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Beautiful Tuscany

 

ToscanaWhen the sun is burning the hills, in the Summer season, and in the silence of Winter, an ancient Tuscany is living among olive trees, vineyards, cities of art and old villages. It’s a region that represents cultural crossroads,  strong cuisine flavours and a wine growing and producing practice of excellence. Many are the itineraries leading to discover its history and traditions. Countless are the reasons to visit it: just let yourselves be inspired.

 

To begin with, consider visiting Arezzo, if you want to discover the Tuscan inland: a taste of the old times and a glance at the future. Its origins are Etruscan, but then it turns into  a strategic place in Roman times. Today Arezzo is a charming town where the old architecture joins the streets for shopping, the good cuisine and  the urban style places. The real treasures though, are hidden along the medieval uptown streets. The  Cathedral, for example, that houses the painting of Saint Mary Magdalein by Piero della Francesca and the stained glass story windows by Guillaume de Marcillat. Next to the medieval towers you can view the Loggiato Vasariano, where, on the first Sunday of each month, an Antics Fair enlivens it.  Don’t miss the Bacci Chapel, inside the Basilica of San Francesco, with a series of frescos of the Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca..

 

Not far from Arezzo you can find Civitella in Val di Chiana, a little village on the south western rises of the chief town. If you walk the uphill routes with their flowery terraces and the unexpected patches on the valley, you will come across Lucignano, a placeof great enchantment. The town of Cortona has an open view up to the tops of Mount Amiata. You’ll have to climb the narrow uphill alleyways in order to breathe its quiet and seducing atmosphere and enjoy its most evocative and hidden corners.

Among the local delicacies is the Chianina bovine race, which was born here more than two thousand years ago and which is also  popular in the whole Italian territory as a guarantee of excellence. The chianina meat T-bone, together with the boiled beef, the stracotto and the spezzatino,  is a cult of the Tuscan table. If we are what we eat, then well-being is being able to nourish ourselves with quality raw materials: this means you should taste them directly on-site, in one of the local restaurants, together with a good glass of Brunello di Montalcino. Just one hour drive from Cortona you will reach Val d’Orcia and, in this village that needs no presentations, you may decide to make an eno-chic visit. Capital of the famous Brunello, whose quoted value has grown incredibly high, it’s a tangle of narrow streets and little medieval squares. It is set on a hill towering above the valleys of Asso, Ombrone and Arbia and the vineyards all around. It’s both a sweet and harsh landscape that will heal your soul.

 

TRAVEL NOTES

 

ACCOMODATION

Park Hotel Arezzo

Pure design, signed by Simone Micheli

Loc. Battifolle 36/, Arezzo

Tel. +390575 96041

apointhotelsresorts.it

double bedroom from 80 €

 

Lupaia

Half an hour from Montalcino, a refined  farmhouse  in the green

Località Lupaia 74, Torrita di Siena (SI)

Tel. +39 0577 668028

lupaia.com

double bedroom b&b from 170 €

 

AT THE TABLE

Il Borghicciolo

Old recipes from Arezzo

Corso Italia 35 , Arezzo

Tel. + 39 .0575354555

osteriadelborghicciolo.com

from 20 €

 

Osteria Acquacheta

Genuine food

Via del Teatro 2, Montepulciano

Tel. +39 0578 717086

acquacheta.eu

from  25 €

 

PROVISIONS

Antica Lavorazione Carni

It sells the products of La Chianina farm: you can find certified high quality bovine meat, cold cuts and other typical local products.

Via Cassia, 156 – Cesa

Marciano della Chiana

Tel. +39- 0575.842462

lachianina.com

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