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Wineries & Restaurants in the Montalcino & Siena areas


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Wineries & Restaurants in the Montalcino & Siena areas

SPICESupperClub | | Aug 3, 2012 01:45 PM

My wife, I and a couple of friends are planning a trip to Italy over the Christmas break. We're going to start in Rome and drive up through Tuscany to Florence for NYE. Along the way we'll be spending two nights in Montalcino and two nights in Siena. We're looking for some feedback on places we've already read about but also any feedback if we're missing a must visit winery or restaurant.

Night One - Montalcino:
- We're going to get in around 5 or 6pm after a visit to the hot springs in Saturnia. We'll likely want to have a nice big dinner as we'll be spending the next day wine tasting. So far I'm inclined to try one of the following restaurants:

- Osteria Osticcio
- La Taverna at Banfi
- Il Leccio

The next day we'll be going wine tasting w/ a driver. For sure want to visit Poggio Antico and have lunch there. For the second winery thinking about Il Poggione, Costanti or Banfi. Anyone feedback either way? Do you guys know if these wineries are open that time of year? (I know Banfi is)

Night Two - Montalcino
- Looking for a later dinner and will likely eat at one of the above unless you guys think we're missing one on the must visit list

The next day we're off to Siena. For dinner I was dying to eat at Il Canto but it sounds like they're closed that time of year. We'll be eating dinner one night at Le Logge but am conflicted about the first night. If Il Canto is open we'll eat there but what about the following restaurants:

- La Taverna di San Giuseppe
- Osteria Ill Carroccio
- Osteria Castelvecchio
- Ristorante Malborghetto

In terms of wine tasting in the Siena area we are schedule to visit Brunelli already but wanted to add a second. Thinking Felsina, Isole e Olena, Castello Vicchiomaggio, Badia a Coltibuono or Castello di Brolio

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