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Authentic Tuscany: Insider Travel

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Highlights of Authentic Tuscany

  • Discover Florence from an insider’s view, including the Ponte Vecchio, Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Michelangelo’s works, and hidden medieval family towers.
  • Stroll through the Renaissance town of Pienza.
  • Meander through the ancient streets and alleys of the medieval towns of Siena, Montepulciano and Cortona.
  • Sip a glass of world-class Brunello wine.
  • Walk in the hills around Montalcino and take in the sweeping vistas of the Val d’Orcia.
  • Cook an authentic mouth-watering Tuscan dinner.
  • Learn about the ancient Etruscans.

Food Markets Italy’s Cities

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Food markets in Italy can be found in every city, town and village. In the larger cities the food markets are generally in permanent locations and even within permanent structures. In the smaller towns these markets may appear once or twice a week, pack up, and move on to the next town. When visiting smaller towns it’s best to check ahead and find out what day of the week the market will be there. Here are a few permanent food markets in the larger cities.

Bolognia

Bolognia has been called Italy’s heart of food. My pick in this city is Mercato Centrale, Bologna. The main produce market overflows from via Francesco Rizzoli to il Quadrilatero. The surrounding region of Emilia-Romagna is home to some of Italy’s greatest gastronomic gifts (prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Grana Padano, mortadella, balsamic vinegar, and more), and you can find them all here, along with fish vendors, meat stalls, fruits and vegetables, and a great housewares store, Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, which carries every kind of pasta cutter imaginable. For me, the highlight of the market is A.F. Tamburini, a 78-year old pasta and provisions store where you can buy excellent ravioli, tagliatelle, and tortelli, either fresh or, in the adjoining cafe, cooked and served with a rich ragù bolognese. (9 via Francesco Rizzoli, Bologna.)

MY TOP 5 FLORENCE RESTAURANTS

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The culinary experience in Florence is unlike any other, filled with plenty of spots that any foodie will enjoy. But with so many choices it can get overwhelming. That’s why we’re offering our Top 5 Florence Restaurants that you must visit. For many foodies, eating in Florence is a must experience. We sample some of these restaurants on our Walking tours in Italy.

ABSOLUTE MUSTS

Cestello

For the foodie and food savvy there’s an amazing new restaurant slash club in Florence. Across the river Arno, on the Pitti Palace side, and in an unsuspecting, rather dreary location, is an upscale new destination for fish loving, fun loving locals. A few tourists are finding their way to this trendy spot but only because some upscale connoisseur concierges are referring their clients.

5 Must-Try Tuscan Meals

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Visiting Tuscany is a palate-pleasing experience, which is understandable because food seeps into every aspect of life in Tuscany and vice-versa. When you eat a meal here, you’re eating its history and culture.

Tuscan food is known for hearty meals with simple flavors. Plenty of fresh breads, cheeses, fruits and vegetables are used to create a luscious, regional meal that leaves you feeling connected to the community. With all that in mind, here are our choices for 5 must-try Tuscan meals.

Eat, Drink, Walk Tuscany

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Tuscany Back Stage Pass

Escape to Tuscany’s idyllic landscape. There is something eminently peaceful in wandering through vineyards and olive groves, passing vines tended by generations of winemakers, and savoring traditional cuisine made of the freshest local ingredients. Walk the lush rolling hills and medieval towns with their meandering roads.  Experience the magic of medieval towns and renaissance landscapes and you’ll never want to leave.

  • Discover the Tuscany countryside, culture, food, and traditions.
  • Visit the Tuscany of your dreams on this awesome trip.
  • Check out Chianti’s main wine market town of Greve.
  • Walk past vineyards to the Castello di Brolio, home of the original Chianti Classico recipe.
  • Enjoy guided visits to important Tuscan towns of Siena, Florence and Pienza.
  • Meander up the steep hills of Medieval Montalcino.
  • Savor the super Tuscans: Brunello di Montalcino and more.
  • This is a bespoke travel group limited to a maximum of 10 people.