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There’s something enchanting about Tuscany. Its rolling hills, medieval towns and Renaissance-rich capital, Florence, provide the perfect setting for a holiday. To make the most of your visit to this magical region of Italy, follow our guide to the best hotels, restaurants and things to do.
A 30-minute walk from Il Segreto di Pietrafitta is the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano. The dining scene here lives up to the spectacular setting, and our pick of the bunch is Osteria Delle Catene, a secret little spot where you’ll be dining amongst locals. Their meat comes from one of Italy’s best butchers – Dario Cecchini – and the fare is traditionally Tuscan. Expect delicious dishes like pappardelle with truffle mushroom sauce.
Just a 20-minute drive from Belmond Castello lies this restaurant with two Michelin stars. Hidden within the unassuming town of Colle di Val d’Elsa, it is helmed by the Trovato brothers, and the restaurant’s low-key setting will make you feel as though you’re dining in someone’s home, albeit with spectacular views of the hillsides through arched windows. The food, however, quickly reveals that this is no ordinary place. The ever-changing tasting menu will parade plates of locally sourced, seasonal dishes in front of you, and the Trovato brothers are experts at pushing traditional Italian cooking to its limits, showing what it can become with a little imagination.