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Top Choice Tuscan in Montalcino

Il Leccio

Sometimes simple dishes are the hardest to perfect. And perfection is the only term to use when discussing this trattoria in Brunello heartland. Watching the chef make his way between his stove and kitchen garden to…
Top Choice Abbey in Montalcino

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

The serenely beautiful Romanesque Abbazia di Sant’Antimo lies in an isolated valley just below the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, 11km from Montalcino. Its Romanesque exterior features stone carvings of various …
Top Choice Cathedral in Pienza

Duomo

Pienza's duomo was built on the site of the Romanesque Chiesa di Santa Maria, of which little remains. The Renaissance church with its handsome travertine facade was commissioned by Pius II, who was so proud of the …
Top Choice Modern Italian in Pienza

La Terrazza del Chiostro

Chef Alessandro Rossi was one of the youngest-ever recipients of an Italian Michelin star and clearly has ambitions to reprise his success here. Dining on the gorgeous terrace with its panoramic view is the stuff of…
Top Choice Gardens in Val d'Orcia

La Foce

Built in four stages between 1924 and 1939, these formal gardens were commissioned by Anglo-American expat Iris Origo and her Italian husband Antonio. Designed by English architect Cecil Pinsent (1884–1963), who cre…
Top Choice Palace in Pienza

Palazzo Piccolomini

This magnificent palace was the residence of Pope Pius II, and is considered Bernardo Rossellino's masterpiece. Built on the site of the pope's family houses, it features a fine courtyard, handsome staircase and the…
Top Choice Tuscan in Montalcino

Trattoria L'Angolo

We thought about keeping shtum about this place (everyone loves to keep a secret or two), but it seemed selfish not to share our love for its pasta dishes with our loyal readers. Be it vegetarian (ravioli stuffed wi…
Top Choice Modern Tuscan in Val d'Orcia

Dopolavoro La Foce

The founding members of this 1939 dopolavoro (recreational club) would be amazed to see its recent transformation. A stylish interior makeover has endowed it with a contemporary vibe, and the rear garden is a textbo…
Top Choice Modern Italian in Pienza

Townhouse Caffè

The menu at this chic eatery is pared back in more ways than one: there are around four choices per course, presentation is minimalist and the emphasis is on the quality of the produce rather than clever culinary tr…
Top Choice Tuscan in Monticchiello

Osteria La Porta

When somewhere is this good, it's best to book. Set just inside Monticchiello's main gate, this highly regarded eatery has a terrace with panoramic Val d'Orcia views and a legion of local fans. The €23 fixed-lunch m…