Alright Ladies! It’s been almost four months, but I finally put together a Tuscany travel guide!
Tuscany is a region made up of numerous cities, landscapes, and covering thousands of square miles. AKA it’s definitely not the small little countryside dotted with wineries that I had in my head lol.
Ultimately I decided that our goal would be to find a central location with nice affordable hotels, restaurants nearby, and good local wine (which is a no brainer because, I mean, it is Tuscany after all!) After doing A LOT of research on Tuscan wine towns, I finally decided on Montalcino based on a few factors… it’s close to Siena and Pienza (two towns we wanted to visit), it has the “typical” hilly Tuscan landscape, and it has really good wine! (again, I mean duh, it’s Tuscany!)
I’m sharing where we stayed, the places we ate, and the wineries we visited below. So let’s get to it!
After going back and forth on TripAdvisor, I decided on the Si Montalcino Hotel. I loved this hotel for many reasons but mostly because of it’s walkable proximity to town (which truth be told was a HIKE), its beautiful and affordable rooms, the beautiful views, and the awesome free breakfast that is included. I also want to add that this hotel would be perfect for honeymooners on a budget. The small touches like fresh flowers everywhere, soft white linens, and the beautiful design took things up a notch.
Where we ate and drank:
RE di Macchia Our favorite meal of the trip. The restaurant sits in a small town house, and you feel like you are being served by an Italian family. We both did the prix fixe dinner with wine pairings, and it was fabulous.
Ristorante Taverna Del Grappolo Blu We ate lunch at this charming spot in the Montalcino town center after a morning of wine touring and it certainly hit the spot. I believe I had the gnocchi and it was delicious. All of the pasta here is homemade (as are many spots in town.)
Si Montalcino Restaurant We ate at this spot in the hotel on our last night, and the food was actually quite good. We got the tuscan steak and the pici pasta.
Wineries and Enotecas:
Fattoria dei Barbi
Enoteca la Fortezza di Montalcino