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Jason why not cook yourself or invite a cook at La Casina, Villa Arceno. See http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p336781
- Bar Pasticceria SalzaBorgo Stretto, 44recommended Bar Pasticceria SalzaSalza is on one of Pisa's most popular strolling and shopping streets, Borgo Stretta. So, take a break from shopping and touristing and enjoy a taste of some of the best pastry in Italy. It's not ... read morecheap, so be selective, or maybe splurge. I got a Sicilian style cannoli and a glass of ice tea, and sat in the shade in front of the shop and relaxed and reviewed my plans while all of Pisa walked by. It's a simply beautiful shop with a display case full of tantalizing treats. Do just stop in and look, or pick up a box of something and bring it back to the hotel to share with your friends.
- Osteria Del NoceVia della Madonna, 14, 57030 Marciana Leghorn, Italyrecommended Osteria Del NoceWalk up the winding stone stairways of Mariciana (Alta) to reach Noce. Perched on the hillside with views of Marciana Marina below and of stretches of sea, Rita and Alberto offer the best of Elba ... read morecuisine. It's a blend of traditional Ligurian seafood with the earthier influences of Tuscany. Rita and her sister created many dishes based on their mother's recipes, and embellished with contemporary interpretations. You can start off by sampling the chestnut flour bread, and move through a seafood antipasto, to a mushroom pasta. And the lovely deserts. Try one with frutti del bosco, wild berries. I've been here many times and have always enjoyed the warm family atmosphere blended with professional service. Some say this is the best restaurant on Elba. Open March 20 through September 30.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- Ristorante Il FrantoioVia della Madonna, 11, 56040 Montescudaio Pisa, Italyrecommended Ristorante Il FrantoioI've stayed at lovely Dolce Toscana in Montescudaio, and il Frantoio is the restaurant we returned to over and over. They specialize in local Tuscan specialties, and do it very very well. The pasta ... read morewas delectable and the help attentive. The chefs are active members of the Italian "slow food" movement, and they use the best local seasonal ingredients.Recommended for:Foodies
- Fattoria Poggio AlloroVia Andrea Mantegna, 23, San Gimignano Siena, Italiarecommended Fattoria Poggio AlloroWe stopped at this farm as part of our Tuscany day tour with Walkabout Tours. You get to see where they make wine, the numerous cows they have for milk and meat, and the olive trees. The lunch is 99% ... read moreall made on the farm and is all organic and comes with 4 wine pairings. The pasta was amazing as was the cured meats. I also loved the pistachio biscottis though the sweet wine pairing with it was a little strong for me.Recommended for:
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I also don't know about Murano glass factory, but there are some information on this website : http://www.muranoglassfactory.org/IT/contact.asp
However, I visited and bought a few Murano glass products in the "Galleria La Gondola". Good quality, modern and so beautiful, prices are reasonable.
- Murano Glass MuseumFondamenta Giustinian 8recommended Murano Glass MuseumThe Murano Glass Museum displays various glass works from the centuries of the island's history. What I found most incredible was how the pieces of glass don't age. An emerald-colored chandelier from ... read morethe 1700's looks just as new as when it was first created. Definitely a good stop before touring the glass shops on the island.Recommended for:History BuffsRich Carriero
I can't recommend a particular factory. But you can stop into individual shops and see what's on display. I bought a Christmas ornament from one vendor and jewelry from another. In the case of the jeweler you could watch him work with pliers and a blowtorch.