintage Fiat 500 & picnic - Pienza

Activities Rent a vintage Fiat 500 & picnic - Pienza

Another way to enjoy the Tuscan country side is on a vintage vespa scooter or vintage Fiat 500. A tour of the Val d’Orcia will take you through Tuscany that you are used to seeing on postcards. The road that takes you from Pienza to San Quirico is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Spellbinding views, well-cared-for roads nestled in the most famous valley of Italy, the Val D’Orcia. Here you will find the famous Chapel of Vitaleta and the house used in the film The Gladiator. Another beautiful route follows the road from Monticchiello to Montepulciano, all bends and cypresses…

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Podere Alberese - wine-tasting

Activities Podere Alberese - wine-tasting

Podere Alberese has been rewarded by the “Slow Wine guide” (published by Slow Food) for several years. It’s a collection of the best Italian wineries, with their production philosophy, and a story behind each bottle. The focus is on the "winemaker" and on his productive identity, an essential element to understand his wine.

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Rent a vintage Vespa Scooter, a drive along the strada bianca of Tuscany.

Activities Rent a vintage Vespa Scooter, a drive along the strada bianca of Tuscany.

Another way to enjoy the Tuscan country side is on a vintage vespa scooter or vintage Fiat 500. A tour of the Val d’Orcia will take you through Tuscany that you are used to seeing on postcards. The road that takes you from Pienza to San Quirico is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Spellbinding views, well-cared-for roads nestled in the most famous valley of Italy, the Val D’Orcia. Here you will find the famous Chapel of Vitaleta and the house used in the film The Gladiator. Another beautiful route follows the road from Monticchiello to Montepulciano, all bends and cypresses…

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San Martino - exquisite vegetarian restaurant surrounded by olive groves and a stunning view over Montepulciano

Restaurants San Martino - exquisite vegetarian restaurant surrounded by olive groves and a stunning view over Montepulciano

The exclusive plant-based vegetarian restaurant offers delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine as well as a high quality selection of organic wines and local beers. Guests can eat outside on on of the terraces with view either on Montepulciano or to the Tuscany hills, or inside. Since the dishes are entirely freshly made dishes it is essential to book a table before coming here. Fattoria San Martino is open for lunch and dinner

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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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L'Eroica - the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

Activities L'Eroica - the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

Held in Gaiole in Chianti - Tuscany, on the first Sunday in October, L'Eroica bike race is a Tuscan tradition with a unique charm. Cycling down the strada bianca (white gravel roads) on a vintage bike, in a retro outfit, crossing the wonderful landscapes of the Sienese Chianti, Crete Sense and Val d'Orcia. For those who don’t have the chance to participate in the official event in October, fear not! You can ride along the permanent route every day of the year. The path is open to everyone and can be completed in one or more days by all those wanting to test their skills or simply explore the area by bike.

A day at the beach.... Sirolo

Activities A day at the beach.... Sirolo

A day at the beach... The seaside town of Sirolo is beautiful and the Spiaggia di Due Sorelle, "Two Sisters Beach", is often included among lists of the best in Italy.

Italy Food Markets

Activities Italy Food Markets

Italy is one of the world’s great food cultures. It is an essential part of Italian life, and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in the local Italy food markets.Markets in Italy are the beating heart of food and community, where locals shop for what’s fresh and friends gather over an espresso and pastry in the middle of the day.

Tuscan Chef Little Kitchen - Italian Cooking classes

Activities Tuscan Chef Little Kitchen - Italian Cooking classes

Tuscan Chef Little Kitchen is a small cosy place where you can spend a few hours cooking and enjoying the company of other people. You will learn some of the secrets of Tuscan/Italian cuisine and can then taste the food which has been prepared together. The cooking school is located in via Umberto I, 140, in Montisi, a very pretty medieval hill top village near Siena, which is well worth a visit. The lessons are open to a maximum of 8-10 students and are totally hands-on. All the students will be involved in the preparation of each course. During the lesson, we will provide recipes to follow and drinks. There will be local wines paired with the meal. A fantastic experience with Tuscan Chef - Alessandro Piccinini

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Chiavi d'Oro - Arezzo

Restaurants Chiavi d'Oro - Arezzo

Situated in Arezzo’s historic centre, this restaurant boasts an original, minimalist ambience with an elegant wood decor. The main focus here is on the cuisine, which is among the best not only in the city but also in the region. Skilful interpretations of traditional dishes, with a focus on Tuscany, where the gastronomic pleasure increases with each course.

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La Grotta - Montepulciano

Restaurants La Grotta - Montepulciano

Restaurant “La Grotta” is set in an authentic and charming sixteenth century building with a garden terrace, directly opposite the Church of San Biagio (one of the best examples of Tuscan Renaissance architecture). La Grotta strives to offer a perfect balance between traditional Tuscan cuisine and modern gastronomy - its aim is to blend the authenticity of the region with innovation while, at the same time, respecting the centuries-old traditions. La Grotta's chef focuses on the quality of the ingredients, rather than on the complexity of the dishes. The wine list offers a vast range of locally-produced bottles alongside a wide choice of international labels

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Caffe Poliziano - Montepulciano

Caffè Caffe Poliziano - Montepulciano

Not exactly a hidden gem... but still a gem. Caffè Poliziano is an elegant Caffè in the historical centre of Montepulciano and a fine example of Art Nouveau design. For generations visitors and local residents have been able to enjoy a glorious view of of the Valdichiana from the balcony.

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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)

Abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore (1313)

Culture Abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore (1313)

Abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore is located on the edge of the charming village of Chiusure. The Abbey itself was founded in 1313 and fully restored in the 19th century. It is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Renaissance. Lunch is served at the vegetarian restaurant at the entrance to the abbey. The abbey is still in use by the silent monks, dressed in white robes who live here. To give the monks some privacy during the day, the abbey is closed between 12:00 -3:00pm Guest (religious or non-religious) are also more then welcome to attend the religious services; Mass on Sundays is in Gregorian Chant, which is a very unusual experience. Plan Your Visit to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore


Culture Trequanda

The tiny historic village of Trequanda is a 20min walk, 3min drive from Podere Invidia. We love to start our day with a hike to the village and enjoy a good cappuchino together with the locals on the square at Bar Caffe La Torre. Trequanda also has a bakery, butcher, small grocery store, an historic castle and the excellent slow-food restaurant "Il Conte Matto"

Truffle hunting with Nico - Montisi

Activities Truffle hunting with Nico - Montisi

There are a lot of truffles around the Trequanda area and nearby San Giovanni d’Asso hosts a wonderful truffle festival in November each year. In Trequanda you can go truffle hunting throughout the year, hunt for black truffles in the summer months and white truffles in the winter. Truffle hunting takes place in the early morning and takes around 2 hours with a truffle breakfast to follow. Alternatively you can go in the late afternoon and make arrangements to have a truffle dinner afterwards.

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Monti Verdi - Restaurant

Restaurants Monti Verdi - Restaurant

This town in the heart of the Val d'Orcia is pretty as a picture. The 900-year-old hamlet of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, off a winding gravel road that snakes across the hillside, was largely in ruins over a decade ago. Since then, it has been lavished with love and attention. Monteverdi is now a place where world-class musicians, artists, chefs and guests come together to create an experience all its own.

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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

Tuscan Gems

Culture Tuscan Gems

A few of our favourite villages that are definitely worth a visit. Take a bicycle, vintage scooter or Fiat500 and set off along the Tuscan country lanes

English Patient in Tuscany

Culture English Patient in Tuscany

Monastero Sant'Anna in Camprena Steeped in history and spirituality, this monastry has bewitched some great artists. The Italian-American director Anthony Minghella, for example, chose Sant'Anna in Camprena to shoot some of the most famous scenes of his film "The English Patient"

Il pellicano

Restaurants Il pellicano

For lovers of Italy and a fresh lifestyle, somewhere to revel in Tuscany’s sensuous nature on a cloud of light luxury. Visit their michelin star restaurant or chill out on one of the best beach spots you'll ever visit!

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La Locanda Rossa

Restaurants La Locanda Rossa

Larossa restaurant is immersed in the greenery of the Tuscan countryside, with tables by the pool in the garden of the Locanda Rossa or in the glassed-in lounge surrounded by Mediterranean plants.

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Parco della Maremma

Activities Parco della Maremma

Maremma means 'located by the sea'. The nature park has varied landscapes: from grassy plains and forests full of pine trees to sand dunes and beaches.

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Shop Pitigliano

This little village carved out of tufa stone (which is actually the same stone used at the lower level of Villa Maremma) is definitely worth a trip!

Learn Italian in Montepulciano, Tuscany

Activities Learn Italian in Montepulciano, Tuscany

One of our Plinius founders has studied here with great results! Language school "il Sasso" offers many different courses, from individual, to group or culture courses. The school is in an historic building in the heart of the town. It has 8 large, airy classrooms for Italian language courses, individual tuition and culture mini-courses and a hall that's used for conferences, exhibitions and events. There's a terrace with a lovely panoramic view - a favourite place for students to take their class breaks during the summer months - as well as an Internet point, free wifi access and the opportunity to study the Italian language or watch a film at the school at any time throughout the day.

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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Locanda Drogheria Franci.

Restaurants Locanda Drogheria Franci.

In addition to its wonderful wine list, which has made it a favourite for local producers, and more traditional Tuscan fare like tagliatelle with white truffles. 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 elegant dining area with modern tables and chairs and a beautiful summer terrace with a view. Authentic local Tuscan dishes in combination with a more contemporary cuisine.

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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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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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Wine, Prosecco, Grappa, Craft beer, and Olive oil.

Shop Wine, Prosecco, Grappa, Craft beer, and Olive oil.

Products you should definitely try, buy & enjoy at the Boscarello Estate are the award-winning organic wine, Prosecco, grappa, craft beer, and olive oil.

Vineria Porto Franco - Montisi

Enoteca Vineria Porto Franco - Montisi

Fabulous little wine bar in Montisi. They also do great wine tasting and delicious cheese plateau. Cheers!

Wine tasting - Villa Tirrena

Enoteca Wine tasting - Villa Tirrena

One of the most beautiful wine cellars in the world! The cellar is lit by hundreds of flickering candles, classical music is softly playing in the background and the wines are exquisite. There is a tasting lounge with comfortable sofas and a fire place or a stunning dining room within the cellar, also lit by candle light. This is an experience that is truly unique and chic! Guest at Villa Tirrena have a wine-tasting evening included. Outside guest can book a package (see more info below)

Somewhere down the crazy river...

Activities Somewhere down the crazy river...

A refreshing dip in the river is called "Parco park fluvial della val c'elsa". The natural Etruscan pool is called "Le Caldane in Colle val d'Elsa". River and natural pool both have free access. To avoid crowds we suggest to visit either early in the morning or late afternoon (and avoid weekends!)

Wine in the castle

Enoteca Wine in the castle

Wineshop inside the castle of Monteriggioni, to buy, taste and enjoy the best wines, Vinsanto as well as the black Malvasia Grappa.

Tenuta di Montechiaro Estate

Enoteca Tenuta di Montechiaro Estate

A historic Chianti winery, located 10 km from Siena. The cellars are from 1760 and they organise wine tastings. Four organic wines, traditional vinsanto (aged 6 years) and black Malvasia Grappa.It's a beautiful estate to visit, the panoramic views are outstanding, particularly the view of Siena in the distance and the panoramic view of rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves and stunning sunsets over Siena.

Horseback riding

Activities Horseback riding

The best riding centre in Radicondoli. Horseback riding for beginners and expert riders. It is possible to do 1 or 2 hours rides, or more demanding ones of 3 or 4 hours up to 1-day ride with a tasting or lunch with homemade food at the Club House.

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Villa a Sesta Polo & Equestrian Club

Activities Villa a Sesta Polo & Equestrian Club

One of the most prestigious clubs in Europe. You can book a tour for an hour (min 2 people / max 6 people) or private lesson. You can also book a wine tasting or end the experience with an Aperol Spritz at the bar.

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Castellina in Chiani

Culture Castellina in Chiani

There are the usual suspects; San Gimignano, Florence and Siena, all very beautiful... but unfortunately also very touristy. We prefer the lesser known place, like Castellina in Chiani. One of the most charming hilltop villages in the Chianti. Set on the scenic Chiantigiana, surrounded by vineyards and wooded groves, a landscape dotted with picturesque stone houses and ancient wine estates. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the many wineries; Fonterutoli is one of our favourites. (also in this guide)

The Unusual Suspect.

Culture The Unusual Suspect.

There are the usual suspects; San Gimignano, Florence and Siena, all very beautiful... but unfortunately also very touristy. Colle di Val d’Elsa is more off the beaten track, its main claim to fame is as the birthplace of architect Arnolfo di Cambio. Born around 1245, Arnolfo built Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Colle has a long tradition of craftsmanship and was nicknamed Città di Cristallo (“city of crystal”) for its many glassworks



Your very own Tuscan village. For centuries, the borgo of Fonterutoli has been the heart of the Mazzei family’s Chianti Classico estate. In Italian, a borgo is a small rural settlement. The ancient Florentine stronghold of Fonterutoli, which stands on the via Chiantigiana between Castellina in Chianti and Siena, is a typical example. A cluster of simple but lovingly crafted stone houses, it was built to provide accommodation for the estate’s farmworkers and their families and it still does. Fonterutoli Estate is our favourite Chianti tasting place. Taste 4 to 8 wines, you can choose to have some bites matching each glass. There is also a restaurant and little bar at the property.

Osteria di Fonterutoli

Restaurants Osteria di Fonterutoli

Alongside hills lined with cypress trees and ancient country churches, in addition to world-class wines and olive oil, Tuscany has one of Italy’s proudest and most instantly recognisable culinary traditions. The Osteria di Fonterutoli respects this heritage, serving dishes made exclusively with fresh, seasonal local produce, with a particular eye to the wild game that roams wild in the estate’s pristine, uncultivated meadows and woodlands. This is the restaurant of the wine estate Fonterutoli, where you can do wine tastings of 4 to 8 wines

The Società Orchestrale di Fonterutoli

Aperitivo The Società Orchestrale di Fonterutoli

Bar & Grocery Store opened in its new guise in 2017. It dates back to 1896, when it was inaugurated as a meeting place and rehearsal space for musically inclined locals of all stripes. For over a century, the Società was the hub of Fonterutoli's social life. The place has been spruced up now but it remains true to its original convivial spirit. Locals and guests from afar come here to grab a typically Tuscan snack, or an Italian-style aperitivo.

Bindi Sergardi Wine Estate

Activities Bindi Sergardi Wine Estate

I Colli estate represents the history and soul of 23 generations of the Bindi Sergardi family, which built this hamlet at the end of the 1400s. A unique tour, where you can enjoy the visit of the beautiful vineyards and the historic cellar which dates back to 1067. Wine-tasting of 4 to 8 wines, you can choose to have some bites or larger dishes accompanying each wine choice.

Bar dell'Orso - Monteriggioni

Caffè Bar dell'Orso - Monteriggioni

A very local bar with the best coffee, cold cuts and definitely try the panpetato cake

Ristorante le Torri - Monteriggioni

Restaurants Ristorante le Torri - Monteriggioni

Along the Cassia regional road from Florence to Siena, among vines, olives and the typical cypresses also sung by the great poet Carducci; past the village of Poggibonsi, the splendid 13th century castle of Monteriggioni appears on a hill. In the historic centre of Monteriggioni is Ristorante Le Torri. The cuisine is typically Tuscan, the food is excellent, the staff is super friendly and the setting beautiful.

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La Foresteria di Villa Cerna

Restaurants La Foresteria di Villa Cerna

The Restaurant is surrounded by vineyards offering the excellence of traditional Tuscan cuisine combined with the best local and national wines. There is also a Winery and a Wine Shop to welcome you for wine tastings or purchases.

Arnolfo Restaurant

Restaurants Arnolfo Restaurant

Two-stars Michelin Restaurant, Situated in Italy’s capital of crystal, this restaurant takes its name from the 14C architect Arnolfo di Cambio, whose birthplace is just a few hundred metres from here. Arnolfo is first and foremost a family business, which gives it a friendly, welcoming ambience. Guests are served delicious seasonal specialities that are typical of the region, on a menu that showcases a wide variety of ingredients with a range of flavours (sweet, bitter, sharp and crunchy).

Ristorante La Speranza

Restaurants Ristorante La Speranza

A local restaurant, less picturesque, but incredible meat - book in advance!

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Osteria Le Logge - Siena

Restaurants Osteria Le Logge - Siena

Osteria Le Logge was born from the deep love towards wine and food, that has matched Gianni Brunelli and his wife Laura.

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The Tre Cristi - Siena

Restaurants The Tre Cristi - Siena

The Tre Cristi wine restaurant, located in the heart of Siena, close to the seventeenth-century Collegiate of Santa Maria di Provenzano, takes its name from an ancient shrine. Best Fish restaurant in town, refined and beautiful setting.

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Enoteca I Terzi - Siena

Enoteca Enoteca I Terzi - Siena

Enoteca and Traditional Restaurant with wood-burning oven.

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Pasticceria Nannini - Siena

Caffè Pasticceria Nannini - Siena

Best Tuscan cakes; Pan di Siena fichi e noci, Ricciarelli, Antico Panpepato, Panforte, Cantucci

Dolci Tram - Siena

Shop Dolci Tram - Siena

Luxury boutique housing best designers.

Aloe&Wolf - Siena

Shop Aloe&Wolf - Siena

It’s not just a vintage clothing store. It’s not just a carefully selected collection of jewelry, hats, shoes, belts, vintage bags to go crazy for. Aloe&co. is a capsule of garments, accessories, works of art, photographs, videos created by Aloe&Wolf in collaboration with creatives from all over the world, a space where energies are amplified without restraints.

Ristorante Osteria Le Panzanelle

Restaurants Ristorante Osteria Le Panzanelle

Slow food restaurant, great food and Sibilla's favourite.

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La Bottega del 30 - Villa a Sesta

Restaurants La Bottega del 30 - Villa a Sesta

Franco, wine and countryside lover, Elena, his parisian wife, who fell in love with the village of Villa a Sesta and its food, decided together to open the restaurant in 1987. Their success was immediate, but their desire to improve has never ended. Ten years later, in 1997, the Michelin star was a great moment of joy.

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L’Asinello - Villa e Sesta

Restaurants L’Asinello - Villa e Sesta

A modern connection to the local land In the kitchen Senio brings to life clean and straightforward dishes. Flavors of the Tuscan tradition tied to its roots and its history, conceptualized in a modern way

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Prada Outlet

Shop Prada Outlet

The Space Prada outlet is the clothing store of the famous Italian brand Prada, where you can buy men’s and women’s outfits, shoes, sunglasses and various accessories. The large building also houses many products by other well-known clothing brands belonging to the same group such as Miu Miu, Car Shoe and Helmut


Restaurants Maggese

Located in the beautiful village of San Miniato you can find the completely vegetarian fine dining restaurant Maggese ran by chef Fabrizio Marino. He has a weakness for the Japanese kitchen and has worked in the first vegetarian restaurant of Europe in Milano which earned a Michelin star.

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Vegan Farm Restaurant I Pini Tuscany

Restaurants Vegan Farm Restaurant I Pini Tuscany

A Vegan farm to table restaurant. Innovative and colourful plates are being served in a beautiful tranquil terrace. The chefs always cooks with local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Toast to a slower, sweeter life while the sun sets over San Gimignano.

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Azienda Agricola SanCarlo

Activities Azienda Agricola SanCarlo

Gemma and Giancarlo will welcome you with a warm handshake and tour you around their vineyards. Every visit to San Carlo starts in this way, with a walk through the rows of vines which give life to the estate’s Rosso DOC and Brunello DOCG. They will then lead you to the cellar where their wine is looked after and stored, from one phase to the next. Last but not least, the wine-tasting while overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Il Palazzone

Activities Il Palazzone

The estate has three separate vineyards in quite different areas of Montalcino. The microclimate and extraordinary variety of terroirs means that they are able, on blending the three vineyard harvests, to have three complementary aspects of Montalcino in their Brunello.” Il vino si fa in vigna” – wine is principally made in the vineyard, not the cellar – and these results of these choices are evident in the final quality of their wines This winery offers wine tastings on the property either by walk-in or appointment

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Fattoria del Pino

Activities Fattoria del Pino

Sort and explore the best vintages of Fattoria del Pino Brunello di Montalcino. The winery was born in 2000 in the area of Montosoli on the Sienese side of the hill of Montalcino. This young estate is committed to making the Sangiovese grape prince of the territory with passion and dedication. The vineyards are planted on marl, clay, limestone and sandstone soil. Mid-hill mild temperatures and the presence and proper ventilation allow them to pick highly prized selected grapes from the vines, ready to express their elegance. Highly recommend to stop by here for a wine tasting!

Ristorante Terra

Restaurants Ristorante Terra

Terra is our new entry in our list of favourite places. A small refine restaurant nestled in the heart of Montalcino with an attentive service and a very well prepared and nicely assorted menu.

Il Passaggio by Capanna

Restaurants Il Passaggio by Capanna

Andrea Barcia, born in 1991, originally from Primiero, a small town in Trentino, is the chef of Il Passaggio by Capanna. Near the restaurant is a vegetable garden to guarantee the restaurant has a constant source of homegrown, seasonal vegetables and edible flowers which Chef Barcia personally selects. Il Passaggio Restaurant, just as the name which means “the passage” in English suggests, is much more than just a simple restaurant. It takes diners on a journey to discover the secrets of food and wine. The restaurant is located on top of a hill with a panoramic view of the surrounding Sienese countryside and to the town of Montalcino

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La Sosta

Aperitivo La Sosta

A selection of Organic Food and Wine, with a view of the medieval fortress and the gardens of the Empire. Our favourite place for an “Aperitivo" with a nice terrace overlooking sunset.

The secrets of Siena

Culture The secrets of Siena

Siena & Unesco Heritage area with a professional tour guide: Antonella Piredda. Secret Siena tour is all about hidden fonts, ancient castles, noble towers, tiny squares, little known churches, full of forgotten masterpieces. Pilgrim routes, saints, artists and travellers as well as ancient arts and crafts. Among the numerous and less crowded museums to visit, we may also include the Cripta della Cattedrale (the cathedral crypt) with its extraordinary thirteenth century frescoes only discovered in the year 2000; the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, the oldest hospital in the Western world and much much more! Super interesting.

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“White Gold” Hunt

Activities “White Gold” Hunt

A truly unique and engaging activity to hunt truffles in the middle of the Crete Senesi led by a “master truffle hunter” and his faithful four-legged specialist.
The activity continues with the tasting of the “hunt” combined with the products of the company, you can choose to stay for lunch or dinner and be able to taste our special truffle menu. The tours is in the truffle area of the Loghi farm and held throughout the year, upon request (except May) The meetings are usually in the morning at 10 o’clock or in the afternoon at 17 about, but much depends by season and weather patterns, preferring however the hours not too hot in summer and those with light in winter.

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Podere Arduino

Restaurants Podere Arduino

Farm to table restaurant right in between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Tuscan hills. They cook entirely vegetarian and all the raw materials come straight from their own garden.

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