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Torrita Di Siena

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Providence, Rhode...
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Torrita Di Siena

We will be spending 5 days in a B&B in Torrita di Siena in late September. (This will be followed by 3 days in Florence.) We will have an automobile. Has anyone stayed in this town? Any suggestions on day trips or restaurants? Any suggestions on where to park in or near Siena and/or San Gimignano? All responses are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Montepulciano, Italy
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I know this town very well indeed as I have Italian friends living there. As is often the case, there are two parts - the lower, more modern town and the old town up on the hill hidden behind the town walls. This is a lovely little place, and although it doesn't have that many famous sights, the quiet medieval lanes are really charming. They have a contrada system and the villagers are often flying their contrada flags, there are a couple of small squares, a tiny town hall, it's all on a very small scale but it's really nice and almost always very quiet even in summer. The highlight of the year here is the village's own take on a palio but rather than race horses as they do in Siena, here they race donkeys on the last weekend of March! I suspect though that your B&B is probably in the country outside the town. No matter which side of the village it's on, it's easy to get around and brilliantly placed for touring. With the exception maybe of Sinalunga, virtually every village within a 30 mile radius is worth a visit. The drive over to Montepulciano, Pienza, etc is a fab one through a particularly beautiful bit of countryside. The less well known nearby towns of Trequanda, Petroio, Montisi, Castelmuzio, San Giovanni d'Asso, Asciano are also worth a visit and these are very unspoilt villages that again don't see many tourists. Trequanda in particular is architecturally very interesting and you'll find some treasures by way of art in one of its churches. Going the other way across the Val di Chiana, it's not far to Cortona / Arezzo. Heading south, there's a lovely drive right through the valley taking you up into old town Chiusi with its lovely cathedral and best Etruscan museum in the region. Re places to eat, the list is too long for there are so many good places within a 15 minute drive. If you do a search for parking in Siena on this board, you'll find numerous threads with detailed advice - it's very easy. San Gim is a bit trickier as it's always so crowded. Unless you arrive early (before 9) be prepared for bit of a hike into town but often it's just pot luck.

Providence, Rhode...
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2. Re: Torrita Di Siena

La Straniera,

Thank you for your very helpful post. Your suggestions are great and it is reassuring to hear from someone who has actually been to the places we plan to visit.

Mille grazie.

Montepulciano, Italy
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You are more than welcome, and now some suggestions for places to eat, I'd imagine they have all been reviewed on TA so you'll find more information (including location). In Torrita - La Cripta and Tre Pere. A little out of town heading towards Sinalunga a newish place in a converted farm building, Le Macine. They specialise in Chianina beef and it's very good. Further on in Bettolle Rist Walter Redaelli, we rate this quite highly. Up in the countryside heading towards Trequanda - Fattoria del Colle and Madonnino dei Monti both are beautiful properties, lovely atmosphere, excellent food. For a splurge, consider the Palazzo Brandano at Petroio, for lunch Roberto's at Montisi, for an amazing value light lunch the new enoteca immediately below the car park (on the right as you enter from Petroio) in Castelmuzio. There are masses more but these came immediately to mind.

Providence, Rhode...
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La Straniera,

Thanks for being so generous with you time and suggestions. May I impose upon you for another question. Do you have a winery or wine tour in this area that you recommend? (I am aware of the Strada di Vino Nobile web page.)

Thanks again.

Montepulciano, Italy
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It's across the valley going towards Cortona (not far from Cortona itself) but the tour I like best in this area is at Avignonesi, we also rate their wines very highly, both reds and whites. If you are going this way, perhaps time your tour (and you should pre-book) to allow you to have lunch at the Piccola Trattoria Guastini at Valiano, which is alone worth the detour. Another tour that is supposedly good (though I haven't done it myself yet) is at Poliziano.

Providence, Rhode...
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Again, your help is truly appreciated.

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