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Help Ori Zaltzman with their trip plan: Going to Tuscany, Italy

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Eduardo Sasso recommended Osteria da Cice
Osteria da CiceVia San Pietro, 32, Siena, Italy
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Small intimate restaurant with great food, from the appetizer, house wine to the main course everything was delicious.
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Alex recommended L'Osteria Di Giovanni
L'Osteria Di GiovanniVia del Moro 22, 50123 Florence, Italy
5
Who knew ricotta and pear would go so well together in a savory pasta? (Giovanni, apparently.) Giovanni's is in the city center, but down an empty enough side street to be inconspicuous. You will ... read more
often be the only tourist in the restaurant, but the staff is as friendly as could be.
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Alex recommended Tutti a Tavola
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Imagine this: You are sitting at a table with 20 of your new best friends, half Italian, half English-speaking cooking school guests. You spent the morning at the local farmers market, buying the ... read more
squash blossoms and wild boar you just spent six hours learning to cook. The four Italian grandmothers teaching you are either smiling or laughing most of the day, and you wonder how it's possible they don't have their own Food Network channel yet.
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Elad Ben-Yosef recommended Osteria L'Osteria
Osteria L'OsteriaVia dei Rossi, 79/81 Siena, Italy 53100
5
The sign on the door says: "Here, eat slowly!" and indeed, and this great small Italian place, all you want to do is to forgot about your watch and eat...
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If you get to Siena, go to this place. I found this by accident, and it was one of the best accidents I have ever had :-)

Elad Ben-Yosef recommended Ristorante Il Latini
Ristorante Il LatiniVia dei Palchetti, 6
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My jaw opened when I saw the piece of meat they served there. This is a MUST VISIT place if you are not vegi.

Jim Barton recommended Lucca
5
Loved this place! Pretty relaxing town in the daytime. Stroll down the street inside the walled town. Rent a bicycle and ride along the top of the wall which completely surrounds the town. At night ... read more
the shops come alive and there are tons of restaurants to choose from. If you can find it check out Queens. The food is excellent and has a great atmosphere. Queens is a favorite of the locals.
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Yep, Queens is a must if you are in Lucca!

Wana Ursiripant recommended Siena
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A little small town in Tuscany that I loved even a short time when got a day trip from Florence.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Il Borgo di Vescine - Relais del Chianti
Il Borgo di Vescine - Relais del ChiantiLocalita Vescine, 53017 Radda in Chianti, Italy
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Lovely property that feels more like a luxurious village than a hotel. Rooms are well appointed and there lovely views of the surrounding hills and Raddi.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Osteria le Logge
Osteria le Logge33 Via del Porrione, Siena 53100 Italy
4
Wonderful restaurant with great atmosphere. Say "hello" to the maitre d', Mirko, and ask about the new wine cellar. The food and atmosphere here are great. Book in advance if you can.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Casa Degli Orsi
Casa Degli OrsiVia Spagni 20, Montalcino, Italy
5
Dominico and Lina run this lovely guest house and cooking school. Located in central Montalcino, the location couldn't be any more convenient. You really feel like part of the family when you visit. A ... read more
truly special place.Dominico has an heirloom vegetable / herb garden in the back that supplies some of the cooking ingredients. The upstairs rooms are for rent. We didn't stay here but the rooms are very specious and come complete with a gorgeous terrace.A lovely experience.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Conti Costanti
Conti Costanti51–55 Via Moglio, Montalcino, Italy
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Wonderful family-run winery making Brunello. An award winning producer with a long history. Andrea and Angela are as lovely as their wines. Exceptionally good. Exceptionally friendly.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Hotel Vecchia Oliviera
Hotel Vecchia Oliviera.Landi 53024 | Angolo v. Landi 1, 53024 Montalcino, Italy
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The bed is a bit hard and the room is basic but the setting and location here are perfect. Gorgeous views and a nice little pool to boot.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Il Santo Bevitore
Il Santo BevitoreVia di Santo Spirito, 64-red, Firenze, Italia
5
Wondeful wonderful wonderful. Yes, there are touristas but they have been well filtered and this place is extremely popular with locals. Reserve in advance. Il Santo next door is a wonderful ... read more
pre-dinner option.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Il Santo
Il SantoVia Spirito Santo 64R, Florence, Italy
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Gorgeous new wine bar with excellent food and an attractive crowd. Great place for a drink before heading to Il Santo Bevitore.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended 'Ino
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The balsamico was one of the best sandwiches I've had in my life. Fantastic. The atmosphere here is incredibly charming. This one is a must visit for Florence. Exceptional.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Borgo Antico
Borgo AnticoPiazza Santo Spirito, 6r, Florence 50125 Italy
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Exceptionally good pizza that is off the beaten path. The Borgo is exceptional -- basically a caprese salad on a pizza crust. Delicious.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Io - Osteria Personale di Matteo Fantini
Io - Osteria Personale di Matteo FantiniBorgo San Frediano, 167/r, Florence, Italy
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You won't find a drop of red sauce at this charming modern Italian spot but what you will find is delicious inventions made with local ingredients and served with impeccable presentation.The tempura ... read more
zucchini flowers stuffed with mozarella and served with tomato sorbet were exceptional. I couldn't help but feel a little sad when I had my last bite of the chocolate crumble mousse served with strawberries and balsamic gelato.The 4 course tasting menu is easy on the budget at 40 Euro. The owner, Matteo, is a charmer and I'd highly recommend having him choose your wine from the long list of niche local producers on the menu.Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, Osteria Personal is a pleasant 15-20 min walk from the historic center of Florence. Off the beaten path but popular with those in the know. I found this spot through an Italian friend who was emphatic that I go there.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Gilli
GilliPiazza della Repubblica, 39, Florence, Italy
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Perfect breakfast spot. Stand at the bar, enjoy a coffee and a brioche. Looks touristy but full of locals. A Florentine institution.
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Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) commented on this question

Those are a few of the less obvious highlights from my recent trip. For others, check out my Tuscany guide. Enjoy!

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