Italian Food

Central Tuscany.

Lovely climate and people. Food to live for.
Lovely History and old Buildings

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  • Wine Cellar
  • Palazzo Pubblico

  • Siena-Villa Veronica

    Collelungo Villa

    Lovely position, just outside Siena
    Very easy to get into city and parking.
    Excellent accommodation breakfast, and facilities.
    Large swimming pool that overlooks the Chianti Wine area in rear garden.

    The owners and staff are very helpful.
    Our wedding party stayed here.
    Plenty of places of interest nearby;
    see Tourist Attraction below.

    Villa Veronica Site »

  • Castellina - Collelungo

    Collelungo Villa

    Excellent self catering accommodation in attractive stone buildings.
    Set at the end of a long hill.
    A high class wine estate, with separate wine room for clients to taste their high class Chianti.
    Large swimming pool.
    Rear path leads across hill to Castellina in Chianti, a very nice town

    Go North or South to Tourist places
    See Tourist Attractions below.

    Collelungo Site »

  • Rignana - Fattoria del Rignana

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    Although a wine estate, the buildings were the summer residence for the Bishop of Pistoia. It is split into B & B ( Old servants quarters and Church) and the main Villa with original ceilings paintings (1675) and a lovely court yard splitting the 2 areas, were a hearty breakfast is eaten.
    An Infinity pool overlooks the lovely country view set in a garden..

    Location-Location is amazing. 3 km down a gravel road, to a hidden valley. 2 amazing Restaurants one 150 yards away. The other through woods at Badia di Passigana. A must!!

    Fattoria di Rignana Site »

  • Siena-Restaurants

    osterio da Divo

    Osterio da Divo is where my daughter had her wedding with some 90 guests We have since been back 3 times. We can recommend it as one of the best Italian Restaurants we have eaten at. Highly recommended

    After spending some time visiting the will be looking forward to your lunch. With your back to the Duomo turn right and walk down hill. Take first left down, then turn left into Via Franciosa. Continue along. Restaurant on left.

    Osterio da Divo site »

  • Castellina-in Chianti Restaurants

    Taverna Vagliagli

    Plenty of choice in Castellina, but make the effort to go to Vagliagli were there is a very good restaurant called La Taverna di Vagliagli. Local 0577322532
    You can reach it by taking a gravel road across country

    Collelungo owners cook a traditional evening meal ,when there is the demand. Their local Chianti Reserve wine free (Worth the reasonable cost by its self)

    Collelungo Site »

  • Rignana - Restaurants

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    Without question the accommodation, the two restaurants, the scenery, the vineyards, make this location, a must visit.

    The Cantinetta has a great advantage, being only 150 meters from your B & B Food is very good and good value for what you get. Look at first picture at top. The food is our starter; Anti-pasta, Melon and ham.
    If you go to the restaurant Osteria di Passignano you will remember your meal and ambience for many years-Rather pricey.

    Cantinetta di Rignana Site »

    Osteria di Passignano Site »

Below you will find descriptions of tourist-cultural attractions                      The attractions shown below are a must !!
Places of Interest in Central Tuscany, Chianti-Siena
Places of Interest by Ipalio site »

We start with the Central Tuscany region, because it is a good area to visit for the first time
You can quickly get to Sienna, from any of the suggested accommodation sites
There are many places of interest Classico Region) within 30/40 minutes;
Castellina-in Chianti, Greve-in-Chianti, Radda-in-Chianti, Gaiole-in-Chianti, Monterriggioni,Vagliagli.
and many smaller villages with "Classico" vineyards, many also have Religious buildings.
You can visit San Gimignano, Volterra from the central region, but look at suggested itineraries, before arranging holiday, because if you arrive from Pisa Airport, you can return via Volterra (return to Pisa only 1 1/2 hours.)
Siena is the main place of cultural interest.
Palazzo Pubblico
is the building where the Council of Nine ruled Siena in the 1300's (Town Hall)
Piazza del Campo
is the famous area shaped like fan, with 9 divisions, where the locals race horses, around the "Palio" every July-August year

The Duomo
is one of the prettiest Cathedrals in Italy.
It took some 200 years to complete.
A large extension was planned, but the Black Death plague hit the city hard.

The Opendale di Santa Maria Della Scala
opposite the Duomo was the original Hospital, but has been converted to a centre for art and culture

Monterriggioni-Walled City
This fortress is best viewed from along the Colle di Val d,Elsa road. There are cafe's, restaurants, hotels and good walks around the walls

IGT Super Tuscany Reds/Whites - Gagliole Wine Estate
is an example of a number of wine Estates that broke away from the Chianti Classico formula to produce "Super Tuscany Reds".
Containing a different mix of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
Classified with initials IGT, and highly rated.

gagglio wine estate

Chianti Black Rooster Map
Shows the Chianti Wine region in detail.
You can obtain a map showing all vineyards from Tourist Centres.
chianti Map Try Castello di Brolio for a great day out.
There are many Monestries and Abbeys worth visiting.
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Siena Centre

  • Palazzo

    Palazzo Pubblico

    Visit the museum and climb the tower.
    Admire il Campo from the top.
    Enjoy a coffee in the Campo

    Siena Tourist Site »

Piazza del Campo

  • DuomoDuomo

    Venue for Palio Horse Race

    The Piazza is shaped like a scallop (split into 9 Segments representing the Council of Nine, who ruled Siena in 1300's)

    Siena info-Palio »


  • Duomo

    Duomo square

    After visiting, lovely spot to rest. Don't forget if you want to visit "Osterio da Divo" for lunch, follow earlier instructions

Monterriggioni-Walled City

  • Duoma

    14 Stone Towers on 570 metres of perfect walls

    Perfectly situated hilltop town built by Siena (1213-19).
    Early example of military architecture.

    Info on Monteriggioni »