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Honeymoon in Montalcino


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Honeymoon in Montalcino

EMarks | May 28, 2010 10:28 AM

My husband and I are planning our delayed honeymoon to Italy (Rome, Montalcino, Florence, Positano) in June. I have been scouring the Chowhound Boards and we are set for all of our stops except Tuscany and I am looking for suggestions!

We will be staying 3 night at Castello Banfi in Montalcino.

One night we will be having dinner at the hotel's Taverna restaurant (I have read mixed reviews but the tasting menu dinner came as part of our package). We were originally planning to go to Solociccia one of the nights but it seems that the 90 min/2 hour drive is just a little far for dinner, I have also heard (despite a recommendation from a friend) that it is a bit of a tourist trap.

So I need dinner spots for two nights, preferably those that are not too far of a drive (we will have a car but do not want to drive so we can enjoy all of the fab Brunellos!) If it is worthwhile, we are happy to hire a driver.
Does anyone have thoughts on the following:
Al Baccanale
Les Barriques
Osteria al Giardino (I read it was pricey, which I do not mind if it is worth it!)
Il Gambe di Gatto
Osteria Dell'Acquacheta

We are also planning to do an afternoon of wine tasting. We know that we will go to the Ciacci Piccolomini D'Aragona, but would like to visit 2 other vineyards.

Thanks so much in advance for everyone's input!

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